Reprinted from goinglocal-info.com -- April 07, 2010
At Good Life Farms, Darin and Deb are challenging the conventional wisdom that you need some ground to grow great produce. Born out of Darin's curiosity and an experiment in their basement where he successfully grew lettuce hydroponically in a Rubbermaid tote, the enterprising young couple's business is thriving. In 2010, they tripled their production of lettuces, basil, arugula, Swiss chard, spinach, and Chinese cabbage to meet the continued and current demand of their customers which include the general public and several restaurant chefs.
"We're replacing the field grown lettuces, basil and chinese cabbages with hydroponically grown ones for several reasons-quality, time to market, and space. With hydroponics we use 1/4 of the nutrients, 1/10 of the water, and 1/8 of the field space we would have to use to grow the same amount of produce in a field." Darin told me recently. "It was the best way to grow our business and our customers love the product."
I can tell you from personal experience that their product is outstanding. I purchased some basil from them almost 2 weeks ago and it's still fresh!
In addition to the lettuce, which is their main specialty crop, Darin and Deb also grow over 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits on their farm, and everything is planted and harvested by hand. This year they will plant 1,500 tomato plants--up from the 1,000 they planted in 2009.
Good Life Farms' produce can be found at the Indy Winter Farmers' Market, Bloomington Farmers' Market, the Carmel Farmers' Market, and the Indianapolis Farmers' Market. Their lettuce blend, along with a variety of other seasonal vegetables and fruits, is served at Sycamore Farm Bed & Breakfast / Restaurant in Terre Haute, and Locally Grown Gardens, Goose the Market, R Bistro, Euphoria, and The Oceanaire in Indianapolis. Good Life Farms also supplies produce to Farm Bloomington restaurant and Restaurant Tallent, in Bloomington.
GOOD LIFE FARMS
Terre Haute & Eminence, IN