Almost a year ago, Farm-Haus was launched in the heart of Orlando with one goal in mind. Bringing nutritious food to people in a convenient manner that remedied the fast food, drive-thru lifestyle we all succumb to during our hectic work week. This was a convenience that owners Brittany and Patrick felt was missing in their own active lives as a busy couple that wanted easier access to good food. That coupled with a desire to have this not only for themselves but for others sparked their conceptualization back in March of 2014 and soon after Farm-Haus was born.
Their home base is currently in the East End Market, where fresh meals are prepared during the week and then delivered to local residents. I got to spend a few hours with their chefs, Julian Degarden and Angel Vergara, while I watched them methodically divide and conquer the process of cooking meals for 80 customers from scratch. The kitchen at the East End market carried an aroma of spices and herbs from the roasted chicken and the comforting scent of freshly baked biscuits.Every week menus are posted on their website, through social media channels, and emailed to their loyal followers, affectionately known as "Farm-Hausers." Local ingredients are identified as well as any allergens so consumers know exactly what is in the meal they are buying. Adding a small indulgence they certainly haven't forgotten about my favorite course, dessert. Farm-Haus partners with Buttermilk Bakery to provide some of my favorite baked goods in the city.
Since their launch, the business has taken off, even allowing them to expand their delivery radius to reach more hungry locals. I’ve used the service myself and it’s seamless. I purchased my meals on my smart phone, they were delivered to my doorstep, and after a long day of work I exerted no energy beyond popping open the recycled lid and enjoying my meal.
There is no need to feel left out if you don't live in the delivery radius, you still have the option of picking up your meal from the East End Market at the Local Roots Bar.
What’s most impressive besides the convenience and ease of this nourishing enterprise is that Farm-Haus has been able to bridge the gap between the farmer and the consumer and shed light to the public that even here in Central Florida we have a rich harvest of crops at our disposal, and there isn’t any reason why we shouldn’t be able to enjoy them at our own dinner table. They are committed to include at least one local ingredient per dish, which defined by them means within 150 miles.
Most recently they started working with Bramble Tree Estates located in Sorrento, Florida who recently started harvesting their first crops. It’s clear that this is more than a business venture for this couple but a true passion to enhance the food system locally.
“We're seeing a trend of whole, high-quality and locally sourced food restaurants begin to take root here in Orlando, and we're thrilled to be a part of that movement," stated co-owner Brittany.
"We believe that farm-to-table is more than just a trend, it's a lifestyle of knowing where your food comes from, how it was made and how that impacts your body and your health. It's about elevating the food system as a whole, little by little, and creating a new standard for the way we eat as a country."
Farm-Haus continues to evolve as a new business and as of February 1st it will be introducing some helpful changes for it's customers.
Ordering pizza for that quiet Friday night in can be a thing of the past as Farm-Haus is adding Friday deliveries to their regular schedule.
Deliveries will start earlier at 5 p.m. and the arrival windows will be shortened from one hour to thirty-minutes for a more controlled and efficient experience.
In addition to that, customers will now be able to track their order as it makes its way to their home. Customers will receive a text notifying them that their order is on its way with an ETA along with a link that allows them to track the driver. If they aren’t home they can text back with instructions of where to leave their package.
“This year is all about perfecting our processes and growing," said Patrick. "We constantly encourage our customers to give us their feedback. At the end of the day, Farm-Haus is their business and it's our job to continue to serve them well."
It’s clear that this food-loving couple have a calling to work together on this project of shared passions. It’s a collaborative effort where they bring their strengths to the figurative and literal table admitting the company could not have grown without their effort as equal partners.
"Good food, convenience and community are the three pillars of what we do," stated Brittany. "We strongly feel that this exactly where we're supposed to be. This is our passion. We can't wait to share what's in store for Farm-Haus in 2016."
Images by Kristine Young @kristineyoungin