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JetBlue adds a farm at JFK Airport

We can’t quite call it a trend yet, but the urban farming movement is making headway at airports.

First there was O’Hare International’s aeroponic garden:

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Created in 2011, O’Hare’s aeroponic garden grows more than 1,000 plants – without soil – in 26 towers, producing herbs and vegetables used by some of the airport restaurants, including Tortas Frontera.

The indoor garden is on the mezzanine level of the O’Hare Rotunda Building, in Terminal 3 over the corridor to Concourse G.

Now JetBlue has joined the movement with a large outdoor garden in front of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport:

In addition to potatoes, JetBlue's T5 farm is growing herbs and produce for T5 restaurants and for local food pantries

The 24,000-square-foot T5 farm is growing produce, herbs and blue potatoes, the kind used to make the Terra Blues potato chips JetBlue offers as complimentary snacks to passengers.

Blue potatoes actually look purple when freshly picked

Potatoes, plus a wide variety of herbs and vegetables, are planted in raised beds made out of milk cartons bolted to the concrete.

The food grown will be used by restaurants in T5 and donated to area food pantries. And some of the blue potatoes may someday make it across the river to the New Jersey factory where the Terra Blues chips are now made out of blue potatoes grown on an organic farm in Maine.

Here are some more snaps from opening day at JetBlue’s T5 farm, which is located curbside, way to the left of the departure level doors. And here’s a link to a story I wrote about the farm for USA TODAY.

Helpful signs tell garden visitors what's growing in the milk crate beds.

JetBlue T5 farm manager Katrina Ceguera tending to the arugula

Shawn Connell, GrowNYC's program manager, with some of the first potatoes picked at the T5 farm.

October is Airport Restaurant Month

Airport restaurant month

HMSHost’s Airport Restaurant Month is back again and that means that throughout the month of October you’ll find special seasonal fall tasting menus that include appetizers, main dishes and sides being offered in nearly 60 restaurants in North American airports.

Below is a list of airports where HMSHost restaurants will be participating. In many airports there are several restaurants to choose from. Enjoy!

• Albany International Airport
• Boston Logan International Airport
• Calgary International
• Charlotte Douglas International Airport
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport
• Clinton National Airport (Little Rock)
• Denver International Airport
• Edmonton International Airport
• General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee)
• George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)
• Halifax Stanfield International Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Honolulu International Airport
• JFK International Airport
• John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana)
• Kansas City International Airport
• Lambert – St. Louis International Airport
• Los Angeles International Airport
• Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
• McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
• Memphis International Airport
• Miami International Airport
• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
• Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
• Nashville International Airport
• Norfolk International Airport
• Oakland International Airport
• Ottawa International Airport
• Palm Beach International Airport
• Portland International Airport
• Raleigh-Durham International Airport
• San Diego International Airport
• T.F. Green International Airport (Providence)
• Tampa International Airport
• Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
• Toronto Pearson International Airport

Fresh amenities at EWR & LGA

Traveling to or through LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon? Look for some of these new dining and shopping outlets.

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Through the end of August, The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Terminal B is having a party to celebrate a year’s worth of improvements that include new specialty stores (America!, Desigual, Duty Free Americas/ L’Occitane, Eddie Bauer, Lacoste, Lick, InMotion Entertainment, Ruby Blue and Tumi) and expanded dining options that now include Bowery Bay Tavern, Piccolo Mercato, Six Blocks Bakery, Sorrentine and Villa Pizza Kitchen.

Be on the lookout for free food tastings, store discounts, live music and special events There’s also a Twitter contest with merchandise giveaways underway.

Over at Newark Liberty International Airport – in United’s Terminal C – OTG has opened some of the first pieces of the “re-imagined” space.

Designed to be “dining oases,” Proof Whiskey Bar and Caps Beer Garden are now in the center of the long hallways. The first of 38 redesigned gate lounges in Terminal C has also opened.

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Custard vending machine at STL Airport

STL custard

Just in time for summer, vending machines dispensing a frozen custard famous in St. Louis have been installed on the concourses at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The machines are filled with custard cups known as concretes – malts or shakes so thick they can be served upside down – from Ted Drewes, a popular family-owned ice-cream shop with two branches in St. Louis.

STL custard machine

The vending machines are stocked with six “concrete” flavors: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Oreo cookie, Heath Bar and chocolate chip. Each 8 ounce cup is $6 and when a purchase is made “the machine opens the fridge door, and arm with a suction picks up the flavor requested and then drops it into the retrieve area,” said airport spokesman Jeff Lea.

Airports celebrate National Doughnut Day


The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day and it’s a good bet you’ll be able to find fee donut offers and lots of interesting donut delights at airports across the nation.

For example, many – but not all – airport branches of Dunkin’ Donuts will be participating in the chain’s offer of a free donut with any beverage purchase today.

If you’re at an airport and find a free donut offer, please let us know!!

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