How do I find locally grown ingredients?

Farmers markets are the best place to start, as you can meet local growers and see what crops are available each month during the growing season. From there you can:

  • Collaborate with a grower and have specific crops grown for you, such a lettuce, tomatoes, fruits, and other desired menu items.

  • Create a relationship with growers and receive shipments each week to your restaurant.

  • Find out from your current food purveyor what local products they distribute

  • Seek out local cheeses, meats, and wines, which can be included on your menu year round.

  • Show up early to the market each week to purchase items for your seasonal menu.

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1. Why should I include local items on my menu?
2. How do I find locally grown ingredients?
3. Are there any barriers to using locally grown ingredients?
4. Should I advertise that I use local products?
5. What resources are available to me?