The “farm-to-table” movement began gaining its popularity in recent years as more and more individuals become discouraged with current food industry and agricultural practices. Many people are opting against the consumption of fast food, GMOs, and chemically preserved products shipped from afar and are seeking more fresh, seasonal, sustainably grown and locally produced foods. Unfortunately the latter can at times be scarce in this day and age, particularly in urban areas. In my personal opinion I think it is great to see the momentum of a movement aimed at getting back to more ancient food production practices. Lets face it, before the farm-to-table concept became a “movement” it was basically just the way of life long ago. Luckily this way of life never really changed much in Humboldt County.
With nearly a third of the total land area in Humboldt County being used for some type of agriculture, including dairy, cattle, and wine, as well as produce, sourcing fresh from the farm ingredients locally has never been a problem in this region. And lets not forget Humboldt County has direct access to the Pacific Ocean also, a food source that yields local delicacies such as Dungeness Crab, Oysters, and other seafoods. The area happens to be a great place to forage for food as well, with wild edible mushroom hunting being a popular activity during autumn, as several gourmet varieties can be found after the first rains of the season here.
Humboldt County restaurants are most definitely taking advantage of their unique location and all its agricultural prowess. Many local area restaurants proudly feature locally grown /raised and mostly organic ingredients on their menus, highlighting seasonal options throughout the year. The following is a list of a few places to check out if you are wanting to sample the local fare:
- Folie Douce in Arcata, CA – Mediterranean-French cuisine inspired by the abundant, seasonal and mostly organic treasures from Humboldt County’s farms, forests and surrounding waters.
- La Trattoria in Bayside, CA – A small traditional italian restaurant where “every month is eat local month” The menu changes frequently but always features an array of organic ingredients from several small farms in the area including Humboldt Grass Fed Beef, Organic Matters Pork and local pasture raised lamb.
- Japhy’s – Located in Arcata, CA. this is basically a soup kitchen and asian noodle house that features different soups daily, all created with as many organic local ingredients as possible. A great place with a more casual atmosphere where on can get a taste of some of the local flavor.
- Taste – Located in Old Town Eureka this is a great place to taste what Humboldt has to offer. They boast an oyster bar featuring oysters delivered fresh weekly from the Humboldt Bay (literally just step away), as well as several locally produced beers, wines, cheese, breads, chocolates, and deserts.
- Brick & Fire Bistro in Eureka, CA – As the name implies, the wood fire stove is the heart of this restaurants inventive menu. The chef here skillfully blends Mediterranean tradition with fresh local harvest.
- Restaurant 301 – Located in the Carter House in Eureka 301 is not to be missed if you are seeking a fine dining experience with all the local flare. The garden to table philosophy is a constant source of inspiration for the culinary team at Restaurant 301. In their own words, “What we don’t raise ourselves, we’re always searching for among the best of our local purveyors (which we are lucky to have so many of in Humboldt County)”
Although farm-to-table is year round here, it is September in Humboldt County that has officially been dubbed local food month. if you happen to be in the area during the end of local food month several independent restaurants and local farmers team up for an entire week of delicious dining local style. You can catch pre-fixed menus ranging from $5 to $30 at participating restaurants, with all plates specially designed to showcase locally grown, raised or produced food. For a detailed list of participating restaurants visit Humboldt County Restaurant Week.
So if you are looking to come tantalize your tastebuds and sample the delectable delights of the Redwood Coast region and you are in need of a place to stay in Humboldt while you are enjoying our restaurants go to Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals to find lodging. They offer the best vacation rentals in Humboldt County with something for nearly every taste, budget and group size. Several of the units that they offer are within short walking distance to many of Humboldt County’s premier restaurants. Old Town Eureka vacation rentals include a beautiful French Apartment as well as a gorgeous European-style flat in Historic Building, among many other. They offer spectacular vacation rentals in Arcata and Trinidad too where you can find more great restaurants.