Delray Beach isn’t immune to the latest organic food trends. So it isn’t strange to learn you’ll soon be able to pick your veggies right off a garden tower in the lounge of the restaurant 50 Ocean.
The oceanfront seafood eatery, at 50 S. Ocean Blvd, recently placed three aerponic/hydropinc garden towers in the lounge. They’ll grow herbs, microgreens, lettuces, and spinach, among other fruits and vegetables, that will be used in menu items.
Aeroponics and hydroponics is the process of growing plants in an air and water environment without using soil.
“We first saw these systems over two years ago at a food show in Chicago and thought it would make an interesting educational tool for our guests,” said Mark DeAtley, 50 Ocean’s general manager. “They could interact with the plants and even pick fresh strawberries right off the vine.”
The indoor gardens tower, against the wall in the lounge area of the restaurant, each have a 2.5 foot by 2.5 foot base that can support up to 44 plants. They are watered with a nutrient rich mineral solution.
The towers won’t supply all of the veggies used at the restaurant, but the tower-to-table greens will be used in specials, cocktails and as garnishes.