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  1. Dandelion Communitea Cafe

    This is a local restaurant that is an absolute treasure in our community. Having to hold its own against a myriad of chains in the area, this place provides a delicious array of Vegan dishes and features local artwork and music. It gives back to the community endlessly and it's a joy to eat there. -- this business can be found at: Orlando 407-362-1864 julie@dandelioncommunitea.com http://dandelioncommunitea.com

    423 votes
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    • Egg Restaurant

      Egg is a small farm-to-table restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that recently received its "Snail of Approval" from Slow Foods. It also operates a 6 acre farm in Oak Hill, NY which supplies most of the produce for the restaurant. In addition, Egg has taken the initiative to expand excess to farm foods and funding in the Williamsburg community. They are currently partnered with the Automotive High School to support the "Food, Land and You" program, which teaches students about food and agriculture through gardening. Their bi-annual fundraising dinners make field trips to local farms in NY a reality and also…

      232 votes
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      • Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits

        6727 W. Roosevelt Road., Berwyn IL An amazing restaurant that shops at the local Farmers Market, grows fresh herbs in their own greenhouse and works with other, local businesses. Green-minded, they have re-purposed furnishings and many other sustainable principles integrated into their business plan.

        125 votes
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        • Ethos Vegan Kitchen

          They do a lot of great work in the community, including working with non-profits, hosting a monthly public freecycle, and paying all of their employees a fair living wage, rather than a minimum wage. It's also owned and operated by an awesome couple. Oh, and of course, vegan food is much better for the environment than meat. -- this business can be found at: Orlando,FL 407-228-3898 info@ethosvegankitchen.com www.ethosvegankitchen.com

          48 votes
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          • Gather Restaurant

            Gather is a flagship of sustainability. -- this business can be found at: Berkeley, CA 510-809-0400 info@gatherrestaurant.com www.gatherrestaurant.com

            39 votes
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            • Hopleaf Bar

              The Hopleaf Bar is not only one the most highly-regarded beer destinations in the U.S., it also offers a bounty of delicious, Belgian-inspired and comfort foods that are carefully prepared with locally-produced/grown ingredients. Owner Michael Roper and Executive Chef Ben Sheagren are devoted to sourcing vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy foods from family farms in WI, IL, IN, MI and other states. In doing so, they are significantly supporting and strengthening our local food system, with a degree of sustainable economic impact that is surprising for a single restaurant establishment. -- this business can be found at: Chicago, IL 773.454.5482 …

              11 votes
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              • Claire's Restaurant

                support local farms, great food! -- this business can be found at: Hardwick, VT newvermontcooking@yahoo.com www.clairesvt.com

                9 votes
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                • Feel Good Foods

                  With over 20 years combined food service experience, the folks at Feel Good Foods understand what customer satisfaction is all about. Offer vegan, vegetarian and slow food, as well as being superb caterers of music festivals, such as Bonaroo and others. Good Food, Good People.
                  located in Asheville, NC.

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                  • Firebox Restaurant

                    A seasonally, locally driven farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of an urban city. Not only committed to supporting local farmers and produces, but part of a larger effort to revitalize the community in partnership with the Billings FOrge Community Works, a non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness in the area. -- this business can be found at: Hartford 860 246 1222 jabate@fireboxrestaurant.com www.fireboxrestaurant.com

                    5 votes
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                    • Star Diner

                      Star Diner, situated along the French Broad River in Marshall, NC, is a great slow money business model because it has constructed the reality of the restaurant in unison with the immediate community and slow money principles.

                      The model lends itself to bringing money back down to earth by encouraging the community of Marshall to invest their monies back into the town. In turn, the Star Diner gives its undivided attention to the local farmer and larger community by investing in their product and returning a percentage of the restaurant profits back into the community. The philosophy of the business…

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                      • Blue Moon Evolution

                        8 Clifford Street Exeter, NH Blue Moon Evolution is a 16 year old natural food store and cafe that evolved last year to a lunch and dinner restaurant that is seasonal, local, organic focused. The farmers deliver every day, produce, cheeses and meats. Many have had an arrangement with the chef and he prepares Shephards Pie for Riverslee Farm with their lamb, for them to sell at the Farmers Market, Chicken Chili for Kellybrook farm to sell, the list goes on. We are attempting to bring a cookbook to fruition and need financial support for all of these endenvers.

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                        • Rosetta's Kitchen

                          Local farm sourcing, living wage, organic ingredients, healthy food choices, strong presence in the community. An outstanding organization. -- this business can be found at: Asheville, NC 828-232-0738 http://rosettaskitchen.com/

                          5 votes
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                          • ChocolaTree Eatery

                            ChocolaTree Eatery: 1595 West Hwy 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 The best raw food & raw chocolate in the west....and perhaps in the US!!!! GREAT FOOD GREAT PEOPLE who really care! Many Thanks!

                            4 votes
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                            • People's Pint Brewpub

                              - Greenfield, MA

                              4 votes
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                              • Monument Cafe

                                First off, the food is delicious, and that's paramount for a restaurant. Then, if that weren't enough, there's the blackboard telling you which local growers and producers contributed to the day's fare. And then the staff that is like family--with their years of service displayed on their name tags. Years of service, that's just unheard of in a restaurant! -- this business can be found at: Georgetown (512) 930-9586 comments@themonumentcafe.com www.themonumentcafe.com

                                3 votes
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                                • Optimo Restaurant & Farm Market Cafe

                                  Optimo - a new restaurant in the Driftless Region of southwest Wisconsin. Based in a town public market that houses the Winter Viroqua Farmer's Market.

                                  Optimo executive chef, Frank Wildingway, creates everything from scratch using only local ingredients bought direct from the farmer.

                                  Optimo is "The Living Diner," embracing a conscious culinary system:

                                  *Food - The use of local, fresh, quality "living" foods full of vitality and purity.

                                  *Preparation - The art of food creation prepared with gratitude and mindfulness.

                                  *Service - The practice of joyfully serving and connecting with patrons.

                                  *Higher Calling-The passion to nourish and educate patrons to…

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Paolina's Way

                                    Paolina's Way is an organic Italian restaurant in downtown Camden, Maine. They get as much of their produce, meat, and other supplies needed for the restaurant from local farms and businesses. They are also an eco-friendly business, making every effort to lessen their carbon footprint. A wonderful mission- not to mention wonderful food! -- this business can be found at: Camden 207-230-0555 contact@paolinasway.com www.paolinasway.com

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Zynodoa Restaurant

                                      Located in proximity to Polyface Farms, Zynodoa Restaurant features a range of bounty from local farmers within the Shenandoah Valley. -- this business can be found at: Staunton, Virginia

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Pastazza

                                        As a values based business this restaurant supports many local farmers, fishers, ranchers, and local suppliers, while maintaining 'Toward Zero Waste' practices, green energy purchase, and strong community and environmental support. -- this business can be found at: Bellingham, WA (360) 714-1168 pastazza@earthlink.net www.pastazza.com

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Tootsies

                                          A wonderful Italian cafe that serves lunch and breakfast. It's located across from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Italian owner Rocco is a wonderful person who takes an interest in his customers. He had great empathy for us when going through a health crisis with our daughter. When we are in the area now we always stop in for the wonderful sandwiches, breakfasts and coffee inspired by the Emilia-Romagna and Puglia regions of Italy. When we were there recently I saw some letters of thanks from the hospital, I believe the restaurant caters for some of their functions.
                                          http://www.tootsiesbarn.com/

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