During the last weekend of September, restaurants across New York State will be taking part in the Locavore Challenge. It's an initiative that encourages people to eat organic and locally grown foods. YNN's Candace Hopkins has more on the movement.
CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The food on your plate may be a mystery, unless you live on a farm and grow your own food. However, at The Restaurant at Elderberry Pond in Auburn, every dish is organic and locally grown.
According to the owners, everything comes from their own farm across the street from the restaurant.
"We have sort of a mission of the farm to get the country back to local agriculture, that we think the quality of the produce that's in the grocery stores, and the quality of the meats, and the way meats are raised and everything has really deteriorated", said Elderberry Pond Owner Lou Lego.
Each day, staff pick fresh produce for all of the restaurant's dishes. The menu also changes for every season.
"Our planning starts in the spring, with when we're going to need potatoes, what kind of potatoes we're going to need, and herbs and spices we're going to need, and what we're going to need, different meats and fruits, so the restaurant really kind of drives the farm," said Lego.
This restaurant is just one of 14 statewide that will take part in the Locavore Challenge. It is a month long event aimed at teaching the public more about food sources. It is all organized by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.
Customers said knowing where their food comes from is important.
"You can taste basically the farm to it, it's so organic, it's so fresh, it's much healthier, and you support the local farmers and it just tastes better", said Dennis Gillen, a Syracuse resident.
Each of the restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to NOFA to help fund their year round efforts to promote New York's agriculture industry.
For more information about the Locavore Challenge, head to www.nofany.org.