Come out with the kids to see Lay’s mobile greenhouse for free, which is designed to bring a rural farm experience to the center of metropolitan areas across the country. The six-city “Lay’s Mobile Farm” tour kicked-off a while ago in New York City’s iconic Times Square and traveled to Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and hits Dallas on August 24 at Rangers Ballpark and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Visitors to the “Lay’s Mobile Farm,” a 70-foot long, 10-foot wide and 14-foot high traveling greenhouse will have an opportunity to interact first-hand with plants, meet a Lay’s potato farmer and enjoy interactive stations. Families will also receive take-home educational materials that provide simple tips and fun activities to inspire at-home gardening.
To help get more gardens growing, the Lay’s brand will give away approximately 8,000 individual basil plants to people who participate in the farm experience. And, at the culmination of each city stop, the brand will donate all contents of the greenhouse to local community gardens, resulting in the planting of hundreds of vegetables and fruits in these urban areas.
“Many Americans are looking for ways to bring a taste of the simple life home and learn more about where their food comes from,” said Justin Lambeth, vice president, marketing, Frito-Lay North America. “As a brand that embraces simple happiness and includes just three simple ingredients in our Lay’s Classic potato chips, the ‘Lay’s Mobile Farm’ is a natural way for us to deliver that experience to our consumers.”
In the spirit of taking the farm to the heart of the city, the mobile tour will make stops in high-traffic areas in cities in each region of the country and ultimately will provide more than 50 potato, tomato, onion, pepper and basil plants to each of the non-profit groups that are creating and maintaining community gardens. The selected plants represent some of the all natural ingredients used in six new regionally inspired Lay’s potato chip flavors, including Garden Tomato & Basil, which will be available to try at each mobile farm stop.
Tour locations and partner organizations include:
• New York City – July 26: Times Square / New York Restoration Project
• Boston – July 30: City Hall Plaza / YMCA of Greater Boston
• Detroit – August 5: Tigers Stadium / To be determined prior to event
• Chicago – August 9: Millennium Park / Howard Area Community Center
• Los Angeles – August 17: The Grove / Los Angeles Community Garden Council
• Dallas – August 24: Rangers Ballpark / YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The farmers participating in the “Lay’s Mobile Farm” tour include:
• Brian Kirschenmann of Kirschenmann Farms in Bakersfield, Calif.: fifth-generation potato farmer whose potatoes have gone into Lay’s Potato Chips since 1974 (New York and Los Angeles events)
• Jack Wallace Jr. of Jack Wallace Farms in Edinburg, TX: grower of potatoes for Lay’s Potato Chips since 1964 (New York and Dallas events)
• Tom Hoekstra of Hoekstra Potato Farms in St. Anne, IL: a fourth-generation potato farmer whose farm has been growing potatoes for Lay’s Potato Chips for nearly 35 years (Chicago event)
• Darrell McCrum of the Maine Potato Alliance in Mars Hill, Maine: a fifth-generation potato farmer who has grown potatoes for Lay’s Potato Chips for 23 years (Boston event)
• Brian Walther and Gary Walther of Walther Farms in Three Rivers, Mich.: brothers and third-generation potato farmers whose family’s potatoes have gone into Lay’s Potato Chips since 1975 (New York and Detroit events)
To extend beyond each local event, people can visit www.lays.com to use the exclusive Chip Tracker to trace where their bags of Lay’s Classic Potato Chips were made (using a UPC code on each bag). Visitors to the web site can also learn more about Lay’s potato farms and farmers.
More than 80 farms from 27 states across the country grow the potatoes that become Lay’s potato chips. In fact, in 2009 alone the brand used more than 2.5 billion pounds of potatoes from these farmers. In addition, Lay’s potato chips are made in 18 states at Frito-Lay facilities stretching from the East to West Coast and Frito-Lay employs more than 45,000 people in all 50 states.
“We are extremely grateful for the relationships we have with the farmers and communities that have built the Lay’s brand into a success over the years,” added Lambeth.
The “Lay’s Mobile Farm” tour is an extension of the successful Lay’s campaign that launched last year featuring the farmers that grow Lay’s Potato Chips. The campaign highlights seven local farmers in regions across the United States whose potatoes have gone into Lay’s Potato Chips since 1974. The program is also supported by a comprehensive marketing effort that celebrates the widespread connections of the brand through online, on-pack messaging, local event sponsorships and 24,000 in-store displays that are customized for each participating state to celebrate coast-to-coast connections and contributions to Lay’s Potato Chips.