The farm-to-table trend is no stranger to Southwest Virginia. As an area rich in agriculture, there is a variety of options to source meat, produce, and dairy locally – something Local Roots Restaurant has taken advantage of since their inception.
The menu at Local Roots Restaurant is always changing to match the harvest of the seasons. That’s how you know every ingredient they use is farm fresh! From a butternut squash bisque to their grilled veggie sandwiches, you know that every bite is fresh, locally sourced food.
“Our roots are fed by a philosophy we call S.O.L.E.: Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical. It’s a principle that guides us as we decide from whom to source…” reads the mission on their website.
It sounds a lot like our core value: “We will always produce and sell quality, natural products that are wholesome and enjoyable for the whole family” – which is why we’re pleased to have been one of their farm fresh sources for almost a decade! Each week, Local Roots Restaurant receives a fresh delivery from our Milkman, Brent, full of Homestead Creamery butter, heavy cream, buttermilk, whole milk, and half and half.
Mastering the Buttermilk Biscuit
Choosing the buttermilk biscuits at the restaurant’s Sunday Brunch? You better believe it’s Homestead Creamery buttermilk and butter in every bite! We got the opportunity to watch Executive Chef Matthew Lintz in action as he carefully crafted a batch for us.
“The trick is to mix the flour and butter until it’s a nice sandy texture,” said Chef Matt as the mixture slow churns in the Local Roots Restaurant kitchen. Once you achieve that texture, you add in the buttermilk and give it another whirl before the kneading and folding.
The other trick? Folding instead of rolling. As you knead the dough out, try to fold the dough at least 5-8 times to achieve the flaky layers that are key to a fluffy, flavorful buttermilk biscuit.
The finished product is a steaming, mouthwatering biscuit, glazed with butter.
(After this field trip, we’re thinking we’ll need to be updating our Sausage Gravy Biscuit Casserole recipe in light of these new tips and tricks!)
Using Homestead in Your Restaurant
As people who feel as passionately about the farm-to-table movement as the owners of Local Roots Restaurant, we make a point of finding the best dairy sourcing solutions for the restaurants we work with. If you’re interested in using Homestead Creamery in your farm, fresh recipes, please reach out to us! We’d love to work with you!