What’s that? As the name suggests, Nano Farms was originally in the very little vegetable business. Ryan Tarrance noticed the restaurants where he worked were hard up for cute produce that commands high prices, so he and wife Alexandra Purro started growing microgreens, baby squash, baby beets and various tiny tomatoes on their Summerton farm.
Tarrance and Purro tried to interest their restaurant clients in buying from other Summerton farmers, since the farmers “constantly had produce sitting out and nobody buying it.” They so enjoyed playing middleman that they shifted their business model to scouting produce; about three years ago, they started assembling “mystery baskets” of favorite finds for home cooks.
Now customers can choose which fruits and vegetables go into their baskets, which are delivered by a “mom brigade” of drivers.
“We are like a CSA in the aspect that you’re having fresh produce, but you’re not signing a contract,” Purro says. “Plus, we deliver it to your door. We pick for you like we pick for our family.”
Who recommends it? Melanie Durant, owner of Scram.
Why? Durant likes the no-commitment feature of the operation, as well as the fresh vegetables that come with it. “As a mother, these things are important to me,” she says.
Where is it? To review what’s available for order, visit facebook.com/nanofarms. Baskets are priced at $35 for eight items.
— Hanna Raskin