The abundant farms and forests along the northern tier are the perfect backdrop for a growing trend in culinary travel. More visitors are seeking out the cafes and restaurants that specialize in menus rich in locally grown food sources and the PA Route 6 Corridor is blessed with many of these eating establishments.
Known as “farm to table”, the chefs at these places are creating high quality meals with the produce, poultry and meats from sources close to home. “Farm to Table” is considered to be more nutritional as goods do not need to be transported long distances, better for the earth, and a boost to the local economy.
This is not a new concept for places like the Settler’s Inn in Hawley (MM 368). Their menu has featured locally grown meals for years; it even lists the source of the produce or meat. Now a traveler across Route 6 can have a different dining experience at variety of places. Some other farm to table restaurants along Route 6 include: Tioga Bistro in Tunkhannock (MM 311) and both the Patisserie and the Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford (MM394).
One trend emerging in the farm to table movement is the pairing of foods with beverage and spirits. A good example is Voodoo Brewery (MM23) in Meadville PA . Known for their award winning brews, the folks at Voodoo take their culinary delights to the next level with organic/ local meat, poultry and produce. It is recommended to try the Margarita Pizza made from the “spent grain” they use for the brewing process, and topped with fresh mozzarella and basil.
Another trend that is happening along Route 6 is the appearance of food trucks specializing in sandwiches made with locally grown produce, such as the Farm on Pine Creek food truck, which can be seen along Route 6 just west of Galeton (MM 195).
This trend of farm to table dining has a great impact on the future of the PA Route 6 Corridor. The restaurants obtain the items needed for their recipes at farmer’s market like the Four Season Farm Market in Meshoppen (MM 302), Mansfield Grower’s Market (MM234) and Goodell Gardens Farmer’s Market in Edinboro (MM21N) and dairy farms like Milky Way Farm ( MM251) in Troy. By buying local, the restaurants are supporting the working farmer and helping sustain the economy of the northern tier.