Inside New York City’s Organic Food Incubator
On a gritty, trash-strewn block of warehouses in Long Island City, a collection of small businesses are sharing space and resources to churn out some of New York’s healthiest, organic food innovations.
The Organic Food Incubator (OFI) was created by kombucha and fermented foods purveyor BAO Food and Drink in 2010.
Since then, founder Michael Schwartz has welcomed vegan ice cream churners, green juice pressers, and gluten-free bakers, taking care to make sure that each tenant is using natural ingredients. “Sugar is okay, high fructose corn syrup is not,” he says.
It's not the only one of its kind in New York City either—One Lucky Duck recently moved its production into a Williamsburg space shared by People's Pops and Kombucha Brooklyn, and Little Duck Organics shares space with Sprout Skincare in Greenpoint.
As a real estate concept, this allows small businesses to cut costs and pool momentum. There's also "a really nice sharing of information and ideas,” Schwartz says. We got a sneak peek inside this organic foodie collective.
Other brands that use the OFI and aren't pictured here? CakeBites NYC, Darosario Organics, Saucy By Nature, The Splendid Spoon, Cup and Compass, Gefilteria, King Kava, Uttapam & Co., The Jam Stand, and more.