B. Good Is Opening Its Own Farm

The crops will go to B. Good restaurants and to the community.

Hannah Farm

Hannah Farm/Photo provided

Food at B. Good is about to get a lot fresher. The Boston-based chain announced that it’s opening its own farm, a move it says is a first in the fast-casual industry.

Hannah Farm, run in cooperation with the Boston Public Health Commission and Green City Growers, will be located on Long Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Hannah’s first harvests—zucchini, green beans, cucumbers, basil, kale, lettuce, radishes, and bok choy, to start—are expected in late July.

B. Good expects to yield roughly 80,000 pounds of produce each year. Some will go to its 31 restaurants, and the rest will be donated to Long Island’s Camp Harbor View, a camp for children living in at-risk neighborhoods. In addition to having campers learn about urban farming, B. Good is enlisting volunteers to help at every step of the growing process.

This isn’t the first time B. Good has shown its commitment to fresh, local food. Remember when it grew hundreds of pounds of tomatoes in rooftop kiddie pools? Or when it developed its own hydroponic kale operation on the side of 93? The chain also cracked the United States Healthful Food Council’s list of the healthiest restaurants in Boston.

Get an early look at Hannah Farm, below: