Autumn is the season of abundance, with fresh local produce available in backyards and farmers markets. But before we know it, winter arrives, and most of our “fresh” produce actually spends many days being shipped thousands of miles to our area. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get fresh, local produce all year long? Thanks to Andrew Serio, owner of Serio Farms, that wish is now a reality. He grows a variety of fresh produce through hydroponics, which means without soil. All of the plants’ nutrients are delivered via water.
Andrew recalls how he first became interested in hydroponics. He says, “I was a kid, about 10 or 11 years old,… and we went down to Texas, and we went to a grocery store.” The unique aspect of that grocery store, Andrew recalls, is that above the groceries and shoppers, live hydroponic plants were growing. He was fascinated with the system, and never forgot that experience.