Blog : Welcome Hayseed Restaurant to the Green Alliance!

By Craig | Mar 10, 2015 | in

We're pleased to welcome Smuttynose's latest venture, Hayseed Restaurant, to the Green Alliance!

Since purchasing the 14-acre Towle Farm property in Hampton, Smuttynose Brewing Company has put big plans into action at their new home. Originally located in Portsmouth, the popular, internationally-recognized, New Hampshire brewery's new brewing facility opened in May 2014 in Hampton. Hayseed Restaurant, the second part of the project, opened in February 2015.

Two of the farm’s original structures, an 18th Century barn and a Victorian farmhouse, remain intact. The latter of which was moved 85 yards across the property and renovated to accommodate the restaurant. Renovations to Hayseed were done to improve sustainability while preserving the house’s organic character. Hayseed now joins its sister restaurant, The Portsmouth Brewery, as a Green Alliance Business Partner. And Hayseed's sustainability initiatives match the level of committment set in place by both Smuttynose and The Portsmouth Brewery.

Hayseed is outfitted with energy recovery ventilators that supply fresh air for the interior of the building and recover thermal energy from the conditioned, exhaust air system. There is also a condensing, gas-fired water heater on-site to provide domestic hot water quickly. And the system can store the water for long periods of time without losing temperature, while operating at a thermal efficiency greater than 90 percent.

Kitchen staff rotate food from the freezer into refrigerators to capture the cold from thawing products instead of power-thawing them with water in the sink. And Hayseed's waitstaff do their part to conserve water; only bringing it to guests at their request. LED lighting can be found through the building and a lighting control system adjusts levels based on ambient lighting and/or building occupancy. During Hayseed's construction, Smuttynose used Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood for virtually all of the renovated and interior partitions using materials with low or no-VOCs for finishes.

Red oak wood for the tables and bar was milled directly from the Towle Farm site when the brewery's construction began. Hayseed's food is locally-sourced whenever possible and some of its produce will be grown right on campus. For specials, Hayseed's chefs can highlight ingredients from local farms and fisheries to create unique menu items. All food scraps are composted and plastic, glass and cardboard materials are recycled using a single stream system. Hayseed also offers compostable to-go containers made by EcoProducts, which are delivered through Favorite Foods, a sustainable restaurant supply company. Hayseed also offers compostable to-go bags and cups.

Hayseed's current hours are:

Monday: 4 -11 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 4 -11 p.m.
Thursday: 4 -11 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. - midnight
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. -11 p.m.

Green Alliance members receive 10% off all food! Not a member? Join here! (Discount applies to Green Alliance card member and one guest)