Gourmet, in a gesture of wisdom and generosity that lovers of farm-fresh food should be at least grudgingly grateful for, has posted its excellent directory of America’s best farm-to-table restaurants. It’s encouraging to see how many of these places you’ve actually been to, and fairly exciting to think about all the other ones that are yet to come.
Some of the categories are poorly defined (aren’t all of the places listed “Restaurants with Farm Connections”? Don’t most have menus that change often?), but the resulting pile of eateries sprawls admirably from coast to coast, ranging from Chez Panisse in Berkeley to Lucia’s in Minneapolis to Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The list also embraces the nooks and crannies of flyover country—and this is fitting, as flyover country is in fact where much of the food is actually grown.