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Green Cuisine: Restaurant Gardens

Green Cuisine: Restaurant Gardens

Farm-to-table is a food trend that brings healthy, sustainable food options from the growing fields to diners who want to know where their food comes from. Restaurant gardens can provide a living tapestry of healthy food, just steps away from the dining table.

According to a recent report in the National Restaurant Association, one third of 2,000 chefs surveyed named gardens as a top trend. Many restaurants have found that it costs them less to grow their own produce than to buy it elsewhere and have it shipped. It also gives chefs more control over quality, providing the added flexibility to adjust menus with what is currently in season. A restaurant garden adds a personal touch that you certainly don’t experience in a fast-food chain restaurant.

With the E.Coli outbreak that has killed at least 18 people across Europe, and the banning of importing raw vegetables from some European countries, the question of food safety brings up health issues that make the concept of restaurant gardens not just trendy, but a downright healthy eating out option.

Most restaurants start with small gardens and grow a few basics – lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and herbs. The limitations of the growing season, the available space, and the amount of staff needed to tend the garden, will dictate how much “farm to table” food service can be provided.

With the cost, convenience, control, sustainability factor, and the knowledge that food can be served without pesticides or artificial fertilizers, the trend of restaurant gardens is one “green cuisine” direction worth heading in.

Have you experienced eating at a “farm to table” restaurant?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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2:22AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

love the picture! so peaceful and relaxing. i would eat outside everyday!

4:33PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I haven't had the experience of garden to table restaurants but when I have a garden growing, I like getting the garden hose out & just eating all kinds of veggies right there in the garden, then I'll go for desert & have some berries, Yum!

12:53PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

I love this!

2:36AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:20PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Yes, we have some in Colorado and it goes over well

4:32PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Good idea :)

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