East Texas restaurant boasts farm to table experience

East Texas restaurant boasts farm to table experience
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - The farm to table experience is increasing in popularity with one restaurant bringing the experience to Deep East Texas.

Larry Bruce Gardens, just 10 miles East of Crockett is stocked full of fruits and vegetables like any other garden, but it's how they're used that makes this place unique.

"It's farm to table and that's pretty rare for anywhere actually. It's not the first time it's been done but it's unusual from that standpoint," said Larry Bruce, owner of Larry Bruce Gardens.

Unusual because most of what's served inside the restaurant was grown right in the back yard on the seven acres of irrigated land.

The restaurant has been around since 2008, right around the time both the ceremony and Bruce's business took a turn for the worst.

"Our phones quit ringing so we thought we better learn how to grow our own food," Bruce said.

For Beverly Giorgio, it's an exciting experience.

"Just wonderful. We come for the fellowship and we stay for the marvelous buffet that is scrumptious and unbelievable," said Beverly Giorgio.

But Bruce's work starts long before the meals are prepped.

""I've been a pastor for over 20 years now," said Bruce.

Which means each Sunday before heading to the buffet line, guests are welcomed to attend morning worship.

"It just worked out that I just do it here at the farm because I don't really have time to be anywhere else," Bruce said.

And as for yet another unique touch?

"We meet in the middle of the garden, in the middle of the Davy Crockett National Forest and it's lovely, just lovely. You have to drive in through the forest to get here," said Giorgio.

Even the canned goods are USDA certified, all stamped with the 'Larry Bruce Gardens' seal of approval.

Due to growing crowds each week, Bruce said he's planning to expand the restaurant's dining room. Those renovations are expected to be completed sometime this October.

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