Our definition of local is both local – either 100 miles or within the same state – and/or regional – under 500 miles. Consumers should not interpret this to mean that the foods’ nutritional value, production methods, or farms’ practices are sustainable. This is merely an indicator of the geographic location of the food source.
The grass-fed symbol means that the cattle are fed only mother’s milk and forage (grass and other greens, hay etc) in their life. While some farms “grass-finish” their meats - meaning that the cattle were in confinement eating fattening grains all their lives and finished the last 3-6 months of their lives on a grass-fed diet, we only assign this to businesses who truly buy from farms who adhere to lifetime-long grassfed principles. Consumers are encouraged to ask which items on the menu fall under this category.
The free-range/pasture-raised symbol means that animals roamed free in their life. To qualify for this category businesses must buy from at least one farm that adheres to free-range and/or pasture-raised standards. Consumers are encouraged to ask which items on the menu fall under this category.
•Drug-free means that the business is sourcing from farms that do not give their animals antibiotics or growth hormones. This may apply to both meats and dairy generated from that farm. Consumers are encouraged to ask which items on the menu fall under this category.
The business works with reputable fish farms or purveyors that ensure their seafood items are sustainably raised and sourced. For this category, the businesses may also adhere to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. Consumers are encouraged to ask which items on the menu fall under this category.
•Businesses have vegan-friendly (no meat, dairy, honey or other animal product) options on the menu, or available upon request.
The business has gluten-free options available – either on the menu or upon request.
•Businesses have vegetarian-friendly (no meat or seafood) options on the menu, or available upon request.
This is a USDA certification awarded to only those farms that adhere to government standards. A business will be tagged as “Organic” if they purchase from at least one certified organic farm. The consumer has the responsibility to ask the restaurant exactly what on the menu came from that organic certified farm.