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Family & Friends Microgreens Club
One of our ways to get fresh flavours throughout the winter months is growing microgreens. With 4 to 5 times more nutrition than their mature counterparts, it doesn’t take a lot to pack in the vitamins, minerals, protein and more, along with great taste. We eat these pretty well everyday in everything from soups and salads, to smoothies and sandwiches. My favourite is a simple mixed-microgreens salad with olive oil and a little black pepper. Can’t beat the freshness!
We have started a small club with family and friends to share the cost of microgreen seeds, soil, trays, electricity, etc. In our club, everyone pays a small amount and gets the equivalent of a full 1020 tray every 2 weeks, usually with 3 or 4 varieties in their bag / container (supplied by member). We only use certified organic seeds and soil, which may cost a bit more, but much healthier and safer. Buying in bulk helps keep prices in line. Might be worth looking into for your own family and friends!
We will share some of our successes and failures as this project moves along. Below are some of the microgreens we have tried so far, along with what we will be growing next season, which goes from about mid September to mid July.
Rather hot out to be growing the microgreens right now, but we received our new seed order and are anxious to taste the new varieties that we will grow this year. The real growing starts in mid-September and ends at middle of next July, but we need to give them a taste to see what mixes might work well, by seeing which ones have similair growing times and which flavours would work well together.
They don’t all go into mixes of course. Two of the favourites last year were Pea shoots and Sunnies (sunflowers), which will keep on going, along with a few others.
Here are the new varieties just starting out (only 4 days old).