Let me recap our experiment on unlocking the growth and nutrition of our microgreens. We conducted experiments after much research showing how powerful just the addition of trace elements could be in the process. We found a product and conducted tests and here are results of the two main experiments using our sea solids. Picture at left shows two identical hydroponic setups using our growing mats and the only difference was using our sea solid fertilizer on the right. Picture 2 shows an even more pronounced difference with the left side being raised in our gold standard WonderSoil and the right being just a hydro mat and sea solids solution. What you cannot see is the extreme difference in the taste of and vibrancy in our produce.
While introducing our hydroponic microgreen products to one vegan Chef Eilijah from Hawaiian Superfoods (pictured at left is an amazing papaya seed apple salad topped with our sango radish microgreens) we got into a conversation that led me to read more and find that there are exists multiple products that contain trace elements that are consumed to provide wellness for people. So long story short, we have now started bottling a solution similar to trace mineral products now produced and on the shelves of health food stores (even found one in our local Whole Foods). The effects on microgreens are now well documented. See our new Sea Solid Full Spectrum Trace Elements website to read more and see the new products.
Here are pictures of a new delivery today. These radishes have taken less than 7 days to fill the containers ... as a point of reference, the tray lip stands 2 5/8" tall, the taller radish microgreens are 5"-6" high and are growing with nothing but our Full Spectrum Sea Solid fertilizer.
We have gotten excellent results with just the fertilizer, but you can use it to augment your current growing amendments. The introduction of the full spectrum of minerals and nutrients unlocks the full potential of the wonderful microgreens. You can go to our Sea Solids site for more information and order packages of the fertilizer mix either there or in our online store.
OK ... yesterday our pic of the day gave you quite a show ... today our microgreens are more than ready to be harvested. The plants are almost ready to shoot off the first true leaves, so at this point the microgreens are at their absolute peak of flavor and nutrition. Note the deep colors now coming into the stems and how big the initial leaves are getting ... I can attest to the intense flavor that our sea solid fertilized microgreens possess.
Note that I have had to increasingly shoot the pics from further away due to the size of the microgreens. A good gauge would be to imagine the perspective by the size of the container in the pics ... you can almost see the radish growing and me backing up to fit them all in!!! let me add one more comment ... the flavor is AMAZING !!!
Thought you might enjoy seeing what one day of growth in our extreme microgreen setup looks like. This setup is using both our WonderSoil with worm castings and our Sea Solids Full Spectrum Microgreen fertilizer to create a great growing environment for our red arrow radish microgreens.
First shot is of the tray from yesterday which was the emergent 5 days from seed ... second shot is after less than 24 hours elapsed and you can see how incredible the growth rate has been. Note it is not only the height, but look at how the leaves are starting to spread and the stems that are getting thicker and colored. The growth is even more pronounced if you look at the size of the base, the microgreens grew out over 1" in height in ONE DAY!!!
Feedback and results are the keys to success for any product or process. In this case, one of our customers tried both the hydroponic kits and wondersoil kits and is having great success with the wondersoil. SO I experimented with using our sea solid fertilizer with the wondersoil ... look what happened !!! 5 DAYS from planting to picture ....
This has led to a rethink on what our home kits will be going forward. I will create changes in the kits this week and they are going to be wondersoil + sea solid fertilizer for our starter kits. Our more advanced growers might want to attempt using our hydroponic kits as they are trickier to grow, but will provide exceptional production using straight hydroponic methods. One twist that the wondersoil kits will introduce will be the simplifying of the growing process. No longer will you need to put the kit in a dark environment, our process now calls for a light cover using the wondersoil so that will keep the seeds in the dark for germination.
Watch this week for the new kits to hit the store ...
With the recent spate of articles on the benefits of eating certain vegetables like Broccoli that may have an effect on autism symptoms and Kale as a genuine super food; we have repackaged our microgreens to reflect this new reality in the raw food area. Microgreens in general concentrate the benefits from the full vegetable into wonderfully delicate and flavorful ways to ingest raw nutrition. Our process turns them into "Super Greens".
Our microgreens add the total spectrum (90+) minerals and nutrients found in sea solids as our fertilizer and the end product is what we are calling "Super Greens". Not only are our Microgreens organic and live, but are unparalleled in their carrying a dose of trace minerals and nutrients within. The taste and color of our product raises the bar and is unique in the microgreen world.
Thanks to my bad instructions included with our new kits, one of our customers, Gloria Mendes actually led me to solve one of our problems with the live trays that we are now selling. Gloria inadvertently inverted the trays and used the tall top as the growing bottom, you can see in the photos what I mean. Because the tops were ventilated, this gave rise to a simple method of bottom watering that was not available before AND allowed the radishes to grow taller and fuller without the packaging constraints. Here are photos of our new live trays for taller crops.
The clamshell container next to the new trays is going to be used for samples, but also illustrates the amount of microgreens contained in this one live container. I harvested a sister tray and packaged in the clamshell to how just how full the one container is. Thanks again to Gloria for discovering a unique solution to our packaging ....
We have been selling our microgreen growing kits for a while now and notice that there is a disturbing consistency to these sales. We know that the lack of reorders means one of two things. Either our buyer has gotten it and has started merrily down the road of microgreen farming OR the experiment failed and they have abandoned the kits. It has been an aim of MicrogreenFarm from the very beginning to get as many people adding this great source of fresh food to their diets and by not having many followup sales of media and seeds we have been trying to come up with a better way.
We have decided to create a community of home microgreen growers to support efforts of individuals by creating a go to area for answers and supplies. This group will be called the MicrogreenFarm Growers Alliance. Entry into the alliance will be accomplished by purchasing our new Alliance membership and supply kit.
The new kit features our standard hydroponic supplies to allow any grower to get going producing the best fresh microgreens for your family use. This kit has supplies for two initial crops of microgreens to get started. This is where the magic begins as purchase of these kits will include a password to our new members only Alliance website. The website will include discussion areas, tips, introduction of new items first and a monthly feature introducing a new variety or mix of seeds that can be purchased to grow in this basic kit. Members will also have access to the alliance store that will have supplies and special offers at discounts to our normal retail pricing.
This inclusive strategy is to foster active use of our microgreen products and ensure success for members. The website will go live this week and the initial member kits are now featured in our online store and are ready to ship. Join our new Alliance for MicrogreenFarm Growers now and start on your personal journey to the absolute freshest and most nutritious punch to your meals !!!
Just wanted to share with you today something really spectacular that is happening with our Full Spectrum Sea Solids for Microgreens ... I had to cut these fellas today as they were TOO tall after 9 days .... just blew me away and you can see these are still microgreens as no true leaves are emerging yet. They taste like a daikon radish with a hint of salt.
Would also like to share a hint from #ethel who found that you could harvest a portion of your tray, put the cover on it and place in refrigerator. This allows you to enjoy your fresh microgreens over an extended time very similar to our astounding shelf life we are getting in our live trays in the store. She has used this trick to coax three or four meals from the one tray and always obtaining the freshest you can get since the plants are still living.
A quick teaser for all you aspiring microgreen farmers out there, we will be unveiling a Microgreen of the Month Club that will give you access to great deals and a new featured crop each month. You will purchase your initial materials and then once a month after that have access to new seeds. The club will have a private website with tips, discussions and access to a members only store featuring discounted materials ... stay tuned this weekend for more info !!!
When we first delivered our new LIVE trays we knew we had something special. We did not realize just how special our new techniques and containers were. Today marked 3 weeks exactly since I put the first trays in produce section of our local Down to Earth store. We removed this remaining tray not because it was going bad, but because it was going too good !!! The red arrow radishes had filled the container and was pushing the top like it wanted to escape ...
Picture #1 shows the Red Arrow Microgreens that we delivered on Day 1. Picture #2 shows display in the store at about 10 days (the Red Arrow is front and center right under the Kohlrabi). Picture #3 is the tray after I took the top off to let the microgreens out today - 3 WEEKS to the day !!! WOW, unprecedented shelf life.
Note that the plants are still in microgreen stage and not yet with the true leaves emerging so the taste and nutritional level are at maximum levels. Our organic sea solid fertilizer adds a unique flavor to this spectacular crop and with the stunningly vivid colors we believe we have upped the bar on nutritional content from these little guys ... double WOW, colors and flavor deliver a nutritional punch !!!