Here are the pictures of the new Live Trays that we are delivering today. These initial crops will be fine tuned, but it appears these will be included in our catalog. The tricky thing for delivering these crops is the difference in growing times. The quickest crop can be closed up for delivery in as little as 4 days while others can take as long as 7-8 days. Thus the planting matrix must be established to plant the proper mix of seeds to all mature at the same time so our delivery will be of plants at the same stage of growth.
Earlier this year, we produced our first living microgreen product. After a run of several hundred units, we discovered some issues with our first iteration that we delivered and incorporated a lot of feedback to bring to you living microgreens 2.0.
Here are actual photos of a package of red arrow microgreens in our new packaging. We are currently testing other crops and will be delivering the first units for sale this coming week. Notice that we are now using a sea solid nutrient source and we will have more on this in another blog coming soon. Delivering LIVE Microgreens from store to table raises the bar for FRESH !!!
Another idea on what to do with a crop of microgreens. Trying to max out the Vitamin K profile so we came up with this blend of great ingredients for a summertime treat. We were trying to make a takeoff on cole slaw to create a cold side dish rather than a salad. Behold our Super Food Side ...
We took some young kale as the base ingredient to start the dish. Chopped the kale into small pieces and added chopped red onion and green bell pepper. Harvested some red garnett amaranth, white leaf amaranth and purple sprouting broccoli microgreens cut into 1/2" lengths. Took some sea asparagus and cut into smaller sections. We then took a couple of spoons of mayo and added a spoon of capers with the juice (the mayo and capers combine to give this the creamy texture of the coleslaw). Tossed it in a bowl and added some radish and more red amaranth and a stalk of sea asparagus to garnish ... really refreshing side with an incredibly unique taste. Vary the ingredients to taste, but include as many of these superfoods that you can ... big time nutrition in a small side !!!
Our third new Square Inch Garden is aptly named Field of Greens. You will need to look closely at this photo as there are actually 4 varieties of microgreens represented in this incredibly robust garden. The FOG garden consists of Pak Choi, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Golden Acre Cabbage and Kale. This could actually be labeled as a super food mix when you look at what is in the kit. Like all our kits, there are 4 distinct packages of seeds so you can mix and match to create your own garden patch of greens. This FOG garden was done like the other two previous in that each seed was planted in quadrant sketched out on the media and seeded as each square.
You may choose to use our four square method or you could simply mix in several and create a mix, like broccoli and kale or western and eastern cabbage. You could plant 1/2 a tray of each or you could mix them all up or ??? FOG Square Inch Garden is available now in our web store.
Our second Square Inch Garden we call the Radish Patch ... included in this mix are Sango, White Stem, Red Stem and Red Arrow radishes. This is a great mix that grows fast and tall while providing spectacular color to your dishes and an impressive zing to your tasebuds !!!
The first photo is our garden after just 7 days of growth ... this view shows the Sango Radish on the right and White Stem radish on the left. The sango provides the deepest coloration of the radish patch while the Red Stem and Red Arrow provide pinkish red stems to the mix. This second kit is now available for purchase in our store - Radish Patch Garden.
When I first posted the pics of our Amaranth Squared kits immediate feedback was "how beautiful the colors looked" or "it looks like a work of art." We had started to create our contest offering but decided that we wanted to get as many participants as possible.
So to this end, here are the new details to our contest open to all. Our contest will be open to all with the only requirement being the "art" be done with living microgreens. Not cut and arranged or any other plants, just microgreens planted in any sort of media. No limit to amount of entries or types of microgreens as we want to see what our readers can come up with. The contest will run till the end of August and we would like permission to post your pictures on our site. Contest will be judged by our staff and winners will be notified by email.
There will be three winners chosen and each will get their choice of our new square inch garden kits and highlighting on the web as true Artists with Food ... Contest is now officially open, send your best pics to email@example.com
This is the first in a series of three new kits that will be unveiled and sold now on our web store. This is our Amaranths Squared Square Inch garden. Consisting of both red garnet amaranth and white leaf amaranth (chinese spinach). This photo was taken at 7 days from seed to photo.
The red amaranth is a great source of Vit K while the white has more iron and calcium than normal spinach. The red actually has the taste of earthy beets. This new square inch garden not only has spectacular looks but is super nutritious.
This kit will go on sale later today for $15 for a 2 crop kit. It includes enough seeds and media to grow out two complete square inch gardens as pictured. You can let your creative juices flow and create a microgreen painting with your seeds. Submit your pictures of this kit and and we will award another square inch garden to the best submission. It only takes a week or so to see your finished product so order now and get going ....
I thought I'd share a picture of part of our growing space to give you ideas on creating a unique Microgreen Farm. We have taken several store bought racks and converted them to hold our trays and kits. The smaller rack on the right is where we germinate our trays in standard seed trays. These trays when inverted create the dark environment needed to germinate the seeds. The larger rack is our window facing grow area with supplemental cfl lighting. The lighting is over the counter but have been chosen for high K rating to allow better growing action (6500K rated) which allows me to have a good amount of grow time, normally 16hrs a day.
Seeds and supplies are stored under this area and along the far wall where we have additional germinating areas since we have at our disposal another growing location should we need it. There is enough capacity in this little setup to grow enough for personal use and for our commercial accounts since deliveries are staggered during the week. Grow out times on most crops are in the 6-7 day area so this makes this an ideal scheduling system.
We will be showing in the next few days several new kits based on our square inch garden kit concept. The first pic was taken today of the garden we call the "Radish Patch" - picture today is the garden four days from initial seeding.
This new kit is a mix or Red Arrow Radish, Red Stem Radish, Sango Radish, and White Stem Radish. The patch should be ready to go in a few more days ... stay tuned for more pics and kits ...
Just wanted to share our Square Inch garden before harvest. It has grown out for 10 full days from seed and the results are awesome, and equally delicious. Colors and textures were amazing and growth was really good in our wondersoil based kit.
Red garnet amaranth, golden acre cabbage, giant mustard and thai basil in this first garden. We have planted out some new one featuring more amaranth, radishes, and a super food garden. There will be a 2 garden starter and 5 crop chefs kit offered next week with different crop configurations. We will have preorders available in a few days. Contact us for pre-release interest and options.