Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home | Hans' Kitchens & Baths, Inc.

Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home

Restaurants have pumped up their menus with farm-fresh eggs, locally grown tomatoes, and herbs sourced onsite. The new farm-to-table movement has pervaded restaurants across the country and is quickly growing as the appeal for locally sourced ingredients rises.

Serving the freshest fare attracts more diners to restaurants, and according to the National Restaurant Association, this trend is quickly becoming the new norm. Some restaurants are evening growing their own produce in on-location gardens, rooftops, or terraces. Using local ingredients and fresh culinary concepts represent the top trend on the 2018 Culinary Forecast.

You don't have to eat out to enjoy the freshness of farm-to-table dining. You can grow shiny, red tomatoes and rich, green basil right in your own backyard to prepare a delicious caprese salad in your own kitchen. Not only will growing your own produce lower the grocery bill, but you will know the quality of food that you are consuming and feel good about what you are feeding your family.

Even a small patio or balcony can double as a garden. It does not take a lot of space or effort to grow some of the most popular fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

The experts at Bonnie Plants offer some easy-to-grow, space-saving suggestions to encourage a garden-to-table trend at home.

Caged tomatoes

Caged tomatoes are some of the most versatile fruits and one of the easiest to grow. Whether you choose cherry, grape, or plum tomatoes, growing tomatoes results in productive harvest and offers endless cooking opportunities. Determinate varieties have compact vines that are especially bred for small spaces.

Caged Peppers

Green bell peppers can add a bright, colorful crunch of green to any meal, and are perfect for slicing and stuffing. Or add a little zest to your recipes with jalapeƱo chili peppers, which grow plentifully in a small space.

Strawberries

Who doesn't love a juicy, ripe strawberry? They add a sweet kick to salads, dressings, drinks, and desserts. Strawberries don't need to grow in a patch - maximize your space with Bonnie Plant's hanging basket strawberries, which produce plentiful strawberries throughout the season.

Herbs

Herbs are the perfect way to take your dish from okay to wow! Fresh herbs can grow in compact spaces and can add a kick of flavor to any dish.

This kitchen herb combo container features sweet basil, cilantro, and curled parsley. It serves a dual purpose for your cooking and for a beautiful green addition to your garden. Herbs are ready upon purchase and will continue to grow throughout the season.

This recipe for a classic caprese salad is sure to hit the spot as a light lunch or satisfying start to dinner.

Caprese salad

Ingredients:

1 fresh tomato
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
Basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Slice tomato in 1/4-inch thick slices. Do the same for the mozzarella. Alternate layers between the tomato, mozzarella and basil. First, a tomato slice, then a mozzarella slice, then a few leaves of basil; begin and end with tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or your favorite Italian dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.

(BPT)

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