After six growing seasons, a Des Moines urban farm known for its salad greens is putting products on the shelf at Hy-Vee stores across the Midwest.
Jenny Quiner, owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, 5085 Meredith Drive, has expanded the farm's offerings to include salad dressings designed to complement its popular seasonal lettuces. The vinaigrettes come in three flavors and are now available at more than 100 Hy-Vee stores in eight states.
"They are all vinaigrettes, and they are all made with the idea of keeping salads healthy," she said. "Here at the farm we are known for our greens, and so the creation of these products was kind of a natural progression for our business."
Quiner created the health-conscious salad dressings in 2020 and pitched the products in Hy-Vee’s first 'Best of Local Brands' summit in February. The small-scale dressing production operation began in the Dogpatch commercial kitchen space but has now transitioned to Midwest Foods.
The addition of the salad dressings is just one of the ways Dogpatch has grown over the years. Two seasons ago, Quiner began growing on an additional two acres of land leased by a neighbor. The Dogpatch farm stand sells locally made products, and the available products continue to expand every season, she said. In 2021, Dogpatch started selling at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.
"It's been really great. Week over week, we’ve got our returning customers but we’re also just reaching new people now," Quiner said. "One huge reason for that is we had salad greens in the heat of the summer when other people didn’t. We really created a little following through that."
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