Fig & Prosciutto Pizza with Dream Greens Arugula
Living in New Jersey, I always felt very privileged to have access to some of the country’s best #JerseyFresh produce: tomatoes, berries, peaches, apples, and so much more. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit AeroFarms in Newark, NJ and I was blown away at this completely different way Jersey Fresh produce was being grown in my state.
Most of the greens that we receive here on the east coast are from California. Meaning, by the time they reach your local store they are over a week old, losing up to 70% of their nutritional value. It is hard for nature to constantly continue the output of greens it needs to sustain our population. AeroFarms has taken the future of farming and brought it into the present by finding a new way to grow food safely and efficiently.
AeroFarms can put a farm virtually anywhere with a power and water source since it is modular. They are only limited by the height of the building. At their farms, there are no seasons, so they are growing 365 days a year. They are food scientists who are experts in what plants need for growing. They use no soil, only reusable cloths. All water being used is recycled and tested daily for the nutrition in the water. They use LED lights giving plants only what they need. Their entire farming process is energy efficient.
The AeroFarm space I toured was 1 of 4 in Newark, NJ and is a commercial farm, meaning everything grown there is sold. They have built farms locally for local consumption. If you are unfamiliar with Newark, NJ, it is actually our states largest city. Yet, up until a year ago they had no supermarkets. Which means, no access to fresh ingredients.
You can find AeroFarms greens on local store shelves as Dream Greens. They are growing over 250 different varieties of greens have seen up to 125-150% more vitamins and nutrients in them! With baby greens on the top 10 list of dangerous foods to eat, there is no need for chlorine washing and no pesticides being used. After seeing the farm for myself, I can assure you these are completely non-GMO as well.
You can find Dream Greens for just $3.99 at 2 ShopRites and the new Whole Foods in Essex County and now also on Fresh Direct as well.
After our tour of AeroFarms, we headed over to the new Whole Foods in Newark and after doing a little shopping, I came up with a delicious recipe I wanted to share with you.
This was my first time ever using figs in a recipe and boy do they pair well with the arugula and prosciutto!
Fig & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula
- Pizza Crust
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Diced grape tomatoes
- Sliced fresh figs
- Thinly sliced prosciutto
- Fresh arugula
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- On the pizza crust, add the first 5 ingredients.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Drizzle balsamic vinegar
- Top with arugula
- Drizzle olive oil
- Enjoy hot.
*I was invited to an influencer event at AeroFarms and received a sample of Dream Greens & a Whole Foods gift card for the purpose of this post.