“Farm-to-table” is a phrase that can mean different things to different people. At its heart, however, “farm-to-table” means that the food on the table came directly from a specific farm, without going through a store, market, or distributor along the way.
In its purest, most honest form, “farm-to-table” means the table is actually at the farm and cooks or chefs prepare and serve the food at the farm (even in the field), as in Outstanding In the Field events.
These are often special meals or fundraisers planned as one-off events.
More commonly, the use of “farm-to-table” emphasizes a direct relationship between a farm and a restaurant. Rather than buying through distributor or food service, some restaurants establish relationships with farm and buy directly from them.