Veterans Ranch-grown lettuce a restaurant hit

At the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch north of Bend, vets have been using horticulture for the past few months as a way of healing. 

Orion Carriger runs the ranch greenhouse where he, alongside a team of veterans, have begun growing lettuce.

He said Sunday that in the beginning of the project, the team donated all of their lettuce, as they didn't yet have a buyer.

However, in recent months, the veterans' lettuce caught the eye of a Bend Mediterranean restaurant, Kefi.

The restaurant is using the romaine lettuce on their wraps and salads, which co-owner Menoula Stanitsas said has been a hit with customers.

"We've been very happy with the lettuce," she said. "It's so much softer than your regular romaine. It's basically baby lettuce -- it's wonderful."

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