Sunflowers are in Bloom at Founding Farmers Tysons!

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Sweet Virginia, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and educate children about the lifecycle of honey bees and the critical role they play in pollinating fruits and vegetables, and the overall positive impact they have on our environment.

In conjunction with this mission, Sweet Virginia grows flowers in bulk to support the bee colonies that live on-site. One flower in particular is the bright and beautiful sunflower.IMG_2361

As North Dakota is the nation’s largest sunflower producer, and we as a company always strive for innovative ways to partner with American farmers, as well as the fact that Sweet Virginia is located in Northern Virginia, developing a sunflower program with Sweet Virginia to highlight these gorgeous flowers within our Founding Farmers Tysons restaurant – was needless to say, the perfect fit!

Working closely with Sweet Virginia Founder Dan Price and his team for over a year now has been a great learning experience, as they are not only flower farmers, but also beekeepers, philanthropists, and educators who believe in celebrating the beauty of and order in nature.

Our partnership has proved an amazing experience for us both. As from development stages through harvest, our shared passion for honey bees, education, and environmental responsibility has remained a constant.

While in season, we’ll look forward to receiving approximately 250-300 freshly harvested, beautiful sunflowers to be displayed within FFTysons for our guests to enjoy as they enter the restaurant.IMG_5262

We look forward to welcoming you to Founding Farmers Tysons so you can behold the beauty of Sweet Virginia’s sunflowers for yourself!

July 28th, 2015
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Virginia Celebrates Craft Beer

UnknownCraft beer is taking center stage this summer as Virginia celebrates their love of craft beer with festivals, special events, and fun/interactive craft brewery happenings.

In fact, Virginia is in good company as CraftBeer.com reports that the average American lives within 10 miles of a craft brewery. And the Brewers Association reports that craft beer volumes are steadily achieving double digit market growth.

Here at Founding Farmers Tysons, and in all our restaurants, we’re huge fans of craft beers and bringing the art of creating and selecting a specialty and/or seasonally influenced craft beer to our guests.

So much so that our FFT beverage team offers hand selected, Virginia-brewed craft beers on tap in the form of specialized beer flights and premium stainless steel growler options in our craft beer program, and also works closely with DC-area based craft breweries, such as Virginia’s own Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co.

For more information on Virginia’s approximately 100 local area craft beer breweries and participating events, go to VA Craft Brewers Fest and virginia.org/craftbeer.

Here’s to some happy (& safe) craft beer fun this summer!

July 15th, 2015
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Founding Farmers is Proud to Support our Youngest Farmers

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Giving back to the community is just one amazing benefit of working so hard at operating a successful restaurant. And when we’re able to give back to our local community and impact the lives of our next generation, all the better!

So, this season we put our commitment (and hearts) behind two Washington, D.C. area local baseball teams and we couldn’t be prouder.

What a fun, gratifying experience to see the kids out there this season having fun, learning about and playing baseball.

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We recently spent a great evening coming together to support our “Big Farmers” (the 11-U team) and the “Little Farmers” (the 9-U team) (as they call themselves). We arrived ready to cheer them on and of course we brought some yummy Founding Farmers snacks and goodies for the players and their biggest champions, their parents, to enjoy.

Go Farmers!

 

 

July 7th, 2015
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Behind the BARn: Up Close with our Farmers Spirits

20121017_455-1Last night’s third installment of MoCo’s Founding Farmers Behind the BARn series proved another successful, spirited evening led by our amazing Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and his team of beverage & cocktail experts.

On the cocktail menu? Founding Farmers Rye Whisky and Founding Farmers Gin, from our proprietary line of From Farm to Still™ spirits, as well as our very own Farm Blend Pisco.

The highlight of the event was a special guest appearance by master distiller and partner, Rick Wasmund from Copper Fox Distillery, in Sperryville, Virginia.

Much to the delight of our guests, Jon, Rick & co talked the art of distilling, our selection of spirits, and of course served specially made cocktails featuring our FF spirits. The Farm Daisy, the Farmers Smash, and Ernesto the Farmer were the bright spots in an all-around great, enlightening evening.

Keep an eye out here and on our facebook + twitter accounts for more information on attending our next Behind the BARn event on July 22nd, featuring fabulous Tiki-tails!

July 1st, 2015
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A Look Inside: The Amazing Artists Featured in Founding Farmers Tysons

Featured-Artists-ButtonOur newest Farmers Restaurant Group restaurant, Founding Farmers Tysons (FFT), is much like our other Founding Farmers restaurants: a labor of love.

Our restaurant consulting team loves collaborating with and being inspired by our external team of amazing designers, artists, and craftsmen, who bring our concepts to life. And we wanted to celebrate the artists near and far who’ve given FFT the interesting, whimsical, and unique character we hoped to achieve.

Nathan Loda. Drawing on past experiences hiking through Virginia’s beautiful countryside, Vienna, VA-based painter created a uniquely interesting host stand Mural depicting a horse within the lush, rolling hills and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Susan Fuller, Fuller by Design. Susan’s mantra is: Life is what you make of it, so make something every day. And make something she did. Utilizing more than 50 fabrics to create a 13 Star Flag Quilt for us, the flag quilt embodies a contemporary take on the iconic 13 Star American Flag. A visible tribute to our military and government, the flag quilt also embraces the fun, modern aesthetic of the Founding Farmers brand.

Karen Jackson, Day Basket Factory. Hailing from Elkton, Maryland, Karen is a prolific basket-weaving artist who relishes the traditional art of using a natural, renewable resource and turning it into a lasting, functional piece. To create the Woven Baskets for our Golden Egg Lights, Karen used an intricate pattern of white oak, brass nails, and hardware.

Faryn Davis, Fernworks. Faryn’s love of nature is evident in the Resin Dreamscape Vignettes she custom made for us. Her objective: create a narrative series of paintings referencing Virginia mountains and farmland. The result: beautifully, hand painted pieces utilizing embedded elements, such as hay, grass, chicken wire, and chicken feathers, set in resin sent from our North Dakota Farmers Union partners.

Rachel Denny. Rachel finds endless inspiration, honesty, and beauty in animal imagery. As demonstrated in her adorable Knitted Bunnies, Rachel is a fan of incorporating playful, whimsical elements into her interpretive art – and we couldn’t be happier!

Eden Hovenga. Inspired by mycology, botany, and moments of discovery while exploring wooded areas, Eden’s design for us, Driftwood with Porcelain Flowers, is meant to translate a link between the landscape’s reality and that of her own imagination and creativity.

Noella Cotnam, SIGN IT Signs & Design. Having whittled wonderfully whimsical carved wood critters for all of our Founding Farmers restaurants, it was only natural for us to call upon Noella’s talents when developing the FFT design. We love having her critters live with our restaurant.

Katya Krupko, Muralist. Hailing from Kaliningrad, Russia gives Katya a fresh perspective on our country, especially when painting scenes of America’s heartland. Her Virginia Field Bar Die Wall acrylic, is a texturized mural representing her vision of a farm essential: a stalk of wheat glittering in the sun. And the North Dakota Night Sky Mural features a starry-sky and dandelions, both symbolic of making wishes come true.

Kiki Carrillo. A fine artist, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Kiki was happy to work with our team in order to produce the Tysons Gothic oil on canvas painting as a special FFT feature.

In-Ho Park. Our team saw Mr. Park’s work on display while visiting his native Seoul, South Korea, and we immediately knew we wanted to locate this talented artist to work with us. And we are so glad we did as the amazing farmyard of Metal Farm Animal Sculptures will soon reside in their new home at FFT.

We can’t speak to FFT’s spatial design without acknowledging the skilled staff at Hagerstown, Maryland’s Beachley Furniture. A DC-local area company we are thrilled to partner with as they share the same green practices and sustainability methodology we do.

*NOTE: we have created this unique, interactive map which contains a link for guests to click on to not only view each of the artists’ pieces, but also view their placement within the restaurant.

June 9th, 2015
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Another Founding Farmers Success from “Behind the BARn”

IMG_1416We are happy to share that our second event in our Behind the BARn series was a great success.

This installment aptly named, “Margarita May,” drew guests last night to MoCo’s Founding Farmers for a fun night of food, a look behind the scenes of our Founding Farmers bar & beverage program … and of course some yummy margaritas!

While guests dined on assorted appetizers, mini pulled pork/mini egg salad sliders, and mushroom Ruebens, they also sipped on two of our delicioso tequila-margarita-centric cocktails: the La Paloma and the specially created Señior Arroyo.

Our bartending team, led by our talented Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, offered an interesting view into the history of tequila and the art of crafting a proper margarita, with help from renowned spirits producer Mezcal El Silencio’s Brand Ambassador, Torrence Swain.

Stay tuned here and on our facebook and twitter accounts for more information on how you can join us for our next Behind the BARn event, and a great night of cocktails and fun with the team at Founding Farmers.

May 28th, 2015
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Negroni Week: Benefits Veterans in a New Field

 

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Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown are excited to participate in Negroni Week 2015!  We are always thrilled to hear about efforts to raise money for charitable organizations, while pairing it with celebrating one of the world’s greatest cocktails: The Negroni!  This year, Monday, June 1st through Sunday, June 7th, we will feature an exclusive Negroni-inspired cocktail menu created by Beverage Director Jon Arroyo and Founding Farmers DC’s Head Bartender Bob Vanlancker.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Veterans in a New Field for all cocktails sold through the specialty menu during Negroni Week.  Please, stop by either location participating, support a great cause, and sip on a truly delicious and new take on a classic cocktail!

A little about Veterans in a New Field…

Veterans in a New Field

This amazing organization helps our veterans take the field in sustainable agriculture. They train willing veterans to manage their farm businesses, use ecologically-sound agricultural practices, apply low-cost and low-input production systems, participate in local & regional food markets, and use their talents and passions to integrate value-added products into their farm plan.  Find out more about Veterans in a New Field here. 

May 7th, 2015
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Behind the BARn: Margarita May


margaritasMoCo’s Founding Farmers
 invites you to their second Behind the BARn series event, Margarita May!
 Please join us on the mezzanine on Wednesday, May 27, 5:30-6:30pm with our dynamic Beverage Director, Jon Arroyo, & Mezcal El Silencio’s Brand Ambassador, Torrence Swain.  This Behind the BARn series event will be focused on our specialty tequila cocktails accompanied by light bites to graze on while you sip.  Join us for a night filled with delicious cocktails & great food!

$45 per person including tax.

Cocktails to include:

  • The Proper Margarita
  • La Paloma
  • Señor Arroyo

Tickets are no longer available however keep an eye out for future Behind the BARn events at MoCo’s Founding Farmers!

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Planning to stay for dinner after the event? Don’t forget to grab a reservation!

May 6th, 2015
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