11/17/22: CANTON, MA - Since opening in 2013, Trillium has operated through the lens of a modern New England farmhouse-inspired brewery, with a philosophy aimed at reflecting the roots of the region and its community. Trillium’s 163-acre Farm in North Stonington, CT represents the agricultural nexus of operations connecting brewing, culinary creativity, sustainability initiatives, and the dedication to stewarding healthier local food systems. Sharing in many of the same values, Row 7 Seed Company was a natural fit for a partnership that began in 2019.
“Our approach towards a sustainable agricultural future and better food systems has always been simple: delicious & accessible. Just one bite of the Row 7 produce grown in North Stonington over the past few seasons makes it directly, on-your-taste-buds clear that we’ve aligned with the right partner to achieve our collective vision.” said Trillium Founder JC Tetreault.
Row 7 is a seed company based on the notion that deliciousness might just change the world. Focused on good food, nutrition and the environment, Row 7 works in the field and kitchen alongside plant breeders, chefs, growers and eaters who share a mission to reimagine food from the ground up. Every innovative seed, from Badger Flame Beets and Beauregarde Snow Peas to Midnight Roma Tomatoes and Patwork Peppers, is certified organic, non-GMO, unpatented, and produced in the U.S. Row 7 is a collaboration—a cross-pollination—based on a simple premise: “we believe flavor can succeed where commodification has failed. That it can change how we eat and, in turn, how we grow.”
Beginning this fall, Row 7 has introduced a partnership with Whole Foods Markets in the Greater Boston area, with distribution of a wide array of produce including Upstate Abundance potatoes, Badger Flame beets, Robin’s Koginut Squash, and Honeypatch Squash. Not only is the intent to raise greater awareness of their work, but most importantly, to broaden accessibility to delicious, nutritious, and exciting food.
As one of only a small number of experimental farms growing Row 7 produce varieties, Trillium has some special plans this season. To celebrate their partnership and highlight the Row 7 regional distribution initiative, Trillium is now pouring a limited edition draft-only collaboration beer - Golden Ale with Lime featuring nixtamalized corn from Row 7's grains program. The Trillium culinary teams are also integrating Row 7 produce into two special dishes on their current Autumn menus in both Canton & Fort Point. Utilizing a bio-intensive regenerative agricultural approach in collaboration with the innovative, inspiring team at Row 7 brings Trillium one step closer to achieving their original intention of providing a true Farm-to-Table experience.
The following Row 7 vegetable varieties are now available in select Whole Foods Market store locations in the Greater Boston area, with plans to expand to additional locations throughout the Northeast in 2023.
● Badger Flame Beet - Selected by breeder Irwin Goldman, this vibrant beet was bred to express the vegetables’ unsung sweetness without its polarizing earthiness. The result? A golden beet that is mild, sweet and delicious, whether raw or roasted. Grown in NY and MA.
● Honeypatch Squash - Bred to reimagine the workaday butternut, this squash packs concentrated sweetness, flavor and beta-carotene into a single-serving. Grown in NY.
● Robin’s Koginut Squash - Developed by Michael Mazourek, this little pumpkin has become a cult favorite for its velvety texture and rich, nutty flavor. Grown in NY.
● Upstate Abundance Potato - Selected by second-generation potato breeder Walter de Jong. It is a versatile potato that is delicious roasted, smashed or boiled. The creamy flesh is naturally packed with flavor, no butter required. Grown in ME and VT.
Visit both Trillium restaurants right now to enjoy seasonal dishes featuring Row 7 produce.
Available in Canton, MA:
Row 7 Koginut Squash Wood-Fired Pizza
Cranberries, Tofu, Ricotta, Red Onion, Hot Maple
Available in Fort Point:
Row 7 Honey Patch Squash
Maple, Pepita and Pistachio Furikake, Creme Fraiche, Sikil Pak