Farm to Table

The farm-to-table movement has taken the country by storm, and is a positive trend that benefits everyone from the local food growers to restaurant owners and patrons to travelers who want to connect with the place they’re visiting and the people who live there. The Berkshires showcases local food growers and purveyors through Taste Trails as featured here. If you love exploring the local food culture of your vacation destination, you’ll enjoy eating your way through these fantastic RTX destinations where local food and ingredients are valued and showcased at restaurants and through tours and special events.

178980085Maui, Hawaii

The use of local ingredients paired with the influence of international flavors and techniques has culminated in a movement known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Fresh island vegetables, fruit and seafood used in multicultural techniques results in award-winning dishes that have attracted nationwide attention. Hawaii Regional Cuisine can be found throughout Maui, alongside traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine and flavors from around the world. Visiting a local farm is a great way to get introduced to the ingredients you might find in restaurants on the island. Tours are offered at many of the farms in the upcountry for a firsthand look at the origin of Maui’s favorite flavors.


From fresh seafood directly off the fishing boat to citrus grown just a few miles away, Florda’s unique farm (or boat) to table cuisine can be found throughout the Sunshine State. Homegrown Southern tastes are blended with Latin and Caribbean flavors for unique palate-pleasing dishes. From Pensacola to Destin to St. Augustine and Daytona, there are fine dining restaurants that elevate locally sourced and artisanal ingredients as well as casual dining options that let seasonal ingredients shine. Whether you’re visiting the Atlantic coast, central Florida or the sunny keys, you’ll be certain to find a foodie experience worth returning for.

stock-photo-20629300-shrimp-and-gritsCharleston, South Carolina

Charleston has been known as a foodie destination for years, with restaurants featuring elevated Southern comfort food and unique dishes and ingredients that are uncommon outside of the low country. For many chefs in the Holy City, farm-to-table is simply the way food should be. With so many options to sample local fare, from casual cafes to fine dining, the choices can almost be overwhelming. Charleston Culinary Tours offers several options that allow visitors to sample a variety of tastes from local chefs. The weekly farmers market downtown in Marion Square is a great way to connect directly with local food growers, and some of the area farms are open to the public for an even closer look at Charleston’s food culture.

stock-photo-42404402-tacos-and-margaritasSanta Fe, New Mexico

Since 1996, before the farm-to-table movement became a widespread trend, a nonprofit organization in New Mexico now known as Farm to Table New Mexico has been promoting locally based agriculture through education, community outreach and networking. The organization’s Farm to Restaurant program facilitates local food sourcing between Santa Fe restaurants and area farmers. Nearly 30 restaurants in Santa Fe participate in this program in partnership with nearly 20 farms, meaning visitors have no shortage of options when it comes to sampling local ingredients in the area’s colorful and flavorful cuisine. From cafes and burger joints to fine dining and catering companies, foodies will delight in local New Mexico produce and ingredients.

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