August 20, 2021 Events

GW is Buzzing with Honey Bees

It’s summertime and The George Washington University Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Laboratory and Apiary team is abuzz as usual.  For the past eleven years, we have been supporting (and delighted to learn from) this amazing undergraduate bee research team headed up by Dr. Hartmut Doebel. 

The GWU beekeeping research project focuses on different aspects of honey bee life and health, while providing a safe place for our urban pollinators. 

For the past 11 years, we have helped support: 

  • 120 Bee Hives
  • 5 Million Honey Bees
  • 14 Undergraduate Student Beekeepers maintaining hives
  • 46 Undergraduate Students researching bee behavior patterns and colony collapse disorders
  • 2,500 lbs of Honey harvested & used in our restaurants and our distillery

Honey bees are essential to the diversity of our food chain. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators, which also translates to 70 of the world’s top 100 crops being pollinated by honey bees, including potatoes, blueberries & most berries, broccoli, melon, avocados, many nuts, sesame, sunflower, apples, peaches, cucumbers, squash, grapes, tomatoes, and more. Almonds are entirely reliant on bee pollination. In the United States, more than $15 billion dollars worth of crops are pollinated by bees each year. 

Did you know these UnBEElievable Honey Bee Facts?

  • One bee makes 1/2 teaspoon of honey in its entire life.
  • Honey bees NEVER SLEEP.
  • Honey bees wings stroke 200 times per second.
  • Honey is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial.

Every year, in early spring, we are invited to participate in the installation of new hives at GW, home of the largest urban apiary in DC. We sometimes visit just to see how the bees are doing, and sometimes we join the annual honey harvest.

We use the delicious GW honey in our restaurants and in our nearby distillery located inside our sibling restaurant, Farmers & Distillers, including in the previously released 264 bottles of our special GW Limited Edition Founding Spirits Amaro. 

To learn more about the GW Apiary, check out the GWBuzz website.



October 19, 2022

A Time to Serve Our Veterans

Every Veterans Day, like many of our national holidays, we serve our brunch, along with our lunch/dinner menu, across all of our restaurants – all Founding Farmers locations, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers.

October 5, 2022
Events, Food

Celebrate Hanukkah with Traditional Hanukkah Foods

We are serving a special menu for Hanukkah beginning the evening of December 18 through December 26 at select locations: MoCo’s Founding Farmers, Founding Farmers Reston Station, Founding Farmers Tysons, Founding Farmers King of Prussia, and DC’s Farmers & Distillers. 

October 1, 2022

Brunch & Dinner are Served, Come Join us New Year’s Weekend

Plan to ring in the 2023 New Year with us.  All of our locations will be open for breakfast/brunch on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Monday, January 2nd followed by our lunch & dinner menus. 

Join us for a meal

Reserve a Table

Our dining rooms and patios are open. Reserve your table or come on in. Our full menus are available for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.