New Veggie Burger is Our Very Best

We have a delicious new plant-based burger. We think it is better than other veggie burgers far and wide, and if we’re being honest, we think is it the Best Veggie Burger ever.

It is also a very wholesome choice, literally. Our super-secret recipe is made with whole grains, whole foods, and the perfect combination of veggies from farmers we know and trust, and topped with chopped cabbage and lettuce, our bread & butter pickles, tomatoes, chopped onions, muenster cheese, and our special house sauce. Like all our burgers, our Best Veggie Burger is served on our freshly baked brioche bun with french fries. We also have created a Veggie Loaf platter as well, served with mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and topped with mushroom gravy. In addition, our breakfast menu now has a Veggie Patty.

Farmers & Distillers now has all of these vegetarian options available, and so do our sibling restaurants: Farmers Fishers Bakers and all our Founding Farmers locations. Over the years, we have offered our guests a few different plant-based burgers, including the IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger. We were the first restaurant in the DMV and King of Prussia to serve the IMPOSSIBLE™ Burger. Over the past few years, we’ve asked our guests what they like about IMPOSSIBLE and thought about what we like and don’t like know about the product. We’ve decided it’s time to drop this one exception to our “we make it ourselves from scratch” ethos.

“The Impossible Burger was an unusual offering for us, since it is not scratch-made in our restaurants, and it comes from a lab rather than a farm or ranch,” says Co-Owner, Dan Simons. “We were intrigued by the potential of Impossible Burger, and their stated motivations about health and environment. In our company, we are always weighing how our choices impact the environment, as well as our farmer-owners and our guests. Bottom line? Factory food is factory food, no matter how you dress it up. We feel that our farmers are great stewards of the land for the long haul. Our chefs were excited to create a new plant-based offering for our vegetarian guests ­and for meat-eaters who love a great veggie burger. The fact is, this challenge is Not-Impossible, and I think when you taste our plant-based burger, you’ll agree.”

Veggie burger lovers (and any burger lovers), join us at Farmers & Distillers for Our Best Veggie Burger.

Join Us For Our New Breakfast Menu

We have a new breakfast menu at Farmers & Distillers (and all our restaurants) that we are certain will be a great start to everyone’s day, whether you are one of our breakfast regulars or are new to our breakfast menu.

You asked for some of the menu selections we only had at other restaurants to also be available and Farmers & Distillers. And we responded. The biggest news, perhaps, is that we now have Uncle Buck’s Beignets everywhere, including all Founding Farmers  and Farmers Fishers Bakers. We also have our super popular breakfast tacos, formerly only available at Farmers Fishers Bakers.

Buttermilk Biscuits are now also available at all seven of our restaurants, as well as our famous breakfast Chicken & Waffles. Of course, we have a whole host of Things That Get Syrup, which is particularly good in our restaurant, because we only serve 100% Grade A Maple Syrup. We have a partnership with Cornell University’s Maple Program in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. So, come enjoy our real maple syrup atop our Waffles and French Toast (both classic brioche and vanilla cream-filled) with multiple additional toppings, including Maine blueberry compote, strawberries & cream, and bananas foster. Our Buttermilk Pancakes are also crowd pleasers, which come simple and delicious or order chocolate chip, Maine blueberry, and strawberries & cream.

Other breakfast go-to’s include Egg Benedicts with traditional ham, crab cake, or spinach & tomato and expansive array of scrambles and hashes. Kids and adults alike also love our Peanut Butter Banana Toast made with our house-ground peanut butter, our marshmallow fluff, shaved chocolate, and honey-roasted peanuts.

Our new breakfast menu has something for everyone, including breakfast cocktails made with spirits from our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits, our house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, and fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice.

Join us soon at Farmers & Distillers. We think you will agree that we have the very best breakfast in DC.

Feeding Our Neighbors with Breadcoins

For the past year, Farmers & Distillers has been partnering with a growing nonprofit in the District working to feed our neighbors. Breadcoin helps distribute food tokens, or “Breadcoins,” to people who are hungry or food-insecure that can be used like cash at local restaurants, bakeries, markets, food trucks, and more.

“We were excited when Breadcoin came to us, because there is so much more need in our communities than we can provide on our own,” said Hillary Miko, Director of Catering & Special Events. “It is a great way to connect with the people who want to help in our communities, with the people who need help in our communities, and make it easy for people to come in and have a good meal.”

Participating in this innovative program has a twofold impact. Breadcoin helps ensure that all our neighbors are fed and treated with dignity and our neighborhood restaurants, still recovering from the pandemic, are also supported.

In 2021, Breadcoin had a record-breaking year: 35,407 Breadcoins were redeemed at participating vendors. They expect that number to double in 2022.

How Breadcoin Works?

Neighborhood nonprofits hand out Breadcoins to people who are hungry or food-insecure, whether chronically or situationally. Those coins can be used at Farmers & Distillers (and other vendors) to buy food to enjoy in the restaurant and to go. Because Breadcoins can be used just like cash or a gift certificate, all Breadcoin customers can be treated the same as any paying customer, without stigma. Each coin has a current value of $2.50. At the end of every month, Farmers & Distillers cashes out the Breadcoins for full value.

Who Funds Breadcoin?

Members fund the Breadcoin economy each month. Every $25 dollar donation equals 10 Breadcoins. Anyone can become a member and donate to fund the coins.

Who Distributes Breadcoins?

Vetted and trusted nonprofits hand out Breadcoins to those in need, along with information about where they can be used.

To learn more about Breadcoin, check out their website.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Home

Looking for ways to say “Thank You” to Mom this Mother’s Day? Let us help you wow the moms in your life with scratch-made food (that she doesn’t have to cook), fabulous drinks, AND chocolate.

CELEBRATE MOM WITH OUR BRUNCH AT HOME

Started in our kitchens, ready to be finished in yours, our Mother’s Day Brunch at Home brings the decadence of our restaurant brunch home with easy step-by-step reheating and light cooking instructions while Mom props up her feet with one of our bottled cocktails, mimosas, or freshly squeezed juices. Packaged for 4 but enough food and drink for more, our menu includes everything from cinnamon rolls to prime rib, french toast to gnocchi, quiche to coconut cake. There are choices for mom and the whole family. Step-by-step reheat instructions will be sent to you and posted here closer to Mother’s Day. 

Mother’s Day at Home ordering is now closed. For hot, ready-to-eat Mother’s Day to go, please pre-order here.
  • Order by Tuesday, May 3 at 12pm.
  • Pick up is available on Saturday, May 7 at all of our locations.

MELT HER HEART WITH FOUNDING FARMERS CHOCOLATE

Give Mom our handcrafted, artisan chocolates this Mother’s Day. Our Founding Farmers Chocolate Sampler is available on our Brunch at Home menu or check out our full chocolate menu, which you can order online for convenient curbside pick up, or just stop by any of our restaurants to pick up a box or two or three! We have a great selection of chocolate barks in an assortment of percentages and ingredients, plus our Cookie Caramel Bar, Peppermint Crème, Fudge, Peanut Butter Cup, Butta Finga, and more. It’s hard to go wrong with really good chocolate.

JOIN US FOR A MOTHER’S DAY MEAL

All of our restaurants are open for Mother’s Day for brunch, late lunch & dinner. If you would prefer to wine and dine mom around our tables, we recommend you make a reservation. All our dining rooms are open at limited capacity, and some of our restaurants have outdoor seating.

 

Order Passover at Home

Enjoy Passover at Home this year with our special menu of traditional tastes. All of our selections are made from scratch in our kitchens, easily finished in yours with light cooking and reheating instructions.

Our Passover at Home menu includes holiday favorites not available in our restaurants: Gefilte Fish, Devil-ish Eggs, Matzo Ball Soup,Whitefish Salad, Apricot Sticky Chicken, Slow-Cooked Brisket, Honey-Glazed Salmon, Potato Latkes, Tzimmes, Quinoa Tabbouleh, Asparagus, Bake-at-Home Sweet Potato Apple Raisin Kugel, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Founding Farmers Chocolate, and more. Please note: We are not able to cook kosher in our kitchens.

ORDER BY: Monday, April 11th, 3pm – Ordering is now closed.
PICK UP: Friday, April 15th, 3pm-5pm and Saturday, April 16th, 8am-3pm.
Available for convenient curbside pick up from us at Farmers & Distillers in DC, as well as our Founding Farmers locations in Potomac, MD; Reston Station, VA; Tysons, VA; and King of Prussia, PA.

“Our Passover meal is meant for anyone and everyone,” says Dan Simons, one of our Co-Owners. “The message of Passover is both a celebration of liberation and inclusivity. For Passover, I share this message – let us all practice inclusivity and kindness to all in our community and world. Whether you call it a Seder and read from the Haggadah, or you call it dinner and gather thoughtfully with those you love, or wish to experience new flavors and dishes, it’s still Passover. My team and I are happy to share the table and our food with you.”

Enjoy Easter Meals To Go & With Us

Looking for your Easter meal or bunny treats? We’ve got you covered. 

Easter WEEKEND at Home

Relax this Easter weekend and let us do the cooking. We have created a special Easter Weekend at Home menu – including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks – that is available for curbside pick up at Farmers & Distillers, as well as our Founding Farmers locations in MD, VA, and PA. All you have to do is order, pick up, heat & enjoy this Easter.

ORDER BY: Monday, April 11th at 3pm – Ordering is now closed
Order ASAP to ensure convenient pick up time and location is available. 
PICK UP: Saturday, April 16th, 8am-3pm
Orders will be available for curbside pick up at Farmers & Distillers in DC and at our Founding Farmers locations in Potomac, MD; Reston Station, VA; Tysons, VA; and King of Prussia, PA.

Our Easter Weekend at Home menu includes our scratch-made breakfast items: guest-favorite Cinnamon Rolls, Coffee Pound Cake, Lemon Pound Cake, Buttermilk Pancake Kit, Breakfast Burritos, and our various quiches. Guests can also order bottled cocktails from our DC, VA, and MD locations.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday with lunch or dinner from us, or just grab a few side dishes or desserts to complete your meal. Our menus include a full range of options from our Skillet Cornbread, Buttermilk Biscuits, Asparagus Mint Soup, and Devil-ish Eggs to our great selection of flavorful sides, such as our much-loved Seven Cheese Macaroni and our Marinated Cucumber & Snow Peas. Our entrée choices include our Honey-Glazed Spiral Baked Ham, signature Honey Thyme SpatchcockChicken, Apricot-Maple Glazed Salmon, Herb-Crusted Prime Rib, and our Herb-Crusted American Lamb Rack. Guests can order full meals for 4 with entrée, starters, salads & soup, and sides or order a la carte. You can also add on a selection of our famous house-made desserts in various sizes, as well as our Founding Farmers Chocolate.

Heat, Eat & Enjoy!
Heating instructions will be included with all orders and can be found online closer to the date. 

Bottled Cocktails

We have a great assortment of bottled cocktails available for pick up at Farmers & Distillers and most of our Founding Farmers locations.

Reserve a Table for Easter

Join us in our restaurant at Farmers & Distillers for Easter Sunday. We will be serving our famous Farmers Market Buffet Brunch followed by lunch and dinner. Please reserve your Easter table HERE


Choc’in Down the Bunny Trail

Gift somebunny you love Founding Farmers Chocolate! 


 

Valentine’s Weekend at Home

Farmers & Distillers has everything you need to celebrate Valentine’s Day & Weekend. Enjoy a special dinner at home (light cooking required), exclusive bottled cocktails, romantic, vintage three-tiered mini cakes, Founding Farmers Chocolate dipped strawberries, breakfast offerings, and more chocolates. 

Valentine’s at Home Dinner for Two

 

Create a very special Valentine’s date night dinner at home. Our culinary and bar teams are working on the perfect take out Valentine’s Weekend experience so you and your special someone can enjoy a romantic four-course dinner in the comfort of your home.  Our special Valentine’s dinner for two, includes: four courses with two sides, bread, and dessert. From signature starters including shrimp ceviche to specially crafted Surf & Turf, Lobster, Chesapeake-Style Crab Cakes, Center Cut Beef Tenderloin, and more. Your dessert choices include your choice of vintage mini cakes or Founding Farmers Chocolate dipped strawberries.

Pick up: Monday, February 14 
Order by: Thursday, February 10 at 12pm

Order Valentine’s at Home Online

Vintage Three-Tiered Mini Cakes

This year, we are making romantic, Vintage Three-Tiered Mini Cakes as part of our Valentine’s Dinner for Two that can also be ordered a la carte. All are available for $15 each.

Order Online

Founding Farmers Chocolate & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Our artisan, hand-crafted Founding Farmers Chocolate has already become a guest favorite, both in our restaurants and to go. We have a wide assortment of choices and chocolate percentages available. All are available on our Valentine’s Weekend at Home menu. Perhaps our most romantic choice: our Founding Farmers Chocolate dipped strawberries available as your dessert selection with the Valentine’s Dinner for Two or a la carte. Give your beloved a special treat with Founding Farmers Chocolate. 

Order Online

Join us for Your Valentine’s Meal

All of our restaurants will be open on Valentine’s Day and serving our regular breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Our award-winning bar & beverage team will also be serving up special Valentine’s Day-inspired craft cocktails, featuring DC’s #1 Local Vodka, for our guests to enjoy in our restaurants not just on Valentine’s Day, but all week long. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Reserve a Table

Plan Your New Year with Farmers & Distillers

At Farmers & Distillers, we have many ways to ring in 2022 around our tables and yours. Give yourself a New Year’s treat with our food and drink. 

New Year’s Eve & Day at Our Restaurants

We will be serving brunch in our restaurants until 2pm on New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Lunch & dinner menus to follow. Reserve your table today.

$1 Bottle of Bubbles With New Year’s Eve at Home Dinner

We have a very special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu of scratch-made foods started in our kitchens, ready to be finished in yours, including New England Clam Chowder, Bacon Lollis, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cakes, Beef Tenderloin, Surf & Turf, Scalloped Potatoes, Sour Cherry Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and more.

Toast 2021 at home with $1 bottle of bubbles*

Let your Happy New Year celebration continue at home with our New Year’s Day Brunch at Home options as well.

Ordering is now closed for New Year’s at Home.

Order by: Tuesday, December 28 at 12pm
Pick up: Friday December 31
Available from all of our locations

New Year’s Eve & Day at Our Restaurant

We are open every day, including New Year’s Eve & Day. Celebrate 202s with us on our winterized patio or in our igloo (by reservation). On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, we are serving brunch, lunch & dinner. Our lunch & dinner menu starts at 2pm. You can reserve your table online. Our sibling restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, are also serving guests everyday, at our restaurants. Reserve your table. 

A Message to Our Guests

Some of you have asked why we are charging a 5% restaurant recovery charge and how the funds are being used.

All good relationships have communication at their center; we strive to be crystal clear in our communications and our thinking. We disclose our 5% fee clearly atop all of our menus (both printed and online), in every reservation confirmation email, and in our FAQs on our websites. There are so many industries that add unclear and sometimes seemingly hidden fees to bills, which we find frustrating and misleading. Our goal is to be transparent about why we have added this fee.

Very simply, our industry, and our restaurants, have been crushed by the pandemic and continue to face pandemic ripples and shockwaves. At times over the past 20 months, in all seven of our restaurants, we’ve struggled to pay our debts and rent, even as many of our landlords have been helpful. We are still dealing with cash losses in some of our restaurants and have incurred debts that need to be paid. In all our restaurants, we are continuing to face increased costs due to the pandemic and supply chain difficulties.

The bottom line: Our original business model has been upended by the pandemic, and the only way for us to survive is to increase our costs for our guests. Without figuring out a way to change and evolve our business model quickly, we’d be done for. This evolution and adaptation currently includes our 5% restaurant recovery fee, which helps us cover many new and different parts of our operations, such as:

  • Additional costs (including software and equipment) for health tracking and auditing, including the ongoing monitoring of symptoms, COVID testing, and team members who are vaccinated. (See our COVID Dashboard to learn more.)
  • Ongoing on-site COVID vaccine/booster and flu clinics in all seven of our restaurants.
  • Training and education to help our team understand the science behind vaccinations, our mask and vaccination policies, and enhanced safety operations.
  • Mental health support services, including no-cost access to online therapy through TalkSpace, for our employees and their immediate family members.
  • Paid COVID testing for employees who are not feeling well.
  • Increased cost of goods due to supply chain issues for our napkins, silverware, plates, aprons, kitchen uniforms, equipment repair, and more. Almost everything we use now costs more.
  • Creating and supporting outdoor dining, for winter, as possible.
  • Masks for our team (and guests who arrive without them) in locations where they are required.
  • Changing & updating signage as we respond to changing regulations.
  • Increased wages, including overtime pay as we – like most restaurants – struggle to be fully staffed.
  • Increased training of new employees due to the loss of our workforce during the pandemic, as well as training in all new operations required by the pandemic.
  • Free food for every employee and their family while they were laid off during the pandemic.

The government support thru the PPP programs has ended, and no more support is in sight. It is a challenging time.

The vast majority of our guests do not express any concern about the fee to us, and when a guest does, we engage in conversation, and in the event that the guest would like the fee removed, we’re prompt with removing it from their check. We’re in the making friends business, we’re in the business of serving delicious food & drink, and we’re in the business of caring for our employees and our communities. To do these things, we need to ensure we stay in business.

For us, all roads lead back to hospitality, sustainability, and our long-term commitment to American family farmers. We sincerely appreciate your support. We promise to maintain our transparency as we continue to navigate our recovery. We also promise that we’ll keep taking care of our team, the farmers that we buy from, and you, our guests.

Michael Vucurevich & Dan Simons,
Co-Owners

Outdoor Dining at Farmers & Distillers

If you are looking for an open-air dining experience, we have a patio at Farmers & Distillers. 

Come down to Mass Avenue to enjoy our patio. There are also some heaters and fire pits available first come first serve. We are delighted to serve our guests outside. 

Reserve your table online for an outdoor table in downtown DC at Farmers & Distillers on our patio. Or check out one of our other locations – Founding Farmers DC and Farmers Fishers Bakers – where we have additional outdoor dining available, some are covered and have heaters or gas fire pits. Reserve your table online for outdoor dining to enjoy one of our patios.