Founding Farmers is majority owned by American family farmers, including the more than 50,000 farmers of the North Dakota Farmers Union. Our restaurants operate, and are guided by, a very simple principle: we see and share everything … Through The Eyes Of The Farmer.™ When we make decisions, we see things the way American family farmers see things. We actively care about our neighbors, the land, the next generation, the quality of the product, and the overlap between our personal reputation and the meaning of our “brand.” This all comes together to make us an everyday neighborhood restaurant.
We opened our ﬁrst restaurant in 2008 on Pennsylvania Avenue just a few blocks from the White House, with a mission to take people back to the source, to enjoy food that is grown, raised, and harvested on family farms across our region and our nation. Every day, we are working to affirm that family farming was, and remains, essential to our nation’s well-being. For over a decade we have stayed true to our mission. We never prioritize profit above mission. If our sales are down one quarter, we don’t pull back on portions or product quality. We maintain our principles and our values.
Just like our farmer owners, we are in it for the long haul, bringing a multi-generational approach to each unique project and growing sustainably. This is our company character.
Our name “Founding Farmers” is a nod to our Founding Fathers, many of whom were devoted farmers long before they became trailblazers for our country. While those leaders built and contributed to the American agricultural tradition, we recognize that our mission is also about growing a new venture with farmers at the root: one that strengthens their livelihood, gives back to the community, preserves our land and waterways, and makes high-quality food accessible to all.
We want you, our guest, to know that the food on your plate comes from a real person, whether it is the farmer working the land or the chef cooking it for you. We also want you to know that farmers directly benefit from you enjoying our food and drink. This is what it means to be farmer-owned.
We invite you to continue reading and explore our website. Even better, stop by or make a reservation in one of our restaurants to learn more about us, get a taste of our food and drink, and support American family farmers.