Vermont Business Magazine For the second time Shelburne Farms has made the Good Food 100 Restaurants List. Good Food recognizes restaurants across the country not only for the high quality of their food but also those working hard to create a food system that is good for every link in the food chain: the environment; plants and animals; farmers, ranchers and fishermen; purveyors; restaurants; and eaters.
“This honor is particularly poignant this year as Covid-19 forced us to pivot significantly in how we provide healthy, local food to the community, and connect people to where their food comes from,” states Alec Webb, President of Shelburne Farms. “Instead of farm-to-table, this year it has been farm-to-community.”
The Inn at Shelburne Farms has been closed this season due to Covid-19, but the farm quickly transitioned to running a “curbside pickup” operation offering produce grown in the farm’s 7 acre market garden as well as ready to heat meals prepared by the Inn’s chef and his team.
Webb added, “Shelburne Farms is dedicated to growing and serving wholesome food, and purchasing from producers we know and trust. When you visit the Farm Store, you will find delicious meals to go that feature fresh, seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, as well as cheese, pasture raised meat and other products from the Farm and from our region’s farming community.” A founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network, 80% of the food served at Shelburne Farms is either grown on the campus or sourced from other Vermont producers.”
In the 2020 Good Food survey, 131 participating restaurants and food service businesses, operating 260 individual locations in 29 states and every region of the United States, spent $64.5 million in domestic good food purchases which contributed to a $208.2 million economic impact on the national good food economy. The organization notes that every $1 restaurants spend has a 3X impact on the economy.
“Restaurants are the heart and soul of our communities, and the backbone of our local and regional economy. As independent restaurants fight for their survival during the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is more important than ever to get to know and support the restaurants, farmers, and purveyors who are working hard to create a food system that is good for every link in the food chain.” states Sara Brito, Co-Founder/President of Good Food Media Network. “We're proud to offer chefs and restaurants a badge of honor for not just how good their food tastes, but how good it is for every link of the food chain. Now it is up to us as eaters and voters to vote with our forks and our dollars to demand an open, transparent, and sustainable food system for all. Together, we can make a better impact.”
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit education organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Based on Abenaki land along the shores of Lake Champlain, its campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.
The Inn at Shelburne Farms is an elegant yet informal 24-room country house that provides guests a unique opportunity to experience an historic landmark and working fram, including a dining experience centered on local farm products.
A founding member of the Vermont Fresh Network and called one of Gourmet magazine’s “Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants, 80% of the food served at Shelburne Farms is either grown on the campus or sourced from other Vermont producers.” For information, visit www.shelburnefarms.org.
Source: Shelburne, VT. September 29, 2020. Shelburne Farms