A number of companies are springing up around the country, bringing local CSA-quality vegetables directly from the farm to your door on a weekly subscription basis. Here's a guide to 11 services across the country.
'farm-to-table' on Serious Eats
Among the fifty-some local food artisans I talked with in 2012, there were some real standouts, products I purchase again for myself and as gifts. Some of them are straight-out-of-the-package delicious, while others play a shining supporting role in preparing other foods, but they're all pretty spectacular.
Smucker Farms, a market that just opened in D.C., stocks handpicked products from small, primarily Amish and Mennonite, producers from southern Pennsylvania, as well as some producers in New York and Philadelphia. The shelves are stocked with artisanal snacks, canned goods, drinks, soaps, and even handmade toys. Walking through the store is more like visiting a friend's pantry—if your friend were more of an incredibly well stocked locavore chef.
In this Perennial Plate video about a southern feast, we share the story of the farmers like Cory Mosser of Burge Organic Farm, the foragers, and the chefs that made up this outdoor dinner event in Georgia. I think it captures the fun, the drinking, the passion, and the ideals that go into these interactive dining experiences.
Still riding the high of their three stars in a recent New York Times review, Craft decided to close their dining room last night for a special dinner. Chefs from California, Oregon, North Carolina, Missouri, and elsewhere flew in to cook a six-course meal (where each course actually included two dishes, so we're talking more like 12 courses) celebrating America's regional flavors.