For the last decade the privilege of incorporating microgreens into cuisine has been reserved for high-end restaurants and the individuals who have chosen to grow them on their own. Microgreens have been an integral part of haute cuisine in California, New York and more recently Chicago for a while now. These are the same intensely flavorful and healthy baby versions of mature vegetables we offer to our customers be they professionals or amateurs.
Vegetables are good for you right? Well, the way they are grown now in large-scale commercial agriculture undermines this supposition unfortunately. There are multiple sources that negatively impact the health of our produce. Pesticides and herbicides are the most obvious issues.
Farmers have always had to adapt to changing environs. The pace of that change has taken on new meaning though with the temperature and weather changes resulting from climate change. Some people still like to deny that the planet is truly warming up but the fact that the plant zone hardiness map has been revised shows that experts acknowledge this fact.
For argument’s sake let’s just say you don’t go to your local farmers market because you grow great vegetables in your backyard or something. Well, you are still missing out. The farmers market is about more than local food and other local purchases. It is about community and civic engagement too.