In a world where microwave dinners that are filled with preservatives are often today's idea of a home cooked meal or a grab & go lunch, a steady supply of nutrient-rich food is fundamental for a healthy community. We understand that living a healthy, fit lifestyle isn't as easy as it sounds - and you should be confident in the food that is going into your body. This is notably important given the fact that food is a major contributor to how you think and feel, how much energy you have, and your overall happiness. Balancing work, exercise, a social life, and all of the other aspects of your busy life is difficult enough, and you should be spending your time doing the things that you love without having to worry about where your food is coming from.
We pride ourselves on curating healthy, sustainable meals with fresh-picked produce, and that's why we chose to partner with The Villages Grown. You may have seen their produce in stores like Publix and Earth Fare, especially if you're venturing to the organic section. What you may not know is that The Villages Grown harvests their produce right here in our community, and that produce is hand-picked and sent out the door within 2 to 48 hours. This ensures that the food they source maintains the nutrient dense qualities that you deserve. A hyper-local food system is incredibly important to your well-being and to our community, and The Villages Grown supplies produce so fresh that it's as if it's been plucked from the vine in your very own backyard.
Located in the heart of our community, The Villages Grown innovative growing complex encompasses controlled-environment agriculture greenhouses, and a state-of-the-art processing facility and delivery fleet. Serving as the hub, this complex ensures the quality, safety, and timely delivery of the nutrient-dense produce that is grown in their greenhouses and on their partner farms. They offer a variety of year-round and seasonal produce selections as well as local artisan specialties, and we will be adding that lineup to our menu with rotating dishes based on the time of year. A few of our carefully cultivated in-season recipes includes salmon cakes garnished with The Villages Grown’s cilantro, asian cabbage slaw salad, and nut-free pesto pasta with roasted veggies.
Jumping right back into what makes the produce from The Villages Grown so great - in addition to supplying delicious food that is locally grown, their greenhouses are also pesticide-free, utilize less land, and employ various resource-monitoring systems and processes. That means that you can enjoy produce that ripened on the vine, was picked at its peak freshness, is harvested 7 days a week, and is rich in nutrients without any pesticides or chemicals being used in the growing process. By incorporating that produce into our ready-to-eat meal kits, we can assure that the natural ingredients we use remain colorful and full of flavor.
The Villages Grown focuses not only on the health value of their produce, but also how to help the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. They heed that promise through innovative techniques, carefully timed harvesting schedules, and making sure that produce arrives quickly to consumers without losing its vital nutrients. And that is only the beginning - they also use sustainable practices and take the time to educate our community on how living vibrantly not only tastes delicious, but also creates a happy, healthy life for ourselves and the Earth. This community food system is designed to benefit not only the health of the residents here, but that of the environment and economy as well. It’s all about cultivating a vibrant community where people feel great and live life to the fullest.