The Founding Farmers name represents a combination of ideas: it is a celebration of the land and the American family farmer; it is a nod to the founding fathers of our country, many of whom owned and farmed land that surrounds Washington, D.C.; and it is a place where true, sustainably farmed, grown, and harvested American foods are brought to our guests—reminiscent of traditions from across the land.
The rich history of American cooking tradition is celebrated throughout the menus at Founding Farmers, with a philosophy to promote sustainable agriculture and the ways of the American family farmer at every turn. Each season, new choices reflect the best of what’s available from our sources. At Founding Farmers, it isn’t always about “local”, or “organic”–sure, when it makes sense, those are great things; but local doesn’t always means the smallest carbon footprint, and “organic” can also refer to broccoli that comes from China. Our top mantra is quality and natural ingredients, if we find a product we love from a family farmer in California, we buy it…if we find a bio-dynamic vineyard in Chile, we love buying that wine…carbon footprint you ask? We buy carbon offsets to ensure that regardless of the distribution distance, Founding Farmers is walking its talk that the planet matters.
Beyond the building itself, Founding Farmers is a Certified Green Restaurant™ as recognized by the Green Restaurant Association for eco-friendly operations. These measures include front-of-house and back-of-house recycling, high-efficiency water and energy usage, and using recycled paper products whenever possible. For our guests, it means the menus are printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks and that water is served in reusable glass carafes with the option of fresh filtered, still, or sparkling Natura water, using no waste-producing glass or plastic bottles at all.
And Founding Farmers is proud to be an official Carbonfund.org partner, supporting global climate-friendly renewable energy projects and Carbonfund.org’s mission of education, offsets, and outreach. Founding Farmers is 100% carbon neutral by
offsetting our CO2 emissions!
I had the Three Cheese Ravioli: Parmesan-Ricotta-Gouda Ravioli, Dried Figs, Herb Butter Cream Sauce, Balsamic Reduction...and it was AMAZING! So so so good! Man, my mouth is watering now! I'd definitely go back! And I had an amazing Caphrinia drink as well: