Dartcor Takes Flight with AeroFarms
The continued search for high quality, local and sustainable ingredients brought us to our most innovative farm yet. It wasn’t a long drive to rural New Jersey, there was no flannel, no straw hats, not even a bit of dirt. In it’s place we found ourselves in the city, with designer clothes, hair nets and brick, Newark, New Jersey. Home of AeroFarms, the top aeroponic producer in the world.
AeroFarms is the commercial leader in indoor farming. They grow without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment. They have optimized their aeroponic growing system for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, superior food safety and less environmental impact.
From the moment we set foot in the “farm” our team was wowed. It was everything you’d want from a farm – climate controlled, clean, and pesticide free. Alina Zolotareva took us on the tour and answered every question we had with a tremendous knowledge and passion, and we had questions. It’s impossible to not have questions, it’s science, agriculture, local, sustainable all in one.
After the tour we headed up for a tasting of greens. It was so simple yet so elegant. The greens spoke for themselves, crisp yet tender and packed with so much flavor that I could see myself grabbing a bag of greens before watching my next movie. Marc Oshima took us through the vision of what’s next for AeroFarms along with a tour of their amazing new headquarters.
AeroFarms left us hungry for more – more greens, more information, and more driven to utilize these greens back in our cafes. For the month of July, Dartcor Food Services has featured AeroFarms Harvest Blend in all 35 of our accounts. With a shared passion for “great tasting food and sharing it with the world,” we’re excited to see what the future holds in store for Dartcor and AeroFarms.