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Farm Town Restaurant Not Using Local Ingredients?

Posted By CookingShorts On September 18, 2010 @ 3:39 pm In Reviews | 7 Comments

I grew up in the small farm town of Nokesville, VA.  Whenever we visit family that still lives in the area, we notice a lot of changes.  It’s no longer the small town of my childhood.  Growing up, we’d travel to the next town if there was anything that we needed.  Now, my family has a five minute drive stores and restaurants.  A new restaurant, Chuck Wagon, recently opened and my family was raving about it.  So we decided to try them out.

Chuck Wagon – My Review:
I think the concept of the restaurant is great; it’s just want this town needed.  I even noticed they’re open late on Friday nights to cater to the high school football games.  How great is that?  I wish I had a hang out spot like this when I was growing up!

As much as I was impressed with the idea, I was not impressed with the food.  I found myself annoyed they weren’t using locally farmed produce or meat in their menu.   This restaurant is located in the heart of farm town and should be supporting local farms by offering local selections on their menu.  Why not use local produce?

This got me thinking – who’s a local farmer in the Nokesville area?  Who’s local meat and produce should they be using?  When I think of Nokesville, I think of the Croushorn name and their family farm.   Erik Croushorn is a 5th generation local farmer.  He grew up in that area and graduated from Brentsville District High.  In 2004, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education. After college, he taught Horticulture and was the FFA advisor for five years at the local high school.  He’s also an active member of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers.  In both 2008 and 2009, Erik was the Northern Region Winner of the Young Farmer’s Excellence in Agriculture, making him a state finalist both years.  In my mind, this is a restaurant and food relationship made in heaven.

If you’re in the greated Nokesville area, I encourage you to check out Chuck Wagon.  Try it for yourself, and, if you feel as passionate as I do about this subject, help me by suggesting to the owner of  this possible relationship.  Let’s support our local farmers and help their business grow.

The next time you order a BLT, ask yourself, would I rather eat farmed fresh tomato or nasty wholesale one that has been chemically gassed?  Would you rather eat fresh, quality bacon or a low grade factory produced and chemically loaded bacon?

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Croushorn Farms [1]

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