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Produce Alliance Partners With Hydroponic Grower, Restaurant Group

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Produce Alliance has formed a partnership with East Coast restaurant group, Legal Sea Foods, and Little Leaf Farms, a Boston-based hydroponic grower. Little Leaf Farms is known for its lettuce’s signature “curl” and fresh, crispy flavor.

“From protein to produce, sourcing local ingredients for our dishes has always been hugely important to Legal Sea Foods. We’re proud to support a fellow New England-based business committed to outstanding quality by partnering with Little Leaf Farms for our lettuce needs,” said Matt King, chief culinary officer at PPX Hospitality Brands.

Little Leaf Farms’ signature lettuce is sustainable, pesticide-free and travels fewer than 80 miles to the restaurant within 24 hours of being harvested. Due to the minimized travel time and controlled growing environment, Little Leaf Farms’ greens stay fresh for two or more weeks when properly refrigerated.

Little Leaf Farms’ greenhouse is fully automated, and its lettuce never encounters human hands during the growing and harvesting process. Little Leaf Farms has built at modern, technologically advanced greenhouse and recently completed the third phase of its 10-acre glass structure in 2020. The company primarily relies on natural sunlight to grow its greens, supplemented by efficient LED growing lights that use 40 percent less electricity than conventional grow lights.

Legal Sea Foods restaurant group features greens from Little Leaf Farms in dishes such as its House Salad, Classic Caesar Salad and in the Fennel Apple Salad accompaniment to its Signature Crab Cake starter. Now staple ingredients on the Legal Sea Foods menu, the lettuce provides a flavorful and crisp base to each blended salad.

From its adherence to a pier-to-plate process for sourcing seafood to choosing a produce purveyor with sustainable growing practices, Legal Sea Foods continues to demonstrate a deep dedication to providing guests with the freshest meals possible.

“Little Leaf Farms is thrilled to partner with Legal Sea Foods and become their official local lettuce supplier. As a Massachusetts-based company, we believe we are a perfect fit for their vision to procure local produce. We’re proud that our innovative approach allows us to supply restaurants like Legal Sea Foods with fresh, clean and crispy greens and we can’t wait for their customers to try our lettuce,” said Chris Sellew, sales manager at Little Leaf Farms.

Produce Alliance has been expanding its offerings to now provide grab-and-go, grocery items, dairy, eggs and beyond to simplify their clients’ produce and foodservice management while reducing the carbon footprint.

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