That’s right. Farm Burger recently opened an Asheville location (they’re based out of Atlanta) and Glenn, Huxley and I have been crushing hard ever since that first fateful bite. As you can see from the top photo, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill burger & fries place. Far from it. Farm Burger is committed to sourcing from local purveyors, seeking out the freshest, most sustainably-raised and grown beef, pork, chicken, produce, eggs, and dairy available in the area. It’s mission statement gives you a clear indication of their business philosophy and commitment to ethical, responsible eating:
Farm Burger is defined by its mission, its farms, its team, and its community. We depend on local farmers, ranchers and land stewards to make your burger as good as it is. From our beef to our tomatoes to our compostable containers to our owners, Farm Burger is sustainable, local, humane, and helping to reroute our food system to function more like an ecosystem than a corporation. Our goal is to connect soil, animal, plant, rancher, butcher, chef & you…all in a simple wire basket.
Not only is it exceedingly delicious, it’s super creative, too. Where else can you get things like house made pickles, smokey paprika mayonnaise, oxtail marmalade (fer serious), apple slaw, a farm fried egg (!!!), pork belly, beer-battered onion rings, and aged smoked gouda on your burger? Or have a side of seasonal slaw (since we’ve been going, it’s been a kale-based slaw that is marinated in a mayo base to perfection), deviled eggs, boiled peanuts, or bone marrow (as in, marrow, inside a bone) as a side dish? Or slurp up a chocolate milkshake (topped with creamy, freshly whipped cream) that transports you to your happy place in seconds flat? Or offer your child pasture-raised chicken “lollipops” with honey mustard? See what I mean? You can read the full menu here.
We’ve been going a good deal since they opened. In addition to delectable eats that are served quickly at open, communal seating, the place has a comfort and informality to it that invites easy dining. I’ve met friends there to celebrate one of their birthdays, stopped in with my sister when she was visiting last month, and popped in with Glenn and Huxley for meal that meets all of our culinary preferences, and then some. There’s even an indoor bocce ball court, that, when no one is using it, makes for a perfect setting for 2 1/2 year-olds with energy to burn to run free in.
You’re crushing a little bit too now, aren’t you? It’s alright. I’m not jealous. We’re not exclusive, me and Farm Burger. I’m happy to share.