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Buy and fly – on offer will be local New York State produce.
AFTER San Francisco and Chicago, New York’s JFK Airport is the latest hub to host a farmer’s market in an effort to tout locally grown products.
At the end of the month, low-cost airline JetBlue plans to set up a pop-up market that will feature farm-fresh produce from the fall harvest like pumpkins, apples and corn.
In collaboration with non-profit outfit GrowNYC, farmers will turn JFK’s Terminal 5 into an indoor market for busy travellers and passers-by, allowing visitors to buy local New York State produce as a gift or for dinner that night.
Perhaps the best example of farm-to-table-airport dining can be found at Chicago O’Hare, which became the first airport in the world to install an aeroponic garden in 2011. Located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 3, the plants are suspended in 26 towers that house more than 1,100 plants.
Garden produce such as Swiss chard, sweet basil, coriander, dill, Bibb lettuce and green beans are harvested year-round and supply airport restaurants such as Tortas Frontera, Wolfgang Puck and Wicker Park Sushi.
Similarly, Napa Farms Market at the San Francisco Airport is an award-winning local retailer where visitors can buy fresh, sustainable products from local brands like Equator Coffee, Tyler Florence’s Rotisserie, and Acme Bakery. Earlier this year, the concept won the 2013 Best New Food & Beverage Concept at an industry event in Las Vegas. – AFP Relaxnews
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