In conjunction with the launch of our new MicroFarm ONE+ counter top micro farm, we have created a new system of live trays named "Pop & Grow" that can be sold in stores and can be grown in our new ONE+ system. "Pop & Grow" referring to popping off the humidity top and placing the trays in our countertop system to grow into specatcular greens. We are in the midst of crop testing but we have several nice examples to show you of crops that have proven to be well suited to this system.
The first one pictured is parsley with the seeded tray on the left and the grown out crop on the right. Once the seeds have germinated and are showing leaves (about 7-10 days), we cover the tray with our clear top to allow light to start the greening process and our cover keeps the humidity in the tray. The trays are then placed on shelves for sale and should remain in a good state for up to 10 days depending on the crop. This parsley is pictured at 3 weeks and can grow out for a couple more since you use very small quantities of this spectacular microgreen. Fast growing crops like our radishes will only stay in this state for 3 days or so, so the turnover of those microgreens must be rapid.
Trays that are no longer salable as our pregreening micro crops can then be put back in our production system to grow out and deliver premium microgreens. Intentionally some of the faster growing crops can also be used at point of sale displays while they are growing out since the ONE+ units have all the lighting necessary to grow out premium crops.
We will be posting more shots of herbs and other crops this week as we finalize this unit and the growing kits and processes. Watch for more info at our MicroFarm website. For those interested in commercial use of the process and equipment, please contact us directly through this site or the MicroFarm contact page.
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