If you have been to the new Dockery's restaurant on Daniel Island over the last week, you may have noticed large white shipping containers sitting outside the building.
These shipping containers, which are operated by local sustainable farming company Vertical Roots, are not what they seem. Inside the structures are panels filled with fresh leafy greens grown using an automated aeroponic farming system.
In partnership with Dockery's and sister Summerville company Tiger Corner Farms, which repurposes the shipping containers and builds the aeroponic farming systems, Vertical Roots has set up shop in the heart of downtown Daniel Island to give residents a true "farm-to-table" experience.
The average head of lettuce found in a grocery store travels up to 2,500 miles before it reaches its destination, explained Vertical Roots General Manager Andrew Hare, but with the one-of-a-kind partnership between Vertical Roots and Dockery's, the produce will be harvested just hours before hitting the plate.
"What we always say is, 'Know your food. Know your farmer,'" said Hare. "If you look at statistics, the average head of lettuce and most produce travels anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 miles. You don't know where it came from. You don't know what kind of chemicals have been sprayed on it or how they harvested and kept it looking good until it's getting to your plate a couple weeks later. With this partnership, the chefs are able to walk across the patio here and pull out what they need for the day."Read the Full Article
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