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Whole Foods Opens Store with Rooftop Farm in Lynnfield

After two years of design collaboration with a team of architects, designers, engineers, and horticultural specialists, the new Whole Foods Market, in Lynnfield, has opened with the addition of a 17,000-square-foot farm on the rooftop. In addition to providing shoppers with hyper-local produce, the rooftop farm also retains stormwater and acts as a layer of insulation to minimize heating and cooling costs.

The rooftop farm was designed and installed by Recover Green Roofs, a Somerville based company specializing in vegetated green roofs, living walls and rooftop farms. Whole Foods Market and Recover prioritized the use of local, sustainable materials and resources throughout the project. Read Custom Soils, in Canton, blended the lightweight, quickly draining soil and the plants were sourced from Red Fire Farm, in Granby. After Recover completed the design and construction of the rooftop farm, Green City Growers, also based in Somerville, assumed the responsibilities of harvesting and maintaining the crops. The estimated 10,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are for sale in the market and used in their prepared foods department.

Location: 100 Market St., Lynnfield. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit lynnfield