Definition: Farm-to-table is a phrase that can mean different things to different people. At its heart, however, farm-to-table means that the food on the table came directly from a specific farm. Sometimes this mean the table is actually at the farm and cooks or chefs prepare and serve the food at the farm (even in the field). Other times the use of farm-to-table emphasizes a direct relationship between a farm and a restaurant or store. It can also refer more loosely to farmers markets, CSAs, and other venues where people can buy food directly from growers. Anyone using the phrase farm-to-table should be able to name the specific farm(s) from which they are sourcing.
Also Known As: locally sourced, farm fresh, farm-to-fork