Long a european and asian favorite, the young pea plant stem, leaves and tendrils known as pea shoots are quickly becoming a darling for those looking for new sources of nutrients and amazing taste and textures. Disrtibuted food production at its best, our micro farm unit will provide a nice supply of pea shoots that you grow and harvest right in your home, bringing a farm to your windowsill.
The nutritional benefits from pea shoots are truly amazing. Did you know that pea shoots provides more than seven times the Vitamin C of blueberries and four times the Vitamin A of tomatoes. They are also an amazing source of Vitamin K where one cup provides 66% of the daily value as prescribed for adults.
Our pea plants are specially bred to provide pea shoots with graceful tendrils and leaves. You harvest the shoots by cutting just above the second leaf on the plant and the plants will branch another set of tendrils and leaves to harvest. Typically you will get multiple shoots from every plant in your tray. One tray will provide you an ongoing supply of pea shoots bringing a farm to your windosill. We recommend a pre soak of the peas and you should be ready to harvest your first shoot in 8-10 days.
The Grow to Eat Pea Shoot Kit contains supplies for three complete crops of peas specially bred for tendrils and shoots. Also included is our Grow to Eat self watering trays for easy windowsill farming. The WonderSoil coco peat compressed growing media is specially blended and contains worm castings, trace minerals and kelp to promote superior plant growth. Pea seeds are all Non GMO. All supplies are sourced from US suppliers.
You can purchase it here.
We have talked a lot about the process of growing microgreens but have rarely given you a glimpse of how we use them. Our new Grow to Eat kits provide a great vehicle for growing microgreens and this particular tray has our tasty salad mix (broccoli, kale, arugula, kohlrabi and cabbage). This particular tray was ready to be harvested at 8 days from seed to our table.
We made a southern style ham and bean soup (leftover christmas ham bone) with a kale and red cabbage salad. My son and I used half of the tray to garnish both the soup and salad to get our dose of microgreens. Incidentally, we harvested and used the remaining half on our salad tonight.
Our self watering trays make for really great way to grow microgreens. We take a 4-6 serving per tray measure depending on the crop. We are creating deluxe home kits that will give you 2 servings a day with continuous production (5 growing systems) one that gives you 4-6 servings a day (10 growing systems) depending on your family size. Both kits include a supplemental LED grow light that we use to actually grow out our trays. Kits will be available this weekend in our store.
Our self watering microgreen Grow to Eat kits are being used in many restaurants and resorts in Mumbai, Maui and soon coming to Moscow. We are offering a starter kit with supplies and an LED grow light that can be used to create an eye catching display of your fresh microgreen crops waiting to use.
The introduction of freshly grown microgreens right in your establishment can make quite a statement to your customers. Fresh and clean microgreens to give them the finest in taste and nutrition. Zero miles and farm to fork rolled into one!
This kit contains 10 self watering growing trays (reusable), enough supplies to grow out 30 trays of assorted microgreens, "rain" head bottle topper for moistening the seeds for initial germination, seed spreader for ease of seeding, one 7" LED grow light that could be put over 2-3 trays for display purposes and grow lighting. We will provide detailed instructions and ideas for display. Contact us directly for custom orders and consultation for your particular installation.
Large installations like the Andaz Delhi have several hundred trays going at once that allows their chefs to have access to the finest nutrition and visual components for their customers. Join the Grow to Eat revolution and up the bar for nutrition and visual highlights to your dishes!
Nasturtiums are all the rage with their beautiful edible flowers gracing so many dishes and salads. But did you know that the little stems and flowers are also edible. Known earlier as "Indian Cress" the edible plant had the peppery flavor of cress.
Nasturtium also have medicinal uses as the microgreens have a high content of Vit C and iron, while the leaves also have antibiotic properties that peak before the plant flowers. Because of these properties, the inclusion of these nasturtium microgreens can help with things like sore throats, common colds and bacterial and fungal infections.
Our Nasturtium Microgreen Kit is available now.
Taking our original SIP design, Linesh Pillai from Urban Green Fate Farms in India has engineered a breakthrough product for microgreen growing. The product has been used in schools, institutions, restaurants and high end resorts to provide “zero carbon greens” from seed to fork in 7 to 10 days. No transportation or chemicals so you get guaranteed fresh nutrition, you cannot get any fresher than “grow to eat”.
The “Grow to Eat” kit provides our innovative microgreen growing system (2 piece bottom wicking tray system) and includes 3 sprouting seed packets of our Non GMO Salad Mix (broccoli, kale, arugula, cabbage, kohlrabi and mustard). The growing media is provided by 2 Wonder Soil organic wafers which is enough coir based “soil” for 3 full trays as pictured). The kits are manufactured in India and contain US sourced non GMO seeds and US produced compressed coir Wonder Soil to complete it. We have included a supplemental instruction sheet on the reverse side of the packaging and provide internet based support and help.
One of the biggest hurdles for the microgreen grower is the watering of these tiny plants. Our Grow to Eat kits allow the plants to "sip" the proper amount of water without any work other than keeping water in the lower tray. The kits contain enough supplies to grow three complete trays as pictured. Ready to eat in 7-10 days! Not only the freshest but most nutritionally rich food you can get!
Now available online in our web store and soon in selected stores and distributors. Contact us for more info.
Our new Grow to Eat Microgreen systems are delivering superior nutrition and farm to fork freshness to restaurants in India. The most publicized installation is in the Andaz Delhi's Anna Maya restaurant that now features microgreens grown and harvested right in the restaurant.
This second new installation is for the Olive Bar and Kitchen, Bandra West, Mumbai which is under construction now. The location will feature fresh microgreens grown in this on premise microgreen farm that will showcase our super efficient Grow to Eat Microgreen systems.
We are getting ready for the holiday season and today are proud to introduce our new web store where we will be introducing our SIP grow system in the next few days. Our system will feature our bottom self watering design in an easy to grow system that will take a lot of the uncertainty in growing microgreens. We think these new kits will be the hit of the holiday season!
Today though, we want to introduce our new internet store ... click through to see our kits and equipment.
Our newest crop is probably our brightest. These Detroit red beets are spectacular in taste and visually stunning. The beets have proven to be fast growing (12-21 days) and produce one of the most visually stunning microgreens we grow.
These tiny powerhouses contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K along with Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc. Trace Elements, and antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and natural detoxification properties. The red pigment found in beets and also the leafy Detroit red beets, called Lycopene, is believed to reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
Great fun to grow and consume, our red beet microgreens will be a hit. Kits now available here.
With all of our choices of microgreens we now offer a mix of several quick growing, spicy tasting microgreens that allow you to add to your dishes, toppings and salads an instant variety for your dishes. The seed mix will be available to grow in kits featuring our great new indoor LED light for growing over the winter or indoor season. The addition of the LED will keep you in crops all year long.
The spicy mix features a blend of broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, arugula, red cabbage and mustards. This great looking assortment is not only visually appealing due to the blends or purples, reds, and greens but stimulating due to the distinct flavors imparted by this diverse mix. Extremely fast growing choice as we like to harvest this at 6 days. You can harvest as early as 5 days or let them grow our for up to 10. Photos below are at 6-7 days versus the top photo at 5 days.
We have visited using low lighting levels to grow microgreens in an earlier blog and now find and offer what we call a Micro Lighting environment to grow out microgreen crops. In a previous blog we visited the idea of growing microgreens and how a low light environment can be effective. An extension to that work is now a product we call the MicroLED grow light system.
The system revolves around an 3w micro LED unit with matching power supply. We took some raw measures to compare this unit to our normal CFL growing racks that we use. Our CFL units are multiple 26w units in reflectors. We measured the light intensity with a simple lux meter and obtained a centered maximum 15,000lux reading on our CFL lights at a distance of about 7" from the microgreens leaves. Our MicroLED unit had a reading of 1,500lux at approximately 3". So simply taking these raw measures we are comparing intensities that are 10 times more with the CFL's.
Now on the the actual growing of the microgreens. We immediately noticed the better growth from our MicroLED units. Here are some pictures of actual methi microgreens at 10 days of growth along with some other crops done so far. The results are dramatic and actually make a case for more work on using the MicroLED's on other crops. The initial MicroLED grow kits are now available now for you to try.
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