Oct 27, 2023
Ark Foods enjoys first harvest at a new Long Island R&D greenhouse

Ark Foods has announced that it has begun its first harvests at a new Eastern Long Island R&D greenhouse. In terms of specialty crops, Ark Foods recognizes the potential of greenhouse farming in revolutionizing agriculture.

Located in the North Fork region of Long Island, this cutting-edge facility combines the controlled environment of greenhouse production with Ark Foods’ vertically integrated, seed-to-plate business. The company is optimistic that it can succeed in bringing high-quality, exploratory new vegetable varieties to consumer plates at affordable prices.Ark Foods greenhouse

“Our mission at Ark Foods has always centered around a deep dedication to farming, and part of that commitment extends into the curiosity of exploring beyond conventional growing practices,” Noah Robbins, CEO and Founder of Ark Foods, said. “The art of farming involves experimentation, which is key to diversifying the traditional farming models found in big outdoor agriculture. We are drawn to both the sustainability benefits of indoor ag and the canvas it offers us to grow awesome new varieties of veggies.”

In trials

Among the first vegetables to trial is the Habanada pepper from Michael Mazourek, professor at Cornell University,  that captured the floral aromatic taste of a Habanero pepper but removed all the heat.

Ark Foods is trialing select heirloom cherry tomato varieties for possible inclusion into its Mini Heirloom medley products.

“The allure of a controlled environment lies in its untapped potential and the platform it provides for experimenting with new technologies and sustainable farming practices,” Robbins said.

Varieties trialed

The company has also trialed other novel vegetable varieties at the facility. One of which is the Cucamelon, a snackable cucumber the size of an almond, and Aji Dulce peppers, known for its sweet and fruity taste.

Noah Robbins, Ark Foods“Our commitment to research and development knows no bounds,” Robbins said. “We are on a relentless pursuit to bring new flavors that will captivate consumers and bring joy to their meals. We are driven by a mission of accessibility, ensuring everyone can savor and enjoy these exceptional vegetables at an affordable price point.”

For more information, visit arkfoods.com.

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