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Week 10: Farewell to Leafy Greens, Hello Micro-Greens

Posted on July 29th, 2020 by Hana Newcomb

We have had a lot of questions about the earlybird sign up credit that folks were not seeing reflected in their accounts. Everyone who paid in full by April 15 has now received a $25 credit on their account. This credit can be used toward any extras you might want to purchase. You can add these to your order and they will be automatically deducted from your account. At some point in the not too distant future, we hope to have bulk quantities of tomatoes available, and that would be a wonderful way to use your credits!

Last winter I went to a workshop at one of the annual winter farming conferences and learned about growing micro-greens. For some reason, I was ready to pay attention. I think what caught my ear was the nutrient value of micro-greens. Those tiny little plants with just a couple of true leaves pack a huge punch. Baby kale and mustards have a concentrated level of vitamins, as well as great flavor.

So I decided that we would take the leap and learn to grow these fussy little plants. It takes someone with a lot of patience and an attention to detail--luckily we already had such a person on our crew. Foster has been practicing and revising and learning, and now we are actual producers of micro-greens. Our greenhouse has a shade cloth and fans, and Foster plants seeds with a salt shaker, carefully spreading an even layer over some fancy soil mix. The flats are stacked on top of each other, to press the seeds into the soil. Within a couple of weeks, the greens are ready to harvest. 

We plan to grow them during the months that there are no other greens (except chard) so our CSA customers will always have a little bit of kale in their salads and sandwiches. We hope you like them--they don't last long in the refrigerator so eat them soon! 

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