Animal welfare certification and eco-labeling program, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), Tuesday announced the first restaurant exclusively sourcing meat, dairy and egg products from farms certified to its standards and offering locally sourced and sustainably produced meals.
Grazin', opening Saturday in Hudson, N.Y., is the first "Animal Welfare Approved Restaurant" and sources product from AWA-certified Grazin' Angus Acres farm, a sustainable 450-acre eco-friendly farm set in the hills of northern Columbia County, New York. Both are owned by Dan Gibson and his family.
Signature menu items at the classic 1950s-style stainless steel diner include eight different burgers made with local Grazin' Angus Acres' 100 percent grass-fed and finished Black Angus beef served with hand-cut organic fries, plus a range of homemade organic ice creams and organic sodas from a fountain.
AWA is a free, third-party certification that audits farms raising animals with welfare standards that include consistent access to pasture or range, availability of clean shelter, assurance of humane treatment throughout their entire lifecycle, a health plan emphasizing prevention of illness or injury that includes avoidance of environmental stress and a diet comprised of feed developed by an animal nutritionist.
"For some time now, I have dreamed about opening a truly sustainable restaurant which serves tasty, nutritious meals using only high-welfare, sustainably produced meat and other ingredients," said Gibson. "And as we only use local suppliers, most of our ingredients will have travelled less than 11 miles from farm to plate, minimizing the carbon footprint of every meal."
Grazin's authentic "Farm to Table - Direct" menu features fresh beef, pork and eggs from Grazin' Angus Acres and fresh milk and pork from Milk Thistle Farm in Ghent, N.Y., as well as cheeses from Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, Vt., and Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery King Ferry, N.Y., - all AWA-certified. Other ingredients are also sourced from local farms and suppliers, wherever possible, AWA said.
Grazin' will make its own butter and ice cream from the fresh milk from Milk Thistle Farm and its signature menu items will be the eight different versions of the Animal Welfare Approved and 100 percent grassfed Angus burgers and organic fries. Hawthorne Valley Farm will also custom make the organic burger buns and other baked goods.
Grazin' is located at 717 Warren Street in Hudson, N.Y. The restaurant opens from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays. Grazin' is also open on Sundays for brunch from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Call (518) 822-9323 for more information or visit www.grazindiner.com.