Here's a new Locavore series I hope to start. Farm to Restaurant- Let's see exactly where our food comes from. We'll visit a farm, and then visit a restaurant that features their fresh produce! This may not always happen on the same day, though this farm and restaurant are only 3 miles apart, so let's do it!
Red Wagon Organic Farm
Organic and using sustainable practices, Red Wagon Organic Farm provides many area restaurants with fresh vegetables and produce. They have a stand both at the Boulder Farmers Market and also a stand in Lafayette. They don't normally offer tours, but I've got us a FREE tour. It's good to be a Locavore.
They're kind of far out there, technically in Niwot, but you wanted a weekend farm tour, and you've got one! It's worth the drive, and they'll have a farmstand open for us to purchase some of their fresh, organic goods!
Red Wagon says 'We believe in growing local food for local people. The vegetables we sell to you are the freshest possible and we are helping to support an important local food system. We believe that we should not be dependent on vegetables grown hundreds or thousands of miles away. Because our produce is sold locally, we use a minimum amount of energy for transportation costs.
We strive to have a sustainable farm and to us this means many things. It means using our land, water, and other resources in a responsible way. We farm in a manner that is sustainable for the land and also provides wildlife habitat. We also strive to have a farm that is economically sustainable. This is the only way the farm will continue to operate year after year. That means paying our workers a fair wage and putting money back into the local community.'
Arugula is owned by chef Alex Schuler, who creates innovative Italian cuisine using a farm-to-table approach. Alex has been 'buying local' long before it became hip to do so. Though American-Italian food is usually laden with cheese and fat, Alex believes in a healthier approach, making his dishes a bit lighter, healthier, and 80% of them are actually vegan based. He using the traditional Italian method of utilizing and highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients, without drowning them in cheese. They are allergy-conscious, pointing out vegetarian and gluten free options.
Arugula will accomodate us inside.
Their happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6. Menu: http://arugularistorante.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ARUG-0006-Happy-Hour-Menu-v04.pdf
Dinner from 5-8.