Grow Your Own and know that you have a Non GMO food. Simple yes, check out our GYO kits to ensure what you eat is live and vital. Grow your own microgreens so you get enhanced nutrition while enjoying tending your farm right in your home or apartment.
There is no disputing that broccoli and kale are superfoods by any measure. These nutritional powerhouses have proven to be highly effective versus cancers and cardio vascular diseases. By adding nutrients to your diet through natural and live sources you provide these essentials nutrients the way nature intended.
Researchers have also shown that microgreens can provide anywhere from three to forty times the amount of these vital nutrients versus their mature forms you buy in the supermarket. Not only are microgreens far more potent, but by GYO, you ensure the absolute finest fresh and live food available anywhere!
As promised last week, here is our followup post chronicling our two crops started last week. The growth has been astounding and the development of the leaves and flavors outstanding. Here are the photos from today at exactly 7 days from planting on our hydroponic mat. Proper watering was easily accomplished as simple visual inspection allowed us to maintain a constant pool of water for the root systems.
The photos below show what the crops look like after 3 days when we first exposed the plants to light and the top row was taken today showing what the microgreens look like at one week.
We are now doing a finishing grow by placing our trays under some blue LED lights for another 3 days to accentuate the colors and nutritional content of the Pak Choi microgreens. We should have part three later this week so you can then see the entire process. We will have hydroponic kits available before the end of the month that will allow you to grow these amazing crops.
In our search for methods of growing microgreens we have tried multiple approaches and it appears we may have finally found an approach that works well. We are using a natural fiber mat that is produced in the US and is sustainable. The binder used is FDA approved.
We are testing our configuration presently with just water and also a liquid nutrient to boost growth. Initial results are good and we have decided to offer kits based on the hydroponic system. It simplifies the growing process as water level is easily achieved by visual examination of your grow tray.
Here are photos of two crops of our purple pak choi hybrids that are both quick to grow and highly nutritious. These photos are of the seeds after three days of germination in low light. We will grow them out for 7-10 days and followup with a post next week of the final product.
In our search for better crops, we have combined one of the most nutritionally dense vegetables in a hybrid with color as a marker for further benefits.
Pak Choi is one of the most nutritionally dense vegetables as measured by the ANDI Scale (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index). Pak Choi microgreens contain even more density per unit of weight (studies by USDA scientists show anywhere from 3-40 times the density of key nutrients).
Now consider that anthocyanins have shown to be another step in creating healing or wellness functions in our food. A reliable marker for anthocyanin content is red or purplish coloration in vegetables.
So here is our newest specialty kit for micro farming wellness, Purple Pak Choi hybrid. Kits will be available this week on our www.urbafresh.com website. Looking great, tasting great and giving your body a dose of feeling great!
Our last blog entry highlighted upland cress and pointed out that it was one of the most nutrient dense microgreens to be found. We highlighted how microgreens by their nature are superior to the mature plant matter because of the exceptional concentration or nutrient density within the small structure of the microgreen.
Earlier information led us to coloration as one of the markers for powerful compounds (anthocyanins) that have shown positive effects on cardio vascular disease, cancer and can boost cognitive function. Further research has shown that you can enhance compounds in plants by exposing them to different wavelengths of light. We noted the effect of blue LED lights had on the tested vegetables.
We attempted to see if we could duplicate these results on our simple microgreen system here. Again, the last blog highlighted growing out our upland cress microgreens so we built a grow bench that provided our blue LED lighting to grow out our microgreens. The photos here show the results of growing out our cress for a six week period and using the blue lighting for the last two weeks on the tray on the right side. Notice the enhanced purplish color of the right tray. I do believe now that a final finishing grow for a week or so on our standard growing crops should enhance the nutritional compounds available in our microgreens.
In searching for microgreens that can deliver nutrition and taste we found a great little tool provided by Whole Foods for their shoppers. Their ANDI (Aggregate Nutrional Data Index) is an attempt to quantify all sorts of nutrients contained in foods. A good discussion on the method and interpretation can be found here. Even with shortcomings, it is interesting to note that answers to this question also were also arrived at by taking a measure of what they isolated as the 17 powerhouse nutrients and ranked the 41 most nutrient dense fruits and vegatables.
Sitting at the top of both lists was watercress and our microgreen of the day, upland cress. A large European and American supplier of micro vegies, Kopperts Cress finds "Upland Cress has more vitamin C than oranges, and more vitamin A than broccoli! It is said that Upland Cress can be used as a cancer preventative since it is rich in antioxidants.In the old world, Upland Cress was used to heal wounds since it has an abundance of Vitamin E, iron and calcium. During colonial times, it was consumed in the winter, when its natural full bloom was most effective for warding off scurvy."
Our new Super Cress kits provide you with home grown super nutrition on a year round basis. Kits come in two sizes, starter and deluxe and contain all the supplies needed to get growing.
The Mighty Micro Romaine lettuce is amazing. To give you a sense of how the micro crop grows we put together pictures today of the crop all the way from seeding to the first true leaves. The romaine can be harvested anywhere from 10-20 days of growing and the tray should allow for multiple crops as you harvest it. Finally you can simply put all of the remaining soil and seed from your micro produce crop into your garden to grow out more lettuce! Mighty Micro Romaine Indeed!
Kits are ready to ship, see listing on our home page for orders.
Our Might Micro Romaine is now on store shelves. Delivered this week to Down to Earth, Maui. These new live romaine lettuce microgreens have proven to have great taste and texture while delivering superior nutrient content. Shelf life of at least 7-10 days makes this a great product.
Our normal growing time on our microgreens is in the 7-10 day area. Today we'd like to highlight a few of our longer grown out micro produce. You can see the more defined primary leaves on all these crops and wonderfully deep coloration. You can only see the photos, but believe me the tastes are more intense also!
We are packaging several of these in our kits that will be rolling out this weekend. Note that with the much longer growing times, the addition of nutrients in our growing media is essential for great produce.
The three basils in particular have great primary leaves that you can see are simply small basil leaves, the flavor pop from these micro plants adds a real zing to dishes. One of our restaurants here uses the basils on deserts, especially on sherberts. The red komatsuna is a hybrid spinach and mustard with some of the most interesting and beautiful leaves of anything we produce. The flavor is extremely refreshing and clean. Just a wonderful garnish.
We are pleased to unveil our newest and most complete MicroFarm kit. Our new kit has all of the tools and supplies that we have been highlighting in our recent blogs. Our new kits are based on our larger growing trays (measure approx 6 1/2" square) and come complete with all the necessary tools and supplies for growing multiple crops of MicroProduce right in the home.
Our kits have our custom blended coir based growing media that includes both worm castings and kelp. Our newly highlighted hydration bags will allow for simple hydration of the wafers and storage of any unused media. Also recently highlighted is our seed spreader that efficiently allows for optimal seeding of any of our included Non GMO seeds.
The kits are now available at Urbafresh.com and our etsy store. We provide complete instruction and support via emails and downloads.
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