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You might not think you want your next head of lettuce to come from a warehouse in Greenpoint, but Gotham Greens is (sustainable) living proof that sometimes the freshest, most local greens come from surprising places.

The six-month-old hydroponic greenhouse sits atop an old Brooklyn bowling alley and employs soil-free, water-saving technologies to grow its flavorful, hyper-fresh crops--all of which are harvested before breakfast so they can be on your plate or at your grocer by lunch.

Unlike most rooftop farms, Gotham grows year-round, meaning your locally sourced winter vegetable consumption need not suffer. And since it works with the city's top restaurants (think Gramercy Tavern with more to come) and grocery stores (including Whole Foods, D'Agostino and Union Market), you don't need to go to a farmers' market or join a CSA to get the goods.

Fresh right now are crisp and vitamin-rich Swiss Chard, arugula, sweet basil and butterhead lettuce, and the team at Gotham is constantly planting new seeds and greens varieties.

In addition to the deliciousness factor, we love the idea of being environmentally mindful and supporting a local business with a simple trip to the produce aisle.

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