At the Manor Tavern, taste is everything..... Our gardens allow us to control all aspects of the growing process from Farm to Table.
Taste and Nutrition
Because local products do not have to travel far to reach the consumer, the produce can be picked when it is ripest. When a fruit or vegetable is given the time to completely ripen, it fully develops and retains its vitamins and minerals, giving it a more vibrant flavor and maximizing the nutritional content.
Our produce is generally harvested when we need it. Our large variety of farm to table items have a longer time to ripen “on the vine” and are ready to eat when picked. They are not picked and processed and then spend a week or more traveling. Other non-local farms pick their produce when it’s still green or unripe. A common practice is to “gas” green tomatoes so they turn red. The result is a red tomato with the taste and texture of a green tomato.
Buying and growing local keeps your money in the local economy and allows for greater control over the final product. According to the London-based New Economics Foundation, a local farm’s income generated twice as much money for the local economy as a supermarket’s income in the same area. Our philosophy, although not one of direct commerce, is to allow the produce to grow and thrive naturally, as nature intended. Fresh and ripe from our gardens to your table.
Each item that we grow has its own unique story. Growing and buying locally means you are supporting the family farmers and ranchers that raised your food. Connecting to the sources of your food is a very meaningful part of enjoying your meals. Seasonal Buying locally keeps you in touch with the local seasons. Our selection of available produce changes weekly, letting you know what is growing in our area. This means you will be getting products when they are at their peak, are most abundant, and in the case of farmers markets, least expensive. You also become more aware of the products that thrive well in the many different environments of Maryland. This will also help you understand that when particular produce is in season nationally, it does not always mean that it is grown in Maryland.
In the 1990 Farm Bill, Congress defined “sustainable agriculture” to have these qualities:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends.
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources, and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
- Sustainability practices ensure that the land used to raise farm products is healthy and available for years to come.
- Farm to Table has partnered with farmers and ranchers that have various means to use less non-renewable resources, make less impact on the environment, and grow a healthy and profitable end product.
- Sustainable methods include important practices like biodiversity, water conservation, and environmental protection.
These concepts are the cornerstone of our restaurant and make us who we are. Please let us know if there is any specific items that you would like to see on your table.