"Farm to Fork" Brings Local Products to Frederick Restaurants

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - The Farm to Fork Frederick movement is underway in the community.

Through the initiative, many ingredients are being sourced from local farms in the area for a La Paz restaurant special menu.

"I feel really good about being able to help out the local farmers and introduce the local farmers, or at the least the public to them," said Graham Baker, co-owner La Paz restaurant.

"We got a lot of good farms in Frederick county that a lot of people probably don't even know."

For 11 days, restaurants in Frederick commit to using 70 percent of the products in their menus from local farms and wineries in the county.

"It gave us an opportunity to see the local farms and what they had to offer. And our customers were looking for a locally sourced meal; so I was able to pair that together and the City of Frederick was behind the whole event," said Baker.

For Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery, which has a chardonnay on the menu, it’s what they needed to get their product on the shelves of restaurants, now and in the future.

"We picked up a few restaurants from last year's Farm to Fork, but this year I’m able to spend a little more time talking with the mangers and owners or the restaurants and using things like social media to push people to those restaurants to make sure it is a lasting relationship," said Daniel Kennedy, sales and marketing manager of Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery.

La Paz is on the same track.

"This year, absolutely; we can see with the meat and chicken that can go year around," said Baker.

Other restaurants in the initiative are Better Choice Bakery and Shamrock restaurants. The culinary event started last week and ends on Labor Day.

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