US (IA): Clayton Farms Salads opens in Ames

A drive-through salad and smoothie restaurant opened in Ames Friday, and it just might have the world’s freshest salads.

The restaurant is an offshoot of Clayton Farms, an Ames-based indoor farm that delivers freshly harvested produce directly to subscribers.

Clayton Farms Salads is growing its greens onsite inside the restaurant in a similar hydroponic, soil-free process used at the indoor farm. That quick, easy access to salad greens and microgreens makes the salads and smoothies amazingly fresh.

“We’re going after the Guinness Book of World Records for the freshest salads served in the world,” said Chief Farmer Clayton Mooney, co-founder of the restaurant and the farm. “We think we can get from harvest to a bowl in 30 seconds.”

He expects officials from Guinness to come to Ames in a couple of months.


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