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Farm to Table and More

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

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