Visiting a local restaurant during Carroll County Restaurant Week?
Your salad or entree may have been picked fresh from a county farm as early as that morning.
For years Carroll County restaurants have purchased from county farmers, but more and more restaurant owners are becoming aware that customers prefer that they buy local, according to Joanne Weant, agriculture development specialist with Carroll County Economic Development.
The biggest benefit "hands down" is that local produce is the freshest and most nutritious available, she said.
"The travel time for local food or things that are sourced locally is so limited that a lot of times you're getting something on your plate that was picked that morning or that afternoon," Weant said. "That's how fresh things are."
"We have seen an increase in business [during restaurant week]," Rowe said. "People are looking for new things."
Carroll's third annual Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Aug.25, with 28 restaurants participating countywide.
The event showcases county eateries by offering patrons the opportunity to visit a new restaurant or try an old favorite at an affordable price. Lunch prices at participating restaurants are as low as $8.13 and dinner offerings are as low as $10.13.
Weant said there are no statistics available on how many restaurants on buying local, but it is something that the Economic Development Department would like to develop.
"We would like people to easily go into a local establishment and see that they do support local farmers, that they do buy local," she said.