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A Taste of St. Croix and the V.I. Agriculture Department hope to boost the local hospitality industry through a new program, Farm-to-Table.

In the Farm-to-Table program, restaurants will create and offer to customers a number of new dishes made from ingredients supplied by local farms around the island, and A Taste of St. Croix will promote the participating restaurants so that residents of REAL ESTATE ST CROIX may enjoy it.

The Agricultural Department started the program with a Farmer’s Day on Aug. 9 at the Agricultural Fairgrounds, and that gave farms a chance to showcase their produce and build partnerships with restauranteurs.

Audrey Browne, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department, said buying and eating fresh food from local farms is just one of the benefits of buying local. She said the farms plant and harvest their crops based on the demand that exists, and if the demand grows, they can produce more.

Katherine Pugliese, A Taste of St. Croix organizer said, “We think it is more important than ever to come together and build partnerships that will connect the resources we have here in the Virgin Islands,” she said. “We hope that locals and visitors alike will visit farms and restaurants through Farm-to-Table and support our island.”