Greenheart Organic Farms partners with Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Greenheart Organic Farms has begun supplying its organic produce to Rosewood Abu Dhabi.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi executive chef, Wolfgang Eberle said that demand from consumers for organic produce encouraged the team to seek a local organic supplier.
Chef Eberle told Catering News: “We do believe in giving local suppliers a fair chance. Greenheart works according to strict rules and you can see the success of the company on their products. The company has a lot of knowledge of agriculture and is constantly trying to improve their vegetable seeds in order to gain a better product.”
“Greenheart is able to grow vegetables for us in regularly coning growth cycles and the taste and quality is unique. The products are not identical in size and shape and this shows that you actually have an organic farm doing their business. Our chefs are able to work with the growth cycle of the farm and change their dishes constantly.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi sources all in-season fruit and vegetables including lettuce for all restaurants and sweetcorn for the hotel’s Friday BBQ Brunch at Aqua restaurant.
Parsley, mint, eggplant and cucumbers are used in Lebanese restaurant, Sambusek, which now offers a local farmer’s market where guests can choose fresh produce straight from the box, including items such as beef and heirloom tomatoes, baby cucumber, red radish and sweet baby chili.
Commenting on the partnership, Elena Kinane, managing director of Greenheart Organic Farms said: “As a small organic farm that offers a bespoke service we are keen to work with businesses with integrity that appreciate the complexity of the work we do. Rosewood Hotel is very particular about the quality of produce they are using for their restaurants.
“We believe that constant communication and mutual understanding is vital in developing a successful long-term relationship and we were delighted to welcome the Rosewood team to our farm to explain to them in detail our organic farming practices.”
Chef Eberle visited the farm with the hotel’s purchasing and hygiene manager to assess the quality of the produce, and a six-month planning period was initiated during which Chef Eberle provided Greenheart with the precise volumes and types of produce he needed.
Greenheart Organic Farms grows 100% chemical-free produce mostly using heirloom seeds cultivated and collected each season at the farm, with more than 130 types of vegetables, herbs and fruit produced, all of which is harvested and delivered each morning.
The produce is sold directly to the foodservice industry or private individuals, and the company has also started offering home deliveries to all areas of Abu Dhabi city on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6pm and 9pm.
Greenheart Organic Farms supplies to more than 30 hotels, restaurants, cafes and businesses in and while it is currently focusing on the UAE market, Kinane admits “this may change in the coming years”.