The phrase “farm-to-table” has sprouted into a national trend and movement with the advent of farmer’s markets, locavores, and farm-to-table eateries. We are continually advised to practice “farm-to-table” eating by a number of sources too including nonprofit organizations, health and lifestyle magazines, as well as top media outlets. It’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon as urban sprawl increasingly threatens our farmlands and GMO, pesticide-laden and factory-farmed foods continue to stock our supermarkets.

According to Khaled Allen, managing editor of FarmtoTableOnline.org, farm-to-table is a movement focused on “eliminating as many steps as possible between where the food is grown and where it’s eaten.”

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The more we can obtain our food directly from farms (especially local farms), the more we can grow into a society that places the Earth and community bonds high on our values list. Farm-to-table initiatives benefit the environment by lowering dependence on fossil-fueled transportation since great travel distances are usually eliminated from the equation. Moreover, these initiatives typically encourage farmers to use ethical and sustainable farming methods, as these are what farm-to-table consumers want and demand. Additionally, the farm-to-table movement offers support to local economies and can bring about a resurgence of community interactions and bonds. Eating farm-to-table is also better for you and your family since the threat of pesticides and GMO-made foods is greatly diminished.

Sounds pretty great, right? We think so. To help you transition into the farm-to-table movement, we’ve put together a custom menu made of ingredients you can easily get at your local farmer’s market, buy locally in your supermarket or even grow or make yourself. What follows are a set of five recipes ranging from a scrumptious veg-friendly omelet to a delectable pumpkin bean bar that will take you seamlessly from breakfast to dessert farm-to-table style.

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