JetBlue is Growing Potatoes at JFK

What's the deal with airport food?

Ever fly into New York and wish you could have a farm-fresh potato right there at JFK? Well, if you’re flying JetBlue, now you can. In what might be the strangest urban-farming plot we’ve heard yet, the airline known for giving you free snacks (among other things) has announced that it will be opening a 24,000-square-foot potato farm just outside of Terminal 5 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

As Food Republic reports (via DNAInfo), the air carrier is installing the farm in an attempt to beautify the notoriously unappealing airport and to teach travelers about the importance of farming. The potatoes will be given to airport restaurants as well as to chip company Terra Blue, who are partners in the farm. Additionally, some of the produce will be donated to local food pantries.

In addition to potatoes, the farm will grow arugula, beets, mint, and basil, all of which would combine for a pretty good salad that would likely cost you $15 in Terminal 5. And if you’re worried about an infestation of crows grounding your next flight, don’t: the crops were specifically chosen because they’re unattractive to wildlife. In fact, the process of getting approval for the farm took JetBlue three years—or roughly four tarmac delays.

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