Agrihood is a new buzzword among active adults. They are starting to pop up all over the U.S. and families of all ages are drawn to their health benefits and other lifestyle advantages. If you aren’t familiar with agrihoods, they are a new trend in planned communities that include working farms at their core as well as employees dedicated to promoting sustainable living.
The increase in urban living can make it hard for active adults to find fresh, local food, and a need has arisen. Easier access to high-processed foods like fast food burgers and pizza has saturated these markets. However, there’s been a focus back to farming, eating local, and building community in recent years that have helped make agrihoods possible.
The Farm-to-Table Movement
From the 1950s to the 1970s, pre-packaged and canned foods were at their height of popularity. Over time people began understanding what processed foods were and that, while affordable, they are extremely unhealthy. Organic foods started trickling into the market and around the 1990s, farmers markets started popping up across the country. Around 20 years later, farm-to-table and farm-to-fork restaurants started appearing.
These restaurants focus on the creation and development of local food systems that benefit the producers, consumers, and community. Their goal is to keep the sources and end users as close to one another as possible. Some of the first farm-to-table eateries like The Farm & Fisherman Tavern in Philadelphia, Lula Cafe in Chicago, and The Farmer’s Table in Boca Raton are privately owned and sourced. Now, there are even farm-to-table fast-chain restaurants like B.Good.