Recently the Ann Arbor-based Harvest Kitchen expanded east to Ypsilanti. However, the move is not the only change Harvest Kitchen has made. Originally, the establishment solely provided pre-made vegetarian or omnivore meals. Each week, six month or year long members would pick up the homemade local food from the changing menu.
With its new location though, Harvest Kitchen now offers carryout meal options for those without a membership in addition to existing subscription services. There still will be no sit-down service. Co-owner Mary Wessel Walker believes having a more visible retail space will allow for comfort without locking customers into a meal plan subscription. Furthermore, the new location is closer to the farmers’ market, creating a proximity to local produce. Harvest Kitchen recently received a grant for $28,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which helped make the move possible. The grant was awarded to the Kitchen for its unique channel of distribution for local farmers. It is hoped that “subscription-based” meals will promote people sitting down together at home while enjoying good food.
Harvest Kitchen is open for walk-ins Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7:30pm. 32 East Cross Street, Ypsilanti. 734-395-7782. www.harvest-kitchen.com