November 11, 2018 Events, Sustainability

Taking Our Last Straw to the DC Council

Co-Owner Dan Simons took to DC’s government halls on Friday, testifying at a hearing on plastic straws and stirrers. Speaking before the DC Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Simons encouraged the council to pass the bill that prohibits the sale, use, or provision of non-compostable straws and stirring implements by food service entities, beginning January 1, 2019 with one change: replace the word “compostable” with “biodegradable.”

At Founding Farmers, we made the switch to biodegradable straws over a year ago.

In the last year alone, our three DC restaurants – Founding Farmers DC and its siblings, Farmers & Distillers and Farmers Fishers Bakers – have eliminated over 938,000 plastic straws from the DC trash stream. We did this by switching from compostable straws to paper and hay. We also have always used fewer straws than many, because we don’t use straws in many of our drinks, including water. It is important to note that if a guest requires a plastic straw, for health or disability reasons, we are keeping a small selection of plastic straws on hand.

Also testifying at the hearing was Julie Sharkey, Campaign Manager for Our Last Straw, the foundation we launched in June to build a coalition of restaurants, cafes, bars, and others in the hospitality industry to eliminate plastic straws across the DMV and beyond. She urged the council to pass the amendment saying, “Plastic straws, just like plastic bags, are the gateway to increased awareness about the environmental and health hazards of plastics, and a critical stepping stone on the path to reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.”

Testimony was also given by representatives from the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and DC Doesn’t Suck. The entire hearing was recorded and can be watched online.

May 3, 2021
Drink, Events, Food

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: In Our Restaurants & At Home

This year, we have two ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: in our restaurants and at home. Join us at one of our restaurants for happy hour OR grab your food and drinks to go and celebrate at home.

April 7, 2021
Events, Food

Enjoy Restaurant Week at Founding Farmers King of Prussia

This year, we are celebrating of our favorite industry events, Restaurant Week, for TWO weeks with specials in our restaurant and for you to enjoy at home. Founding Farmers will once again be participating in King of Prussia’s Restaurant Week.

March 20, 2021
Events

Celebrating our Annual Cherry Blossoms

We love welcoming spring to the nation’s capital every year, especially the chance to enjoy and celebrate our famous Cherry Blossoms, which can be found along the Tidal Basin and are surrounded by some of DC’s most visited monuments.

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.