Farm to table
About the Farm–to–Table movement
Today’s globalized economy means that there are now almost no truly “out–of–season” fruits and vegetables. Anyone who has tasted a lifeless tomato from the other side of the world, however, knows that this convenience often comes at the cost of quality.
A desire to return to flavorful food is just one of the reasons the “farm–to–table” movement has been gaining popularity over the last decade. Farm–to–table represents a philosophy that values taste and quality, personal connections and small business, sustainability, and food safety.
Fresh vegetables and fruit have better color, texture, and taste. Before it’s picked, local produce is allowed to reach peak ripeness—because it doesn’t have to be preserved for thousands of miles of shipping.
When we keep local farms in business, they aren’t forced to sell off their land for development, so we preserve open space for future generations. On well–managed farms, the healthy soil, clean water, and open space is also one of the last refuges for wildlife in many parts of the country.
A Better Economy
When we source food from local farmers, we support the local economies that provide good jobs and keep our cities and towns vibrant.
Centralized and industrialized food production means that one small incident of contamination can potentially impact people all over the country—like when people in 26 states got sick from some 40,000 bags of spinach produced in a single shift at a large processing plant. Developing personal, lasting relationships with small growers who take pride in their work brings integrity back to the table.
These concepts are the foundation of Sun Basket’s innovative ingredient delivery service. Chef Justine Kelly has been ahead of the curve in her search for the freshest, most flavorful produce—she’s been developing relationships with small growers in California for over 20 years.