Introduction In the ever-evolving world of gastronomy, staying ahead of the curve isn't just an advantage—it's a necessity. As a restaurant owner, you're not just serving food; you're providing an experience, crafting a narrative, and catering to the increasingly discerning tastes of your customers. But have you considered the impact a Tower Farm could have on your business? As both an expert in installing Tower Farms across the U.K. and EU, as well as having operated a 120 cover restaurant for ten years, Seedleaves has seen firsthand how these innovative systems revolutionise the restaurant industry. Let's delve into why tower farming is a game-changer for your restaurant.
The Power of Locally Sourced Produce As an installer of Tower Farms for various clients across the U.k. and EU, we can vouch for the fact that Restaurants need a Tower Farm. For restaurants, a Tower Farm isn't just an aesthetic feature; it's a potent symbol of your commitment to freshness, sustainability, and innovation. Picture this: your diners watching as your chef handpicks herbs or veggies from your indoor Tower Farm, the promise of farm-to-table dining fulfilled right before their eyes. That's a dining experience they won't forget in a hurry!
Why a Tower Farm Works for Restaurants
Tower Farms work exceptionally well for restaurants due to several factors:
Freshness and Quality: With a Tower Farm, your ingredients are grown onsite, ensuring the utmost freshness and quality. Your customers will taste the difference.
Sustainability: Consumers are increasingly aware of sustainability. With a Tower Farm, you significantly reduce your carbon footprint, which resonates with eco-conscious diners.
Cost Savings: Growing your ingredients reduces reliance on external suppliers, saving you money in the long run.
Visual Appeal: A Tower Farm is not just functional but also visually striking, adding to the ambiance of your restaurant.
Let's explore these benefits in more detail.
A Taste of Freshness: Tower Farms and Quality Produce
When you run a restaurant, quality is king. The ingredients you use are the building blocks of the culinary masterpieces you create. But what if those ingredients could be fresher? What if you could ensure that the salad your customers enjoy was picked just minutes before it was served? With a Tower Farm, this isn't a pipe dream—it's a reality.
Sustainability and Ethical Dining: How Tower Farms Help
Nowadays, diners don't just care about how their food tastes—they also care about its impact on the planet. By installing a Tower Farm in your restaurant, you're not only improving the freshness and quality of your ingredients, but you're also making a strong statement about your commitment to sustainable practices.
Cutting Costs with Tower Farms
At first glance, setting up a Tower Farm might seem like a significant expense. However, when you consider the potential savings in terms of reduced purchasing costs, lower waste, and potential tax benefits associated with sustainable practices, the investment starts to make a lot of sense. For example it costs about 25p to grow a head of lettuce with your own tower farm, that includes all costs including labour. Now extrapolate that out to multiple other crops over the year and it adds up quickly.
Adding Aesthetic Appeal with a Tower Farm
Beyond their practical benefits, Tower Farms also add a unique visual element to your restaurant. They're a living, breathing piece of functional decor that tells a story about your business.
Use Cases: Tower Farms in Action Of course, it's all well and good to talk about the theoretical benefits of installing a Tower Farm in your restaurant. But let's put theory into practice with some real-life use cases.
Applegarth Farm, Grayshott, UK
Applegarth has had it's own micro- farm for 4 years and has massively benefitted from the tower to table offering. A whole host of produce has been grown over the period From a consistent 2 towers of lettuce, producing 30 heads a week to fruiting crops such as aubergine, courgettes, peas, tomatoes. Edible flowers are abundant all summer, 4 different types are grown and look stunning on a plate. Free stunning! Then 2 towers of herbs provide all the needs for both the restaurant and the food retail shop.
Bell Book & Candle, New York, New York At Bell Book & Candle in the heart of New York, the concept of farm-to-table dining has been elevated to a whole new level. This restaurant uses a full-blown Tower Farm to supply its kitchen, bringing a hyper-local flair to the food they serve. The fresh ingredients grown in their Tower Farm have become a major selling point, enhancing the quality of their dishes and helping them stand out from the crowd.
Gather, located in Omaha, is a pioneering restaurant that is not just providing delicious food but also contributing to a sustainable future. They have taken a significant stride towards sustainability by housing Omaha's first and only urban vertical farm, known as Gather Urban Farm, inside their premises. This farm, set up in a converted room under controlled lighting conditions, is a shining example of innovative indoor farming. The farm grows a wide variety of
hyperlocal greens ranging from arugula to watercress, thereby enabling Gather to offer the freshest farm-to-table produce. This unique dining experience, coupled with the sight of greens being grown and used within
the restaurant, makes Gather a destination for those seeking an authentic, fresh, and environmentally conscious culinary experience
The Steps to Installing a Tower Farm in Your Restaurant
So, you're convinced that a Tower Farm could be a great addition to your restaurant. But where do you start? Let's walk you through the steps.
Step 1: Assess Your Needs and Space
The first step in installing a Tower Farm is to assess your needs and the available space. How much produce do you need? What kind of crops do you want to grow? Do you have enough space indoors, or will you need to consider an outdoor setup?
Step 2: Choose the Right Tower Farm System
Talk to seedleaves.com in regards to getting the system that works for you. There are two different types of tower, one for micro leaf and one for whole head. It's all very easy, let us guide you through the process.
Step 3: Installation
Once you've selected the right Tower Farm system for your restaurant, the next step is installation. This process isn't difficult- the beauty of using this system over others. We can build it for you or you can install it if it's a micro farm.
Step 4: Maintenance and Care
After your Tower Farm is up and running, it's essential to maintain and care for it properly. This includes tasks like feeding and watering your plants, monitoring their health, and harvesting them at the right time.
FAQs About Tower Farms in Restaurants
1. How much space do I need for a Tower Farm in my restaurant?
The beauty of Tower Farms is their flexibility. They can be adapted to fit almost any space—large or small, indoors or outdoors. Roughly though- allow 2m squared for every tower. This allows for your seeding area and pathways.
2. What types of plants can I grow in a Tower Farm?
You can grow a wide variety of plants in a Tower Farm, including herbs, leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. The specific types of plants you can grow will depend on your local climate and whether you're indoors or out.
3. How much does it cost to install a Tower Farm in a restaurant?
The cost of installing a Tower Farm in a restaurant can vary depending on a range of factors, including the size of the farm, the specific system you choose, and the cost of installation. Essentially though, budget for £700 per tower. This will then include the automatic dosing system, seeds, substrates - basically turnkey.
4. How much time does it take to maintain a Tower Farm?
While Tower Farms are designed to be relatively low-maintenance, they do require some care. This includes, planting seedlings, monitoring plant health and harvesting produce. Producing seedlings can be included into your kitchens Mis en Place, just like the chefs prepare ingredients for a dish. You're not using soil, so they can do it directly in the kitchen.
5. Is it economically viable to have a Tower Farm in a restaurant?
Absolutely. Although there's an initial investment involved in setting up a Tower Farm, it can lead to significant cost savings in the long term. You'll save on buying produce, reduce food waste, and may even benefit from tax incentives related to sustainable practices. Plus, having a Tower Farm can attract more customers, further boosting your revenue.
6. Can I grow enough produce in a Tower Farm to supply my restaurant?
Yes, Tower Farms are highly efficient and can produce a surprising amount of food. The exact amount will depend on the size of your farm and the types of plants you choose to grow.
Conclusion: The Future of Dining is Growing in Your Restaurant In the end, the choice to install a Tower Farm in your restaurant isn't just about fresh ingredients or cost savings—though those are fantastic benefits. It's about positioning your restaurant for the future. It's about aligning your business with the growing trends of local sourcing, sustainability, and experiential dining. It's about taking control of your supply chain and offering something genuinely unique to your customers. With a Tower Farm, you're not just growing plants. You're growing your brand, your reputation, and your business. So why wait? It's time to plant the seeds of your restaurant's future success.