"We can bring the produce. We plant it. We harvest it. We deliver it to ourselves, so we can actually keep the costs down," owner Lenny Martinelli said.
The Martinellis own six restaurants and a catering business including the popular Boulder Dushanbe Tea House. Now, they own a three-acre farm where they grow their own crops, harvest eggs from their own chickens, and produce goat cheese from their own goats.
"If we didn't grow our own produce, we would not be able to offer that organic produce without raising those prices substantially," owner Sara Martinelli said.
They hired people like Chase Morris to run the organic farm which produces everything from kale, beets, peppers, tomatoes and zucchini.
"We've had chefs come out early trying to get the first pick of the harvest," Morris said.
When Lenny Martinelli is in the kitchen, he says he loves working with the freshest vegetables possible. The vegetables are about as old as the drive from the farm to the cutting board.
"All of the produce that we grow on the property goes straight to the restaurant," Lenny Martinelli said.
Not only had the Martinellis bought the farm, but they're also kicking the bucket - of compost. Martinelli cuts the stalk off some beets and places it in compost buckets to be taken back to the farm to help with the soil.
"It just in from the farm, so cut it right back, we take what's left and go right back to the farm," Lenny Martinelli said.
But, owning the farm does more than just support their business. The Martinellis say it gives them peace of mind.
"The farm has actually brought a lot of balance to my life," Lenny Martinelli said.
Morris says he's happy to be a part of a process taking food full circle.
"This is what I think we need to start making our movement towards," Morris said. "The restaurants, healthy food, good for you, kinda cared for the people that care about you."
Sara Martinelli says it just seems like the right thing to do.
"When you have a restaurant, it is very nurturing for people, you're feeding people is a big deal," Sara Martinelli said. "When you add this component, it just makes much more rewarding."
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