I really like the phrase Farm to Table. I like the reminder of where our food comes from. Farm to Table usually refers to restaurant tables – restaurants that feature seasonal, local food on their menus. This concept strives for an economic boost to the local economy – both the restaurants and the farms. The public gets the benefit of new and creative restaurant dishes with fresh local produce.
Check out the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) website for their list of local Farm to Table restaurants.
More local farms are also starting CSA’s – Community Supported Agriculture. This is where people pay in advance for weekly “shares” of local produce and sometimes other products like eggs and bread. You pick up your fresh veggies at a certain place and time each week. Some of the CSA’s have all the customers they can handle this year, but some are still taking customers. Visit livegreenhoward.com for our list of CSA’s.
Farmer’s markets are also in full swing. Howard County sponsors 6 local farmers’ markets. The markets operate Wednesday through Sunday, each day at a different location in the County (two locations on Sunday). Here is the link for the locations and times.
Local farms often have their own farm stands on or near their farm. The HCEDA website has a cool feature called “farm search” where you can find out lots of info on local farms and what they offer.Elissa Reineck July 2013