Microgreens are a popular health food, and for good reason: they are more nutrient dense than their fully mature counterparts. A US study examined nutrient levels of 25 microgreen varieties and found they typically had higher levels per gram of vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenoids than mature crops.
This means that just a few servings of microgreens in your diet can really help boost your health.
The microgreens range from Leaf Produce is spray-free, and grown in the glorious natural daylight of the Bay of Islands, rather than LED or fluorescent lights, which is the industry standard. No wonder our microgreens are bursting with flavour, with all that lovely light!
Find our microgreens at local Kerikeri markets
Here are the microgreen varieties we currently sell at local markets in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands:
- Curly Leaf Cress
- Green Broccoli
- Komatsuna Red Leaf
- Pea Shoots (also known as pea feathers or pea tendrils)
- Red Cabbage
- Red Radish Rambo.
Full microgreens range as at November 2019
Here’s what we can grow to order for you – please note that the varieties with an asterisk (*) next to them are grown to order:
* = grown to order. Lead times vary according to the microgreen variety, and the time of year – please contact me for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
More microgreens varieties coming soon!
Each of these microgreens are said to have different health benefits. Here’s a PDF (230KB) that outlines how each of these may help you.
The microgreen range from Leaf Produce is sold as follows:
- Compostable punnets or pots: $3 each
- Large seed trays for $15 inc. GST ($13.04 exc. GST) – which includes a $2 refundable tray fee, so if you return the tray promptly, it’s just $13 inc. GST ($11.30 exc. GST).
All prices include GST. Prices may change without prior notice, unless you’re a regular commercial customer.
Why buy microgreens as living plants?
- Longer shelf life.
- The flavour is retained.
- Nutrients are retained.
- No single use plastic packaging. (The small punnets are made from starch and very compostable; and the larger plastic trays are reused.)
How to care for your living microgreens
Keep your microgreens on a tray on a windowsill or kitchen bench. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or shady – they can tolerate a wide range of conditions. But do remember to give them a little bit of water every day. Top watering (i.e. pouring the water from the top) is fine, as is bottom watering.
Are your microgreens growing too fast? You can pause their growth by popping them into a cardbox box in the fridge. Most varieties (other than basil) will tolerate this. Just make sure they don’t dry out, and give a little water every few days.
As with all produce, wash your microgreens before use. And don’t eat the seed or the soil, just the leaves and stems are tasty… Enjoy!
Can’t make it to the markets? You’re welcome to buy microgreens directly from me at my farm (1.5km from Kerikeri CBD), just email me: email@example.com
Fridays are a good day for pick ups; you’ll get the pick of my market stock. Or if you’d like me to grow something especially for you, just let me know. Depending on the microgreen varieties you need, the lead time is generally 1-2 weeks (though some varieties may take longer).
Cornelia – the grower at Leaf Produce
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