'Farm to Fork' Program Brings Farm-Fresh Food to Local Restaurants

- THURMONT, Md. - You can get a taste of farm-fresh food in Frederick County, Maryland restaurants through the Farm to Fork program.

More than a dozen Frederick County restaurants are taking part in the program, which runs through Labor Day.

Menu items are made using 60 percent food from county farms or wineries.

"I think it also makes the chefs more aware of what what they can buy. We were fortunate to have two of them here this week. I was able to take them in the orchard and show them a little bit of what we do have. They were kind of impressed, and when you see apples on the trees, or peaches on the trees, or tomatoes, whatever it is, vegetables, it gives them just a little more of a down-home reality that things are really grown right here in Frederick County," says Bob Black, co-owner of Catoctin Mountain Orchard in Thurmont.

The Farm to Fork program is becoming more popular in the nation, and it promotes a locally-sustainable food economy.

Farmers who are taking part in the Farm to Fork program say it helps to create an awareness of what farming in Frederick County has to offer.

"We feel it is very helpful because it actually gives a little more knowledge to the chefs to hopefully buy local, not just from my farm but from all the other farms that are producing whatever it is, vegetables, fruit, berries, or the meat," Black says.

For a list of restaurants, farms, and wineries taking part in the Frederick County Farm to Fork program, click here.

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