Stony Brook Wholeheartedfoods Geneva, NY
Stony Brook uses ingredients sourced from the Finger Lakes region to create savory culinary oils and seed snacks. Originating as an online cookie company, Stony Brook relocated to the Finger Lakes region in search of high quality, local ingredients and cheaper rent. No sooner were the cookies cooling when they were approached by a farmer with a handful of butternut squash seeds and some creative ideas from Cornell University on food-waste reuse.Suddenly the plans changed from cookie-making to locally produced cooking oils, pressed from seeds that would otherwise go to waste. Working directly with New York farmers, Stony Brook sources seeds directly following the fall harvest. With a commitment to local sourcing they aim to support local production and promote environmental and economic health in the region. Over a decade later, Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods is still the only company in the U.S. producing culinary oil from vegetable seed waste and one of the only regional producers of culinary oils using 100% USA grown seeds.All seeds used in oil and snack production are locally grown and are never treated with any chemicals or preservatives during production. They have also remained a fully nut-free, soy-free, GMO-free and gluten-free operation.