Bowery Farming, which operates an indoor “vertical farm” on former Bethlehem Metal Corp. land, has launched two strawberry varieties.
Bowery, which says it’s the largest vertical-farming firm within the U.S., now sells a two-pack that includes the Backyard Berry (intense and zesty) and the Wild Berry, a softer, smaller berry with “gentle, floral taste.” The present value is about $30 per pound, primarily based on the $14.99 for an eight-ounce package deal in Tuesday’s firm assertion.
For now, the berries are solely accessible in New York Metropolis, the place the corporate is predicated, and solely at Eataly (the Flatiron and downtown places) and Mercado Little Spain, together with Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Jose Andres’ Lena and Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain. Cooks Colicchio and Andres have invested in Bowery.
Bowery strawberries can be accessible at different retail places later. The corporate’s shops embody Complete Meals Market, Large Meals, Wakefern, Albertsons and Walmart.
Bowery’s Bethlehem farm is in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII of Route 78. The corporate says indoor farming is a step towards producing meals for a rising world inhabitants by utilizing industrial area.
Crops are stacked from ground to ceiling, and LED lights mimic the solar. Crops embody lettuce, kale and cilantro. Bowery will use a robotic system for some farm duties.
Bowery has raised greater than $497 million from traders together with GGV Capital, Normal Catalyst and GV (previously Google Ventures) in accordance with its assertion.