The Route 1 corridor’s rapidly growing community of farmers, roasters, brewers and distillers are working together in some surprising ways.
In recent years, a number of interesting artisanal businesses have started up locally, a sign of a healthy, dynamic community.
But the cooperative efforts that they’re engaging in are an even better sign.
The latest example: Mount Rainier’s New Brooklyn Farms has launched a “farmer in residence” with Stephanie Freeman to grow produce for Relish Market inside the Savor at Studio 3807 food hall just up the street in Brentwood, slated to open in the coming months.
Doug Adams bought some land next to his childhood home in the heart of Mount Rainier and began growing food in container gardens. As part of New Brooklyn Farms, he is building a 30-foot-by-48-foot high tunnel hoophouse from scratch on the site in order to grow a select variety of rare and specialty herbs, peppers, greens, and flowers. That’s in addition to what he’s already growing: lemon thyme, microgreens and a rare Trinidadian pimento pepper.
The urban farm, which is slated to officially open soon, is also partnering with College Park’s Numi Yoga studio to host a “Yoga @ the Park” event on Sept. 30 in a green event space area of the farm, with yoga followed by a tasting of craft beverage featuring lemon thyme grown at the farm.
And New Brooklyn Farms is just one example of this cooperative effort taking place along the Route 1 corridor.
And that’s not to mention the local businesses selling food from Shortcake Bakery or getting furniture from Community Forklift and Tanglewood Works, or the close relationships between Tanglewood, Cookie Wear and Suffragette City.
It’s great that Route 1 has so many interesting artisanal businesses, but it’s even better that they’re working so well together.
If you want to follow the progress of New Brooklyn Farms, check out their active Instagram page.