4. What makes blueberries a good addition to Farmer’s Fridge offerings?
We strive to create menu items that look as fresh as they taste, and blueberries do just that. The flavor, texture, color, and versatility that blueberries offer makes them a staple in our pantry, and over the years, we’ve been proud to feature them in menu items ranging from salads to breakfast item and snacks.
5. Can blueberries help make Farmer’s Fridge offerings cleaner, less processed, and more natural?
Our goal is to deliver minimally processed, wholesome foods to our customers, and blueberries, as well as other fresh fruits and vegetables, are key ingredients for our menu. With minimal preparation, blueberries add great flavor and nutrition benefits to a wide array of recipes. It’s a sure-to-please ingredient, too. Have you ever met anyone who didn’t like blueberries?
6. For health-conscious customers trying to ‘eat the rainbow,’ does blueberry’s unique pop of color capture attentions and appetites?
Eating the rainbow can be difficult, but our menu is designed to make this task a bit easier and more convenient. Adding blueberries to a recipe is a flavorful way to introduce a superfood and new color into your daily diet. Providing produce across the rainbow of ingredients is definitely a priority for us and something in which we take great pride.
7. For the blueberry lovers out there, do you have any exciting plans on the horizon for blueberries?
At Farmer’s Fridge, we allow the season to be our muse, but summer and berry season is definitely one of my favorite times of year. Customers will have to wait until 2018 to see the exciting new options, but rest assured blueberries will be featured on our menu.
8. Is there anything else you think our readers should know about blueberries?
Developing a menu for health-conscious consumers keeps us on our toes as we only want to offer the best ingredients, but we know that takes some work. Blueberries are a source of many essential nutrients and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, and it’s simple to start implementing them into your everyday meal choices, as we do at Farmer’s Fridge.
Chef Jessica Foust is a registered dietitian and currently serves as culinary director for Famer’s Fridge, a “12-square-foot restaurant” that operates over 60 locations across the Chicagoland area. She previously served as director of culinary innovation for McDonald’s USA and has provided culinary and nutritional direction for restaurants, hotels, manufacturing, health care, and spa settings. Foust has been involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Research Chefs Association (RCA), and The Culinary Institute of America Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative. A registered dietitian, she holds degrees from The Culinary Institute of America and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Johnson and Wales University. She completed her dietetic internship at the California Polytechnic State University.