Fresh from the farm: 10 of the best farm-to-table restaurants in New England

New England Chefs and New England Farms Unite for the Most Sustainable, Tastiest Food

“Farm-to-table” means chefs source from small, local farms and producers to produce the freshest, most nutritious, sustainable and, of course, best-tasting food and beverages possible. Here are 10 of the best restaurants for farm-to-table fare in New England.

Table Woods Hill – Concord, MA

Woods Hill table exteriorWoods Hill table exterior — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

A large stone fireplace (all lit during the notoriously bitter New England winters) greets guests, and high peaks extend from the bar to the tables lining the windows overlooking the quiet road. While Woods Hill Table sources its supplies from several New England farms, owner Kristin Canty is also a farmer and supplies her kitchens (here, near Adelita and Woods Hill Pier 4 in Boston) with produce and meat from his farm in Woods Hill, New Hampshire. .

Try: Succulent and sweet Rhode Island scallops a la plancha.

The Garden Room at the Mayflower Inn – Washington, Connecticut

Cozy interior of The Garden Room at the Mayflower InnCozy interior of The Garden Room at The Mayflower Inn — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

If the food and drink weren’t excellent enough, the atmosphere of this beautiful restaurant makes the experience particularly memorable. Overlooking the boxwood maze of the garden and the wall of tall trees beyond, the interior’s bold wallpaper depicts larger-than-life flowers and butterflies.

The kitchen is also plant-conscious, with chef Cortney Burns sourcing from local growers as well as the inn’s garden. Of note are the breads made with grains grown in the Northeast by Connecticut bakers, farmers, and cooks.

Try: Sourdough with nasturtium butter and roasted carrots with green tahini and sprouted fenugreek.

The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s – Groton, Massachusetts

Community table at the Herb Lyceum at Gilson'sCommunity table at Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

On warm days, every Friday night from spring through late fall, the Gilson family opens their central Massachusetts herb farm for community-style chef dinners. They are cooked by the team at Puritan & Company in Cambridge, where Will Gilson is the chef/owner. The Gilson family has operated this four-acre farm since the 1800s.

The five-course dinner takes place in a beautiful converted barn that has been converted into an intimate communal dining room. Dinners begin with an herb-enriched cocktail (think mezcal with basil) and appetizers passed around the fire pits.

Try: Roasted carrots cooked over piping hot bushels of lavender and served with a basil vinaigrette.

Social Kitchen & Bar Project – Bar Harbor, Maine

Social project barBar at Project Social — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

Steps from the often-crowded harbor, Project Social is a bustling restaurant with seating that extends from the indoor wooden bar and lounge to the porch overlooking Main Street via the Zen Garden, where diners can stroll. In addition to local Maine drinks, including kombucha, hard beers, and seltzers, the restaurant works with Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Kebo Valley Growers, Bar Harbor Oyster Company (for those tasty Bar Harbor Blondes), and A Wee Bit Farm.

Try: Butternut curry soup with sumac, grilled pepitas and mint.

Tooth – Brattleboro, Vermont

Exterior of the toothExterior of Tine — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

Located in the heart of beautiful Brattleboro in the southern Green Mountains, Tine offers breathtaking views of Main Street. The bright, modern restaurant is located inside Brooks House, built in 1871 and once one of New England’s finest hotels. Tine works closely with Vermont’s Allen Brothers Farm, Blue Ledge Farm and Grateful Greens, right in Brattleboro, to create a seasonally changing menu.

Try: Baked cauliflower steak lightly crusted with saffron, served on a bed of creamy cauliflower and spinach mash, and garnished with a mixture of edamame, olives, pine nuts, caramelized onions and golden raisins.

Harvest – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Entrance to harvestEntrance to harvest — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

For more than three decades, Harvest has quietly contributed to the New England culinary scene as a breeding ground for culinary talent eager to tap into local ingredients. Tucked away in Harvard Square, this sleek, modern restaurant with an outdoor courtyard was a favorite spot for local resident Julia Child. The kitchen is well supplied by Kimball Fruit Farm, Drumlin Farm, Dogpatch Farm and Boggy Meadow Farm.

Try: Lightly grilled scallops of the day and summer squash ratatouille.

The Vanderbilt Dining Room – Newport, Rhode Island

Vanderbilt Dining Room BarVanderbilt Dining Room Bar — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

The signature restaurant inside this Gilded Age building, now a boutique hotel, has a magnificent brick fireplace, matched by moody, deep inky blue ceilings and a towering bar to one side. This spectacular restaurant in downtown Newport showcases coastal cuisine with Rhode Island seafood and fish. But the seasonally changing menu comes from inland farms and growers, like RI Mushroom Co. in West Kingston and Roots Farm in Tiverton.

Try: Cold corn soup with lobster, watermelon, marinated tomatoes and feta cheese.

Sister ship – Nantucket, Massachusetts

Dining area at Sister ShipDining room at Sister Ship — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

Located inside the Faraway Nantucket Hotel, this is a hotspot for cool garden food and beverages, all enjoyed in a beautiful post-Victorian dining room and bright, leafy courtyard. Being an island, traditionally everything was shipped, but the Sister Ship Kitchen sources its supplies from local producers like Fog Town Farm, Washashore Farm and Bartlett’s Farms, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint and increases the flavor content. Add wonderful beers from Cisco Brewers of Nantucket and eclectic teas from Nantucket Tea Company.

Try: Rhubarb and rosehip granita with lemon verbena and marigold.

The roof of the Pelham House Resort – Dennis Port, Massachusetts

Water views from the rooftop of Pelham House ResortWater views from the rooftop of Pelham House Resort — Photo courtesy of Pelham House Resort

When it comes to ocean views, the aptly named Rooftop can’t be beat. Only the resort’s beach separates guests from the water. While this revamped resort town may seem typical, the food served at its ocean-view rooftop restaurant is not. The resort’s Pelham Farms, a nearby 10-acre regenerative farm using natural and traditional farming methods, provides produce and herbs to complement meats and cheeses from Feather Brook Farm and Maple Brook Farm.

Try: Sweet potato, carrot and kidney bean veggie burger topped with kale, avocado and spicy ketchup.

Lodge – Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Exterior of the pavilionPavilion exterior — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban

Located next to a beautifully renovated old house built in 1813, now home to the Pickering House Inn, The Pavilion is a modern tavern-style independent restaurant, where most of the meats and vegetables are sourced directly from nearby farms. This includes exquisite fresh produce from Top of the Hill Farm, Green Thumb Farms, and New Hampshire Mushroom Company, as well as fish and seafood caught along the Maine coast.

Try: Wild leaves and fresh peas served with asparagus, all garnished with a green garlic vinaigrette.

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