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7 Farmside Restaurants (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/03/10 09:25 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

As summer comes to a close, what better way to celebrate its end than to dine at a farm. Honor summer's bounty by eating a tomato that has been picked just hours before or enjoy homemade pancakes topped with fresh berries from a bush right beside you. When considering that most produce travels 1,500 miles before reaching your plate, why not travel to the farm for your meal instead. Better yet, take a fieldtrip and tour the farm before you dine.

While many have visited wineries, most have yet to trek to a favored farm for a meal. So get going and partake in a farm feast. Check out our slideshow of 8 farm to table restaurants. As always, we want to hear from you. Tell us what you think in the comments. But first, don't forget to vote on your favorite from farm-to-fork dining spots.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Tarrytown, New York)
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Started in 2004, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a four-season farm restaurant, features a Farmers Feast Menu, which boasts a selection of courses created from the day's harvest. Recent dining courses include great white tomatoes, jade cucumbers, Blue Hill farm veal, sugar plums, and okra blossoms. Located 30 miles north of New York City, Chef Dan Barber's Blue Hill restaurant is considered to be a life changing dining experience. The restaurant, housed in the former cattle house, (pictured) features sustainable ingredients and stresses a connection with each ingredient as part of its from farm-to-table philosophy. All ingredients, including produce, poultry and meat, are harvested within 80 acres of the restaurant or at the Barber family farm in Massachusetts.
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