Restaurants that want to be health conscious and support local farms may use the term “Farm to Table” or “Farm to Fork.” This term refers to the process your prepped foods takes to get from the local farm to your plate. The shorter the distance between the farm and your food, the healthier it will be, and likely a lot tastier too. Farm to Table restaurants will also frequently change menus to reflect the produce available seasonally.

If you spend any time in Cary, you know its residents are active and very health conscious. Healthy dining options are a must-have around town! Check out these top five best farm to table restaurants specializing in healthy delicious foods in Cary:

Dean’s Kitchen + Bar

The chefs at Dean’s Kitchen + Bar are proud North Carolinians and work closely with NC farms to provide the freshest ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but you can expect to find items such as North Carolina Oysters, Crispy Fried Local Whitefish, and Green Chili Braised Pork Shoulder. Be sure to check out the bar as well – you are sure to find some tasty NC beers on tap!

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Enjoy southern hospitality with a touch of sophistication! Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen serves up classic southern dishes made with local ingredients. Like most Farm to Table restaurants, the menu changes with the season, but you can expect to find dishes such as Local Pulled Pork on Johnny Cakes, Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish, and Suffolk Chicken.

Giardino Gourmet Salads

If you are looking for a fresh, healthy option on the go, Giardino Gourmet Salads is the place for you. This Florida franchise made its North Carolina debut in 2016. Order a signature salad or build your own! Nothing is healthier than a big bowl of greens, veggies, fruits, and protein.

First Watch

First Watch, the “Daytime Cafe, serves up delicious breakfast and lunch items made with the freshest ingredients. It offers a seasonal menu, along with traditional favorites such as omelets and french toast.

Kale Me Crazy

Kale Me Crazy is the ultimate healthy eating destination! It serves up cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps made with fresh, organic ingredients. If you really need a boost, try The Warrior Smoothie. It includes maca powder, spirulina, goji berries, flax seeds, banana, spinach, hemp milk, vanilla extract, and agave.

Other Cary spots for fresh, organic eating options include Diced, Sassool, and we can’t forget about Whole Foods, which has a prepared foods section in addition to a fantastic selection of locally sourced groceries available for pick-up. Choosing to eat healthy and frequenting establishments that support our local farms is not only good for you, but it is also good for the entire community. Eat healthy, eat local, y’all!

So what are some of your favorite dining establishments that specialize in healthy foods in Cary? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at FB.com/919Blog and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN