SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Restaurant gardens are springing up all over the country, thanks to the surging interest in local, sustainable and super-fresh produce. The use of EarthBox container gardens (www.earthbox.com) in particular have allowed restaurant owners to grow produce in unlikely places, including rooftops, patios and parking lots.
Renowned Chef Rick Bayless grows tomatoes, chili peppers and herbs on the rooftop of his restaurants, Frontera Grill, XOCO and Topolobampo, located in a 4-story building north of downtown Chicago on Clark Street. The 60 EarthBoxes in this restaurant garden overflow with fresh produce used in salsa, guacamole, sauces and garnishes.
Garden Manager Bill Shores explains why they went with Earthbox's sub-irrigated planters: "What we like best about EarthBoxes is the straightforward set-up and good trellising system. The boxes have been stored outside for five years and are still in good shape."
As a vegan restaurant, Scranton, PA's Eden-A Vegan Cafe showcases locally grown produce. For fresh herbs, their chefs need go no further than the EarthBoxes conveniently located on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
Hale Holistic Studio, a San Diego fitness center, serves freshly harvested EarthBox produce in the form organic green smoothies made for clients. Personal trainer Kirk Hensler remarks, "I like to provide people with food that is alive and packed with nutrients, so I usually make smoothies the day I harvest. I think clients can feel the health and vitality of the food, which is especially rewarding after a nice yoga or martial arts practice."
Hale started their EarthBox rooftop garden a year ago, and now grows spinach, kale, rainbow chard, and strawberries, among many other things.
Thanks to container gardening on rooftops and sidewalks, even chefs in urban areas can start their own restaurant gardens to supply patrons with fresh, just-picked flavor. Local food can't get much more local than that!
The patented EarthBox was introduced in 1994 after a decade of research by commercial farmers looking for a maintenance-free way to grow in ideal conditions. Since then, the EarthBox has been used in home gardens, commercial farms, schools and restaurants around the world. More information is available at www.earthbox.com.
Frank DiPaolo, General Manager