An Acres Homes farm has now had its products cemented as one of the best the entire state has to offer after winning big at a competition hosted by a Texas grocery giant.
On Aug. 9, H-E-B announced the winners of its “Quest for Texas Best” competition, in which entrepreneurs from around the state enter unique food and drink products and compete to have their creations recognized and later put on shelves for customers at H-E-B stores throughout the state – with local entrepreneurs winning big.
Verdegreens Farms, located at 1208 Bland St. in Acres Homes, was named a First Place winner in the competition for its Farmstand Salad Dressing, according to a news release from H-E-B, which earned them a $20,000 prize in addition to the salad dressings future placement on H-E-B shelves. In total, Verdegreens and nine other entrepreneurs took home $185,000 in prize money according to the release.
According to its bio from the competition, Verdegreens incorporates methods that use less water than traditional agriculture. The farm is comprised of one-acre of hydroponic and one-acre of no-till organic production, according to the bio. The team of Billy Trainor, Lynne Tolentino, David Philo, and Kyle Wiebe specializes in living lettuces, microgreens, culinary herbs, and seasonal vegetables, and creates pestos, sauces, and hummus. And now, they also have made-by-hand small batch Farmstand salad dressings in flavors such as Creole Cane Syrup Vinaigrette, Tahini Mint, and Lemon Caper Buttermilk.
Over the past few months, the news release said H-E-B’s Business Development Managers viewed and reviewed nearly two dozen hours of video submissions for more than 600 products produced by entrepreneurs representing 132 cities across Texas before selecting the 10 finalists and winners.
The products will now be placed on H-E-B shelves throughout the state.
“Once again, we have seen and tasted the best Texans have to offer, and we look forward to adding more Texas-made products to our shelves,” said James Harris the senior director of Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity. “Today, everyone walked away a winner, and we can’t wait to share with our customers the creative products from these amazing small businesses.”