What is farm to table?

Farm to Table - Woman in garden with tomatoes and carrots

The phrase “farm to table” is being used everywhere from restaurant menus to nutritional advice publications. What exactly does it mean? Put simply, farm to table is just that – food taken directly from a farm and brought straight to your plate. The social movement that’s quickly gained momentum in the culinary world pushes for the purchasing of food from local farms. This is to cut down on shipping times and preservative use and maximize flavor and freshness.

Fast equals fresh: While eating healthy is always important, the quality of the food you put in your body is equally crucial. Eating fresh, local food can increase the nutritional value of your meals exponentially. Fruits and vegetables begin to lose their nutrients the second they’ve been picked. They become exposed to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes only serve to accelerate the nutritional deterioration. The sooner food can get from the farm to your table, the better.

Better ingredients, better taste: Buying locally grown food means that you’re getting produce at its peak state. Where massive farming operations must often pick their fruits and vegetables before they fully ripen to ensure they don’t spoil. Then during transportation, local farms can allow their produce to ripen longer, which equates to more nutrients and better flavor. Additionally, while mass-produced foods are grown for quantity, farm to table food is grown for taste. Eating meat that is grass-fed and free range will not only maximize the health benefits of your meal, but you’ll enjoy eating it more too because of how good it tastes.