Chris Ronis, co-owner of Northern Spy Food Co., a New York City restaurant, called the green a "cornerstone" of its menu. Kale salad ranked as the establishment's most popular item, outselling the next best-selling dish by 5 to 1 and garnering press with Eater and The New York Times.
While Ronis doesn't think his restaurant's kale supply would be affected by a seed scare, he is somewhat worried about prices.
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"We source most of our produce from little and small farms, most of which would not be purchasing their seeds from a large company, I would think, so it wouldn't affect us, I'd hope," he said. "If there is a shortage at an industrial level, it still will affect our prices because people will start seeking out smaller farms and other sources."
—By Bo McMillan, special to CNBC.com