If you’ve ever been to RTP, you know it’s a little city in and of itself. Not a big, bright city, more of just a city of office buildings and parking lots. That is, until you get to one particular parking lot off of Park Offices Drive. There you will see an old silver airstream surrounded by greenery and flowers. This is The Farmery, a new farm to table, fast casual, stationary food truck located in RTP. That seems like a lot of adjectives for one small little refurbished airstream, but its true. A lot of thought went into this concept, starting back in 2008 when creator Ben Greene was in design school at NC State. He wanted to find an industry that hadn’t yet been touched by design. Having grown up on a farm, the farming industry came to mind. Ben wanted to find a way to incorporate design into farming and bring fresher ingredients to consumers.
This is how The Farmery was born. The idea behind this concept is to grow food in the same space that the food is being sold, making the ingredients as fresh as they could possibly be. Currently, The Farmery grows greens, herbs, and mushrooms. In fact, if you visit them in RTP, you’ll see a small growing system stationed next to the airstream displaying herbs that are being grown to use in the menu items. The team also has a CropBox of growing crops using shipping containers and green house components. In addition to growing their own greens, herbs, and mushrooms, all other produce on the menu is sourced from local farms.
Ben’s original idea was to sell the food being grown in a market-type setting, but instead, he came across the opportunity to turn it into a stationary food truck. The 1968 airstream will always be in the same space, but it functions much like a food truck, just with much fresher ingredients. The Farmery offers things like flatbreads, salad bowls and wraps. They are also now open for breakfast, where you can enjoy eggs, smoothie bowls and wraps. Ben was lucky when this opportunity came along, because they are able to use the kitchen from what used to be a Subway inside the office building where they are stationed. This allows them to prep fresh ingredients, which they would not normally be able to do with the limited space of a food truck.
When I visited The Farmery, I decided the try the Herb’s Chicken Salad Wrap. The wrap has chicken with Chorizo, Pesto Spread, Superfood Salad Mix, Sundried Tomatoes, Carrots, Parmesan Cheese and Pepitas. It also came with a mixed green salad on the side. The wrap was very colorful and tasty. I could definitely taste the freshness of the ingredients. It was also huge, and for only $8.75 it really is a steal. Ben and his team pride themselves in providing the freshest ingredients possible for an affordable price. After all, when you think of a farm-to-table restaurant, it is normally a pricey meal. There are not many places you can go to get farm-to-table in a fast, casual setting.
Ben and his team are also working on some new and exciting things at this same space in RTP. He couldn’t tell me exactly what yet, but it definitely involves more growing space and a beer garden. With Ben’s gung-ho attitude the new concept will be up and running before you know it. In the meantime, you can visit The Farmery for a fresh, fast breakfast or lunch in the RTP area. The Farmery also has an app where you can order online or get food catered for an office event.
Melissa Guido is a currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.