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Producers hit it big with farmer-owned restaurants
USAgNet - April 12, 2018

RESTON, VA - North Dakota Farmers Union's seventh farmer-owned restaurant has opened its doors this week in Reston, VA.

Founding Farmers Reston is located at Reston Station on D.C.'s Metro subway line. "Besides great food and atmosphere, our restaurants reflect the tremendous support consumers feel for family farmers and ranchers," said NDFU President Mark Watne. "It's an amazing story all of its own."

Like other Founding Farmers restaurants, the newest storefront will feature made-from-scratch comfort food served at affordable prices with ingredients sourced from American family farms and ranches. 

The group's flagship restaurant near the White House remains the most-booked restaurant in the country on OpenTable.com, for five years running.

Watne said the concept of a farmer-owned restaurant started at NDFU with the idea that farmers could secure a greater share of the U.S. food dollar by taking advantage of opportunities at the top of the production food chain rather than the bottom. That reality is even more important today, he said, given the farm crisis.

Commodity prices have been in a slump since 2014, well below the cost of production. Net farm income is expected to fall to a 12-year low this year to $59.5 billion, according to USDA's Economic Research Service.



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