The team behind Farm Fresh Fast has launched another new concept that honors local producers and local consumers by providing fast, healthy, tasty and local food. Seedlings, which will be a café located at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, will be run by Jonathan Willis, owner and operator of Farm Fresh Fast, and will offer an interactive dining experience for children and their parents.
The café is slated to open in January 2018 on the ground floor of the museum, located at 300 College St., Greenville.
Seedlings will allow kids to choose what they want to eat from specially designed stations that will provide information about where the food came from and how it was made. Another station will also let kids scan and pay for their food items.
“We wanted to create something new and innovative that teaches children more about local farms and food and there was no one better to partner with than Jonathan at Farm Fresh Fast,” TCMU CEO and president, Nancy Halverson, said in a statement. “With our background as educators of children and his relationships with area farmers, partnering together was a natural fit.”
The new restaurant will also host kid-friendly cooking classes and special hands on events with local farmers. Plans also call for an outdoor gardening space as well.
The farm connection is a founding principle of Farm Fresh Fast. The restaurant sources almost exclusively from local producers.
“Our whole goal is we wanted to take the small sustainable family farms and turn them into for profit farms,” Willis told GreenvilleOnline shortly after opening in May.
Since then, Farm Fresh Fast has helped invest over $30,000 into area farms, something Willis calls “extremely rewarding.
“Families love TCMU, and creating a restaurant with educational aspects of local food and farmers is more than a dream come true,” Willi said.