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Josh Smith is the executive chef of Local Roots in Roanoke, Virginia - and the restaurant is just as its name implies.
The farm-to-table eatery supports and utilizes locally-sourced produce and meats to crank out modern American cuisine with classic Virginian touches. (Did someone say pimento cheese?)
For Smith, the local food movement has taken root. He's livin' la vida locavore and encourages you all to do the same.
Five Reasons to Use Local Farmers: Josh Smith
2. Building personal relationships lead to the farmers growing heirloom seeds and raising heritage breeds for the restaurant.
3. Our staff is able to visit the farms, meet the farmer and know exactly what they’re serving.
4. It builds trust in our community when we're able to tell the guests exactly where the food on the plate is coming from.
5. The absolute best thing is that our farmers actually dine as guests here and it's amazing to see their faces when they taste their product. They have a sense of pride and ownership in the restaurant.
Do you make a point of eating locally? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments.
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