LONG POND, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Today is the opening day for the regenerative organic farm, market, and cafe at Pocono Organics.
“Shopping at the grocery store… I mean they have an organic section, but it’s not impressive, and this is local and that’s really important to us,” said Christine Wilson, a shopper.
Ashley Walsh founded Pocono Organics to help people understand the connection between soil health and human health.
She says a health condition inspired her journey with organic foods.
“The results were undeniable that using food as medicine can improve our quality of life,” said Walsh.
The 381 acre farm is one of the largest regenerative organic farms in North America with 38,000 square feet of greenhouse space.
The farm is powered by Pocono Raceway’s 3 megawatt, 25-acre solar farm.
Pocono Organics was built for sustainability. The facility is designed to reclaim and reuse rainwater to irrigate greenhouse crops.
The crops are harvested and sold in the food market, or prepared by a Food Network Chopped Champion Chef and served at the cafe.
“It’s a great thing to show people what real farming is like, and what it can do for the community, and how they’re involving the community as well is great,” said Brian Boussuyt, Executive Vice President of Pocono Mountains Visitors Burea.
Walsh says she looks forward to serving fresh organic food to the local community every day from 8 in morning to 5 in the evening.