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Jan 11, 2014 07:23 AM

Farm to table......

This gimmick is restaurants and their "farm to table" b.s......why, doesn't the customer know when their being served wilted lettuce, old fruits and veggies ??....what's the sense of advertising "farm to table ?" they can justify higher prices ??

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  1. Are you referring to a specific restaurant?

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    1. re: HillJ

      No.......but the answers given ..all make sense...

      1. re: LEOFONT

        Yes LEO the definitions given do but I sure hope you're not missing out on some spectacular offerings in NJ if you've run up against what you're describing as gimmick and what you really want is the true experience.

        Including pop ups out of Hunterdon county several restaurants working with farms have been listed already.

        1. re: LEOFONT

          There's a vibrant community of over 70 local farms providing produce and products year round.

          A local company called Zone 7 started in 2008 and has quickly become the champions of providing the weekly bounty of these farms to the local restaurants, markets and more.

          Check them out here:

      2. In my mind, what makes a restaurant fall into the "farm to table" classification is that they make alliances with farmers who raise vegetables, poultry, meat, and produce cheese. They either get direct delivery from the farmer or are in a network that makes deliveries for the farmer. Many times, they indicate the name of the farm or producer on the menu. This is as opposed to those restaurants who get their deliveries via a Sysco truck. I would imagine that there are those restaurants who loosely use the farm-to-table language: sure the veggies were grown on a farm when, in their mind, it doesn't matter than it was some large industrial farm. We need to be educated consumers to make sure the value is there from a particular restaurant.

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        1. re: Marie07960

          Very well said Marie! I love the concept especially if they are showcasing local ingredients. It gives the community a source of pride while also helping the local economy. Of course, not all execute well and God forbid lie about the source.

        2. There's definitely an overuse and abuse of the term, but there are places doing it right. Which restaurant(s) are you referring to?

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          1. re: Breeoche

            Nothing in NJ I expect, unless they are only open seasonally.

            1. re: equal_Mark

              Also very good points. I actually prefer a combination. It is very hard to be only local. I've gone to several places that showcase local ingredients when they can such as locally caught seafood. Just making an effort to include local bounty makes a difference and many times with less pretense.

              1. re: equal_Mark

                actually there is an ample supply of local produce available year round.


              2. re: Breeoche

                The best example is A Toute Heure in Cranford. Of course, Ninety Acres (Natirar) has their own farm. There is also Ursino on the Kean University Campus. Some local farms still have greens that they are growing in hot houses or tunnels. A lot of what is available in the winter season, however, are winter squash and onions and the like.

                1. re: Marie07960

                  Edible Jersey magazine did an entire issue on NJ's farm to table restaurants. That's why I asked the OP if they were referring to a specific restaurant.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    last summer I made a post about an actual NJ farm that served meals outside (obviously when the weather was nice)

                    Let me try to find that.

                      1. re: HillJ


                        It doenst look like they have updated the site in a while though.

                        1. re: corvette johnny

                          I wonder if they scheduled anything this past year. I'm going to pull my copy of Edible Jersey.. thanks though.

                          1. re: HillJ

                            another group that does outdoor dinners usually on a farm or vineyard is Outstanding in the Field. They did (2) local dinners last year at the Great Road Farm with Josh Thomsen from Agricola and Stonybrook Meadows with Scott Anderson from Elements.


                            Check the site for 2014 dates.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                the 2014 Outstanding in the Field schedule is now out.

                                They return for a dinner at the Great Road Farm (Skillman/Princeton) with Agricola chef Josh Thomsen on Weds, Sept 10 at 3pm.

                                Details here:

                                1. re: Foody4life

                                  we actually have a gift certificate for Outstanding in the Field for $489 that we can't use this year-- if anyone is thinking of purchasing tickets to an OITF event this week, please let me know!

              3. Great video on how the local farm to table process continues thru winter:


                1. I've heard that the vegetables served at The Black Forest Inn, were from a farm. How's that joonjoon, fourunder & sdenred?

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                  1. re: Herm

                    I'd be curious to their responses as none of the members you cite had commented on this thread. So guys, what say you on this concept of farms growing vegetables?

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      Ahhh, never mind... Was not aware of the Black Forest Inn game being played here... :-)