Day four of Off The Beaten Path takes us out to Farmington where we’re getting an up close look at the food on your dinner table.
“You have to really think when you’re getting something from a big box store or even just a larger produce delivery company like there’s a long line that that tomato or piece of lettuce has taken before it’s gotten to you,” says chef and owner of Heirloom Restaurant in Rogers, Jason Paul.
Concerned with quality, Chef Paul prefers to shop at local farms. He says, “We’re a very small restaurant so we don’t use like 200 pounds of tomatoes in a week, we use like 10 which makes it harder for us to shop at a lot of big box things because I can’t order a case of things and use it.”
Paul says you can taste the difference in the products he gets from local vendors. “I got some potatoes from her a few weeks ago and they were like incredibly fresh. It’s so much different. It cooked in a quarter of the time and it’s just you don’t realize how long things sit around when they’re not coming from a farmer right up the street,” says Paul. According to him, eating fresh from the farmer is an easy change you can make in your everyday life.
If you’re too busy to get out to the farm, you can actually order online from the Green Fork Farmers Market and pick up your goods every Wednesday night at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street.
Learn more about Heirloom Restaurant here!
Learn more about Green Fork Farms here!