If you are trying to “shop small,” microgreens might be an ideal place to start.
True Leaf Microgreens, owned and operated by Jasmine Richardson and Eric Franks in northern Chester County, is one of the more recognizable locally-grown items carried at Kimberton Whole Foods.
“One of the most rewarding parts of our job is watching our little ones pick off and eat leaves of baby spinach growing in the greenhouse,” Richardson said. “Whether it is for our family or our community, providing fresh, nutrient-dense greens gives us a feeling of joy and purpose.”
Their offerings include the ever-popular mixed salad and arugula varieties in 5 oz clamshells. They also sell wheatgrass, micro basil, and micro cilantro. Just a few months ago, sugar pea shoots made an appearance. True Leaf moved to 450 acres on Lundale Farm this past summer. “We are excited to start offering early heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers next spring,” she said. “As we expand, we will continue to specialize in fresh, tender greens. Next summer we hope to offer baby greens and larger cooking greens such as kale, chard and pak choi.”
Mixed salad and arugula are available year-round, since they are grown in climate-controlled greenhouses. These tiny edible plants – snipped when they grow an inch or two high – are sought after by many chefs for their nutrient density and many culinary uses. You can grow your own greens while utilizing very little space (e.g. windowsill).
Check out Richardson and Frank’s book, Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens.