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Discover the Taste of Local Delights: Local Roots at Market 57

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At Like a Local Tours, we’re thrilled to unveil an exciting addition to our Chelsea Market & High Line Tour: Local Roots’ tantalizing Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea. This delightful concoction blends the timeless flavors of Arnold Palmer with a zesty twist of Yuzu Lemonade, topped with tapioca pearls for an extra burst of texture.

But that’s not all. Local Roots isn’t just a stop on our tour; they’re also our new Social Impact Partner, and we couldn’t be prouder to collaborate with such a remarkable establishment.

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Getting to know Local Roots: Cultivating Community, One Bite at a Time

Local Roots NYC, as seen in New York Times and Vouge, isn’t just another eatery; it’s a movement. Founded in 2011, this independent, minority woman-owned business is on a mission to revolutionize New York City’s food scene. Their philosophy is simple yet profound: connect local farmers with urban communities to create a more sustainable, just, and delicious future.

Step into Local Roots and experience the essence of Chinese homestyle cooking, crafted from the finest local ingredients. Inspired by childhood memories and family recipes, every dish is a testament to their commitment to flavor, sustainability, and community. But Local Roots isn’t just about dining; it’s also a marketplace where you can find a curated selection of local produce, pantry items, and even clean beauty products.

An Asian Female-Owned Business: Who is Wen-Jay Ying?

Meet Wen-Jay Ying, the powerhouse behind Local Roots, with a heart of gold who turned a passion for community and sustainability into a thriving food sustainability. She initially set her sights on the fashion world upon arriving in New York City. Wen-Jay’s journey to becoming the driving force behind Local Roots wasn’t exactly a straight line.

Drawing from her DIY music scene roots, Wen-Jay brought that same grassroots energy to the birth of Local Roots NYC in 2011. What started as a humble pop-up blossomed into a beloved hub for locally sourced healthy goodness, thanks to Wen-Jay’s dedication and vision. But Local Roots isn’t just about food—it’s a reflection of Wen-Jay’s values and spirit. From the cozy vibes of their location to the mouthwatering menu featuring Chinese delights, every aspect of Local Roots bears Wen-Jay’s imprint of authenticity and community.

Wen-Jay’s commitment to sustainability and community has not gone unnoticed. She’s been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Mayor Bloomberg and NYC, and featured as one to watch by Cherry Bombe Magazine. So, next time you’re sipping on Local Roots’ Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea, take a moment to toast to Wen-Jay Ying—the driving force behind it all. Her passion, creativity, and commitment to making a difference remind us all of the power of following our hearts and supporting our local communities. 

Curious to know about the signature Local Roots’ Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea?

Local Roots' Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea

So, what’s in it? Think of an Arnold Palmer, a beloved beverage concoction of iced tea and lemonade. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, refreshing enough to quench your thirst on even the hottest of days. Local Roots adds the zesty kick of yuzu and the subtle sweetness of lychee, creating a drink that’s not too sweet and perfectly refreshing. 

Now, what’s yuzu? It’s a Japanese citrus fruit known for its tangy taste and aromatic zest, giving the drink a citrusy punch you’ll love. And let’s not forget about the boba. Originating from Taiwan, boba tea (also known as bubble tea) has taken the world by storm with its chewy tapioca pearls and endless flavor possibilities. At Local Roots, you have the option to add boba topping to your Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea for an extra burst of texture and fun. Or if you prefer, enjoy it without boba for a smooth, refreshing sip.

Why did we choose Local Roots as our Social Impact Partner?

Here at Like A Local Tours, we’re all about making a positive impact in the environment, community, and the city of New York, and that’s why we carefully choose our partners. So, why did we pick Local Roots? Well, it’s because they’re not just any business—they’re like-minded friends on a mission. Local Roots, run by amazing the amazing Wen-Jay Ying, is all about making sure New Yorkers get the best, healthiest food from local farmers. They’re working hard to make our city greener and tastier, and we’re proud to support their cause. By teaming up with Local Roots, we’re not just showing off New York’s delicious food scene; we’re also standing up for what we believe in: a healthier, more caring city for everyone.

As an independent, minority woman-owned business and grassroots movement, Local Roots is dedicated to building a community-driven, regenerative food system. They achieve this by connecting urban communities with local family farmers, promoting sustainability, and fostering healthier, more equitable food practices. Through initiatives like their Harvest Club and Market & Cafe, Local Roots makes it easier for New Yorkers to access locally sourced, sustainable food and make meaningful connections with their food system. They believe in the power of community collaboration and are committed to creating a healthier, more just future for all.

Join the Movement: The Local Roots NYC Harvest Club

Become a part of the Local Roots NYC Harvest Club and embark on a journey of seasonal delights. Subscribe to receive weekly, farm-fresh harvests straight to your doorstep, and taste the terroir of the Northeast in every bite. Or visit their Market & Cafe in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of their community-driven ethos.

Each week, as you unwrap your farm-fresh harvest, you will feel connected to the land where they were grown and the people who grew them. You’re getting a little piece of the Northeast right in your kitchen, and it’s all thanks to the hard work and love that farmers put into growing these veggies. It’s like having a little slice of their story on your plate, reminding you of the seasons and the soil that make it all possible.

Welcome to Market 57: Where History Meets Delicious New Tastes

Nestled along the Hudson River, Market 57 is a special place blending rich history with fresh culinary experiences. Built in 1907 for shipping, Pier 57 got a a remarkable transformation in 2023, thanks to Hudson River Park Trust, Google, RXR Realty, Youngwoo & Associates, and Jamestown, becoming a lively community spot.

And what’s at the heart of Market 57? It’s a food lover’s paradise—a lineup of kiosks curated by The James Beard Foundation, offering a tantalizing mix of flavors. From Thai and Carribean, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, and many more. Among them is Local Roots, a proud Asian, woman-owned business. Its diverse as it gets!

Experience Local Flavor on our Tour

As you stroll through the Chelsea Market & High Line Tour, let your senses come alive with the taste of Local Roots’ Arnold Palmer Yuzu Lemonade Boba Tea. Sip on this refreshing beverage as you explore the rich history and culinary delights of one of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods.

At Like a Local Tours, we’re more than just tour guides; we’re storytellers, curators of experiences, and champions of local businesses like Local Roots. Join us on this journey of discovery, where every bite tells a story and every sip brings us closer to our community and our roots.

Ready to embark on a culinary adventure? Book your spot on our Chelsea Market & High Line Tour today and taste the magic of Local Roots for yourself!