NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2017 (PRNewswire) — fresh&co, New York's fast-casual restaurant concept for hungry Manhattanites, has acquired a working 35-acre farm that is now known as fresh&co farms. Fresh&co farms will grow produce and raise livestock with the goal of providing hyper-local seasonal fruits, vegetables and pasture-raised poultry and pork to all of its New York City restaurant locations. A true from farm to desk experience, fresh&co farms has hit the ground running with the 2017 growing season.
In addition to an apple orchard, fresh&co farms is currently growing broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, basil, corn, strawberries and brussels sprouts. All of the farm's produce and fruits are currently being served at all fresh&co locations across Manhattan. Fresh&co farms is also home to a herd of Kiko meat and dairy goats, heritage breed Tamworth pigs, and over 300 Ameraucana chickens as part of a pilot program.
Latham Farms on the North Fork of Long Island has been a long-time local partner growing fruits and vegetables (some exclusively) for the brand for over 5 years. A neighbor and close friend to fresh&co, Dan Latham of Latham Farms, will help supervise the agricultural operations at the brand's farm. From apples, tomatoes, zucchini to potatoes, basil and onions, fresh&co farms in partnership with Dan Latham will curate specific fruits and vegetables to meet culinary standards and supply the restaurants with the season's best offerings.
On top of the supply that will come from their own farm, fresh&co will continue their relationships with local partners and purveyors, including Long Island based Satur Farms, New York City's Beecher's Handmade Cheese, Red Jacket Orchards, Hepworth Farms, County Line Harvest, Bald Eagle Farms, FreeBird Chicken and Plainville Farms, among many others.
Since it's inception, fresh&co has sourced pure foods free from synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, pesticides and other additives from local farmers. From fruits and vegetables picked at their peak to humanely raised vegetarian-fed poultry, fresh&co believes in supporting local families who are committed to sustainable practices.
As a brand passionate about building a sense of community around food, fresh&co will continue to give back through events at the farm including, tours, dinners, cooking classes, culinary educational programs and a local food and wine festival. Each year, through the Tenedios Family Scholarship Fund, fresh&co supports New York City's only public culinary high school, Food and Finance High School, and will continue to enrich the lives of students by using its farm to educate, inspire, and mold the next generations of culinary leaders.
Founded in 2010 by NYC-based ST Management, fresh&co is a destination for chef-inspired, local and organic seasonal food that is both nutritious and delicious. With multiple locations throughout Manhattan, fresh&co prides itself on offering an array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options that are packed with flavor. From chef-designed salads and homemade soups, to fresh-made sandwiches, quinoa bowls and cold-pressed juices, fresh&co is the go-to spot for hungry New Yorkers who want a healthy meal—fast.