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RESERVATIONS

  • Why does Rambling House source locally?
    We source locally, as much as possible, because: it encourages sustainable and humane agriculture, it reduces our carbon footprint and our toll on the environment, we get to forge relationships with our local producers and gain a clearer picture of the quality of foods we are creating with, it benefits our local economy, and, simply stated, fresher products mean tastier, higher-quality, and more nutrient-dense meals!
  • What should I keep in mind when eating locally-sourced foods?
    Some of the meals we prepare may seem a bit different on first bite. For example, our Claddagh Hill Farm pasture-raised cattle produces a leaner meat and our from-scratch patties aren't stuffed with fillers. The resulting product may not be what you're accustomed to from your local burger joint, but the quality of the animal's life, as well as the product it results in, is much better (and better for you). Not to mention, it's pretty darn delectable. It's not that "you are what you eat," but what you eat certainly helps make up who you are!
  • Is the entire Rambling House menu locally-sourced?
    Unless you wouldn't mind an offering of exclusively potatoes all winter-long, our menu will probably always require supplemental products. We have big goals for increasing our local sourcing as we grow, but it is a difficult and cost-prohibitive enterprise given New England's ever-fluctuating seasons and short growing periods. Relying on fresh products and aiming for a delicious variety means that items might not always be available locally. However, we strive to keep our menus as updated and transparent as possible. In the meantime, if you would like us to move to a Potatoes-R-Us menu this winter, let us know! (Actually, don't. Our roots may be Irish, but our people fought hard to have more options on their dinner tables).
  • How do seasonal menus play into local sourcing?
    Seasonal foods are going to be fresher, more delicious, and more nutritious because they don't have to travel as far. Rather than harvested too early to accommodate long distance transports, they are sourced at their peak. When produce is allowed to mature to its full ripeness, it is more nutrient-dense.
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