At The Garlic Poet, we live in a world where we embrace what our local community has to offer and work to create a place where anything is possible. We believe in investing in those close to us by sourcing ingredients from a wealth of local purveyors around Harrisburg, York, and Central PA and taking part in endeavors that will further our community development. Our efforts within the Central PA region bring together over 40 purveyors at any point in time and allow us to bring you the absolute highest-quality and consistency possible. With the people that make the local community great, we assure you that when you eat at The Garlic Poet, you are not only eating the freshest of fresh, but also making a contribution to your local neighborhood.
When The Garlic Poet began our endeavor within the community, we partnered with Wheelhouse and the School-to-Table Program, to start our aquaponic adventure. This Wheelhouse program is designed to support the field of Innovative Education and Workforce Development. The Garlic Poet often uses fresh produce from the School-to-Table Aquaponics program at Steelton-Highspire High School. By joining this program, students have improved their grades, earned diplomas, completed as many as 10 college credits, and earned $3,000 through their entrepreneurial endeavors, but one of the best things this program has been able to do is help students find their passion and drive. In addition to sourcing produce from the School-to-Table Program, The Garlic Poet also gathers produce from our own system located within the urban garden, Ladder & Vine. By purchasing and harvesting from our own system, The Garlic Poet has added 5 new jobs to the local, New Cumberland area. Aquaponics is a way for us all to embrace our local community and create a world where anything is possible.
Aquaponics is a new, exciting form of agriculture. By using fish to fertilize plant life, and in a controlled indoor environment, we are able to grow greens, herbs, edible flowers, and more year-round. Aquaponics uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture, has a 60% faster growth rate, and has zero discharge. Our produce coming from these systems is more than locally sourced, it’s hyperlocal. Sprinkled throughout our different menu options, you’ll see the term ‘aquaponics’, which denotes a special meaning to us, and our community.
Alongside aquaponics, we partner with a variety of other local purveyors to embrace the community. Here is a list of our current partners. Follow the links to their sites to see some of the best, local products in Harrisburg, York, and Central, PA.
Spring Grove, PA
Peach Bottom, PA
York County, PA
Camp Hill, PA
East Earl, PA
Susquehanna Township, PA
New Cumberland, PA
Steelton-Highspire High School; Steelton, PA
York Springs, PA
York Springs, PA