The farmers of North Dakota had an idea for a restaurant.
When the members of North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) began talking about the future, they sought to provide a restaurant brand where consumers would benefit from a direct link to the source of foods cultivated on American family farms. And Farmers Restaurant Group was born. As we watch much of the restaurant industry cut labor costs and offer foods with additives to extend shelf life, we are doing the opposite.
We continually look for opportunities to add value to all our ingredients. We source pure ingredients in order to cook, mix, and bake our food and beverage items from scratch, in-house, every day, all while honoring American family farmers and their hard-earned bounty.
We call it “Unbundling the Supply Chain.”
We successfully add value and unbundle the supply chain by offering the freshest, sustainably grown ingredients we can find to serve in our restaurants. As such, we choose the flour to make our bread from the state mill in North Dakota, our dairy products are farm fresh and all-natural, we press our own juice daily for use throughout our food and beverage menus, we prioritize sourcing from family farms as opposed to corporate farms, and American product over international product. We seek out opportunities that allow us to support family farmers while creating delicious and affordably priced dishes.
Here’s what that means for a chocolate chip cookie
Restaurant cookie from a traditional supply chain
SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE
HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL
CORN SYRUP SOLIDS
ARTIFICIAL VANILLIN FLAVOR
It’s our mission of sourcing American family farmed products and adding value that inspired us to craft Farmers Restaurant Group, and what allows us to continually evolve with each new restaurant.
Paying homage to the American family farmer & sustainable practices throughout, Founding Farmers is a growing success with restaurants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.