NEW YORK — Fresh&co, a fast-casual restaurant chain with 15 locations in Manhattan, has a bought a 35-acre farm in Orient, NY on the North Fork shore of Long Island. The farm is now known as fresh&co farms which 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 Fresh&co’s New York City restaurant locations.
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.