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 13, 2022
Events, Food

Memorial Day Weekend with Us

Memorial Day is almost here, a holiday that for most marks the start of summer and a time of reverence in honor of our nation’s soldiers. This Memorial Weekend, all of our restaurants will be offering our brunch Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

March 29, 2022
Events, Food

Enjoy King of Prussia Restaurant Week at Founding Farmers KOP

It’s time for one of our favorite industry events, King of Prussia Restaurant Week. If you have never tried Founding Farmers King of Prussia, Restaurant Week is a great opportunity. Even if you have, King of Prussia’s Restaurant Week is a great time to try something new on our menus.

March 10, 2022
Events, Food

Order Easter To Go This Year

Looking for Easter Eats & Treats? We have great options to celebrate Easter with us this year. Enjoy our Easter Weekend at Home menu or join us in one of our restaurants for brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

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.