Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Maryland is filled with farms bursting with fresh produce, and these restaurants excel at providing fantastic farm-to-fork meals.

By Gregory Alexander

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Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal Restaurant in Frederick

These local eateries are dedicated to supporting local farmers while providing diners with meals that rely on fresh, in-season ingredients.

Early Pioneers of Farm-to-Table Dining

Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood is a pioneer of the “locavore” movement. Chef/owner Spike Gjerde has an in-house, whole-animal butchery program that services Woodberry Kitchen and his other restaurants. Chef John Shields’ Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art features classic Chesapeake cuisine. 

Restaurants With Their Own Farms and Gardens

Cunningham’s in Towson has its own 80-acre farm in Cockeysville where they raise chickens, 15 varieties of tomatoes, 13 kinds of herbs and three species of edible flowers used in the restaurant. Likewise, The Elkridge Furnace Inn grows heirloom, organic vegetables in an onsite garden and partners with local farms for its fresh meats. The Manor Tavern in Monkton grows some of the organic ingredients it uses in its dishes while buying others from local vendors. In Howard County's Maple Lawn neighborhood, the elegant Ananda serves superb 'farm-to-tandoori' Indian cuisine using many fresh ingredients sourced from their own nearby gardens.

Award-Winning Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Maggie’s Farm in Baltimore has  been named “Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant” by Washington’s City Paper and “Best Locavore Restaurant” by Baltimore Magazine. Grove Market near Ocean City, which looks like an old bait and tacket shop from the outside, relies on the bounty of local farmers and watermen for their fresh, innovative and expertly prepared food, Founding Farmers, a Certified Green Restaurant™, has been featured on the Food Network and has also been named on several top restaurant lists. In Frederick, getting a table at the award-wining Volt can be challenging, but is well worth the effort—celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio offers a delicious take on the farm-to-table concept.

Featured Places
Gertrude's dining room
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Location:
10 Art Museum Dr
Baltimore, MD 21218
The Elkridge Furnace Inn Restaurant interior
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Location:
5745 Furnace Ave
Elkridge, MD 21075
Manor Tavern logo
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Location:
15819 Old York Road
Monkton, MD 21111
Chef Bryan Voltaggio
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Location:
228 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Woodberry Kitchen
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Location:
2010 Clipper Park Rd, #126
Baltimore, MD 21211
Cunningham’s interior view
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Location:
1 Olympic Pl
Towson, MD 21204
Watermelon salad at Ananda
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Location:
7421 Maple Lawn Blvd
Fulton, MD 20759
food on a plate
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Location:
12505 Park Potomac Avenue
Potomac, MD 20854
Grove Market exterior view
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Location:
12402 Saint Martin's Neck Rd
Bishopville, MD 21813
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