We love working with the local farmers which is why most produce from our restaurant is purchased locally. Using local farms has numerous benefits; it builds a sense of community and supports our local economy, among many others.
Why is using local farms beneficial?
1. Farmland benefits the environment and wildlife by protecting water systems, conserving fertile soil, provides open space for your community, and a habitat for wildlife.
2. Eating local food provides you with the best tasting produce and the highest nutrients.
3. Local produce is picked at its peak ripeness since it does not have to be packed and shipped, unlike most produce in chain food stores, which is picked before it is even ripe.
4. Shorter time from farm to table means more nutrients stays within the produce. When you purchase non-local (even organic) food that has been imported from far away, it is older, has traveled on trucks or planes, and has sat in warehouses. This process lessens the amount of nutrients within the food by the time it gets to you. Which also brings up the point of taste- local produce generally tastes better simply because it is fresh.
Knowing how local farmers work ensures you that the produce or food you purchase is free of harmful pesticides. They take their work seriously and want to provide the best possible food they can for families in the area.
Local Farms We Work With
We have a close relationship with the farmers we work with and visit on a regular basis.
Visiting regularly helps us see their farming practices up close. Each farm uses organic, natural practices for their growing techniques and also when dealing with pests. These farms grow specific produce for us which is why we are so happy to work with them.
We work with a few different farms to make sure we are using the best farms for our customers.
By working with these smaller farms, we are happy to keep a strong local economy that is based on trust, respect, and honesty, which in turn supports local jobs and helps the families that are our neighbors. Take a look at our list below:
1. Thompson Farm - Wall, NJ
Fresh Vegetables and Greens
2. Beyond Organics - Freehold, NJ
Fresh Greens, Herbs, Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Microgreens
3. Shangri La Farms- Howell, NJ
Eggs, Fresh Greens, Vegetables, Herbs
4. From the Garden- Freehold, NJ
Honey and Exotic Fruits
5. Origins Farms - Brick, NJ
Wheatgrass, Sprouts, Microgreens, Fresh Greens
Organic vs. Certified Organic
The farms we work with practice organic farming and are organic farms, but not all are certified by the state.
All farms that we have chosen to work with practice honest methods that promote the health of the environment and mother earth. Not being certified does not lessen the fact that they use organic methods just like a certified organic farmer. If you would like to understand more about what it means to be certified please visit The State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture.