Never heard of micro-greens? You’re not alone. We talked to hundreds of people last summer who had never heard of them before but were curious about what they are and how to use them.
What are they?
Micro-greens are nutrient and flavor packed mini versions of full grown vegetables. Studies show that they have between 4-40 times the nutrients of their mature counterparts. And the best part is we can grow them all year long!
We experimented with several different types last summer, including:
- Garlic Chives
- Purple kohlrabi
Our top sellers are sunflower, pea, purple kohlrabi and radish. We’ve become known as the “microgreens farm” by several people in the area.
How do you grow them?
From start to finish, we put tender loving care into our micro-greens. These are the steps we take:
- Soak the seeds in a special mixture overnight.
- Add a particular soil mixture to a clean tray. Water soil and add seeds. Water again.
- Cover the trays and weight them down to speed up the germination process.
- After a germination period of around 5 days, we remove the weights, and allow them to breathe.
- We keep them under lights and a fan that are set up under timers, watering every other day.
- Depending on the type, they can be harvested anywhere from 1-3 weeks.
Add to sandwiches, soups, wraps, burgers, stir-fry’s, pestos and smoothies! Or anything else you can think of! Here’s how The Olive Tree in Morden uses them. (You can also find them at the local Morden Co-op in the produce cooler.) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out more or place an order!
~ Dustin & Shannon