Phresh Out the Farm

A guide to local farmers' produce for chefs and restaurant owners in New York
Producer Guide Mar 05, 2020 Giovanni Giorgi
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Seasonal products for chefs in NY: from freshly harvested heirloom tomatoes to purple basil or fancy microgreens, we want to offer you a glimpse of what your local harvest looks like this season.

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next menu and bring local producers and food communities together. In case you needed to get to know more about NY seasonal and local products, here is what you might be looking for to boost your restaurant menu with healthy and delicious greens. Through our selection of local farmers in New York, you will find all kinds of produce including fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, baby greens, microgreens, and sprouts that are available for your restaurant. Our list gathers producers whose work focuses on sustainability, innovation, and quality to bring you the best fresh produce and take your menu to the next level.

Pea microgreens

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Photo via Finest Foods NY

Packed with concentrated nutrients and delicious flavors, Finest Foods NY's pea microgreens are grown and served with the aim of improving the health of your community. Thanks to their high beta-carotene content, pea microgreens are beneficial to our body as this nutrient is converted into vitamins and functions as an important building block. Locally grown in Hungtington, NY these living foods are a perfect option when used raw for topping any recipe, as a base for sauces and marinades, or when stir-fried to highlight their sweet taste.

Bull's blood beet microgreens

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Photo via Tongore Brook Farm

Amongst Tongore Brook Farm microgreens and shoots, their bull's blood beet microgreens are a perfect addition of color and texture to any recipe. USDA Certified Organic, these microgreens are sun-grown and irrigated in purified rainwater. With a taste in between beets and spinach, Tongore Brook Farm bull's blood beet microgreens are crunchy and, at the same time, juicy- like beetroots, they can bleed into the plate and they have a sweet flavor.

Wheatgrass

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Photo via Perfect Foods

Grown in organic and living soil in a controlled environment, Perfect Foods wheatgrass is just the right option for juicing bold and flavorful drinks with optimized nutritional benefits and health properties- such as stimulating digestion, increase energy levels, or improving skin appearance. Fresh wheatgrass juice has a strong leafy taste and an earthy and slightly pungent aftertaste. As not all juicers work well with wheatgrass, Perfect Food also developed a line of specialized machines for leafy greens.

Purple basil

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With their coppery glow, clove-like, and slightly spicy flavor, purple basil leaves are perfect to be used in many recipes including pesto, preserve oils, or as a garnish. This attractive basil variety's color is due to the higher quantity of anthocyanin produced. Like green basil, purple basil contains vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting and aids in bone strength. Used medicinally for its antioxidants and antibacterial properties, basil oil provides an immune system boost and it also combats aging and skin ailments. Rock Steady Farm & Flowers is a women-and-queer-owned cooperative farm, rooted in social justice, growing sustainable vegetables, flowers and herbs in Millerton, NY. They practice holistic and regenerative agriculture, which takes care of the land and yields the fresh, delicious produce they're known for. In addition, Rock Steady's food access initiative provides produce to low-income community members, including seniors, families with young children, and people living with serious health concerns.

Heirloom Indian vegetables

Gopal Farm

Photo via Gopal Farm

Gopal Farm heirloom Indian specialty vegetables, spices, and Ayurvedic herbs are grown from seeds harvested from different regions of India, including the foothills of the Himalayas. This produce thus retains the distinctive aromas, flavors, and health attributes for which Indian herbs, vegetables, and spices are renowned worldwide, preserving at the same time the tradition of those ancient varieties that are becoming obsolete even in India. In Sanskrit (go = cows, pal = friend) "Gopal Farm" means "Friendly Cow Farm". This 90-acre farm in New Paltz, NY in the Hudson Valley focuses on growing heirloom Indian vegetables and Ayurvedic herbs, amongst other products. Their holistic Complete (Isha-vasya) farming method encompasses most non-conventional and emerging systems of agriculture including regenerative, organic, permaculture, and biodynamic, drawing inspiration from the ancient holistic wisdom of Indian Vedic Sanskrit texts, dating back to the second millennia BC.

Native American corn

Spice Of Life

Photo via Spice of Life Farm

Spice of Life Farm is a family-run herb and vegetable farm located in the abundant Finger Lakes region of New York, 15 minutes from the shores of beautiful Seneca Lake and 30 minutes from downtown Ithaca. Growing since 2005, the farm is now in its 14th season with 3 acres in cultivation. Spice of Life farmers take great pride in growing the highest quality and organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs, both wild and cultivated. Amongst their great variety of fresh produce, Spice of Life Farm offers blue Hopi dry corn, a traditional variety of this crop adapting perfectly to drought soils and that is versatile for many different preparations. Similar to yellow corn for the starch content, this crop contains anthocyanin, a water-soluble pigment that is responsible for the blue color.

Gourmet Mushrooms

Bristol Mushrooms

Photo via Bristol Mushrooms

Lion's Mane mushrooms are only a few of the USDA 100% organic and USDA GAP certified gourmet products offered by Bristol Mushrooms. Fresh and health-boosting, these mushrooms are grown without the use of sprays or pesticides. Amongst the health benefits derived from this mushroom species, it is possible to highlight the growth stimulation and regeneration of brain cells, which help improve memory and work against several diseases. Producer of specialty mushrooms in the rolling hills of Finger Lakes, Bristol Mushrooms grow gourmet mushrooms indoors throughout the year for both local markets and for shipping in restaurants when in stock. Their offering can change weekly.

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