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US (MO): Aramark joins list of Lettuce Dream customers

Lettuce Dream, a non-profit greenhouse that provides vocational training for post-high school young adults coping with cognitive and developmental disabilities, hosted its second annual Taste O’ Green salad luncheon in the Maryville First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

Most of the dishes on offer were made from produce grown at the Lettuce Dream complex near the intersection of East First Street and the U.S. Highway 71 bypass.

Clodfelter said the greenhouse’s current line-up of crops, which are sold to area restaurants, grocery stores and food-service operations, includes romaine lettuce, butterhead lettuce, Salanova, basil and pak choi, a variety of cabbage associated with China and other Asian countries.

The inventory of fresh-grown greenstuff is proving attractive to a growing list of Lettuce Dream customers, Clodfelter said, including Aramark, the food-service vendor for Northwest Missouri State University.

Aramark’s coming on board as a major customer — the company currently purchases 54 percent of Lettuce Dream’s total crop output — following Lettuce Dream’s acquisition of a Good Agricultural Practices certificate through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The regulatory designation that means the greenhouse has implemented traceability and sanitation practices, including worker training, designed to ensure its produce is grown and distributed under safe and healthy conditions.

Read more at The Maryville Forum (Tony Brown)

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