A lot of people are looking for easy ways to “go green.” They may not be ready to take the full plunge and change every part of their lives. If this is you, then consider trying out some local restaurants that are conscious about where their food comes from. This is a great way to get your “green” ball rolling. All you have to do is try tasty new eateries, but you will be making a difference. Many restaurants that are “going green” will operate the business using things like wind-powered electricity, natural lighting or LED lighting, recycled products, flooring and tables made from items like fast-growing bamboo instead of wood, etc. But, some restaurants merely focus on where they get their food. Even if you are not ready to go full vegan, you can be conscious about what types of chemicals or additives are in your daily meals. Here are a few choices in the Baltimore area that stock naturally raised food and support local farmers with all-natural, organic menus.

The Flying Avocado Café
10210 S. Dolfield Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(443) 471-2600

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The Flying Avocado specializes in organic breakfast or light lunch using locally farmed produce and free-range eggs. The lunch menu consists of homemade dishes and wraps, rosemary lamb and blackened chicken stuffed with brie and honey. The Baltimore Sun calls this little restaurant “a thoroughly fun place to eat”. Come try the organic salads, coffees, teas and desserts. Most people will enjoy their meal for $12 or less. The Flying Avocado likes to brag that you will not only get a great, healthy meal at a great price, but you will also leave feeling great, with a lot more energy. See if it is right after you stop in for a taste.

Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Road #126
Baltimore, MD 21211

(410) 464-8000

Woodberry Kitchen focuses on local ingredients. It fills its menu with items it gets from local, organic farmers. Woodberry Kitchen even gets its flour locally and cures its own organic meats. Woodberry has a large menu with items for the average patron, vegetarians and those wanting gluten-free meals. Part of the menu even focuses on local staples like Chesapeake oysters and crab dishes. Some dishes are priced high, which is normal in the local, organic, sustainable industry. The food and the local sourcing get rave reviews. Give this one a try.

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One World Café
100 W. University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 235-5777

Located right next to John Hopkins University, One World Café serves all-day breakfast and lunch. This environmentally and socially conscious restaurant features a menu that includes many organic and vegan dishes like tofu breakfast burritos, fish and eggs, salmon wraps and vegetarian omelets. It even has vegan meatball subs. Since it is located right next to a major college, the prices are also pretty reasonable. For those looking to make a slow transition to “green” eating, this may be biting off a little more than you can chew. The menu is entirely vegetarian and vegan, with fish as the only “meat” option. If you are in this part of Baltimore and want to try some truly vegetarian or vegan dishes, give One World Café a try.

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Tom Clocker is a freelance writer covering all things Baltimore. His work can be found on Examiner.com.