Evergarden Farm™
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Microgreens
Baby greens and seedlings, too!

One of our specialties is microgreens and culinary herbs for personal, institutional and commercial use. Microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs typically harvested less than 14 days after germination. They are usually about 1-3 inches tall and come in a rainbow of colors, which has made them popular with chefs in recent years as garnishes and flavor enhancers, and with nutritionists as "superfoods" that improve dietary variety and potency.

We also instruct home growers. Inquire about class schedules and support services.

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Numerous varieties are available by special order. Lead time averages two weeks. Clockwise from top: purple sango radish, hong vit radish, five-seed salad blend, red amaranth.

Nutrition

Researchers have found microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts. Although nutritional claims about microgreens abound on the Internet, this study is the first scientific evaluation of their nutritional content. Researchers say they were astonished by the results. (MORE)

Microgreens, in addition to their strong flavors, are also lauded for their health benefits, which can vary depending on the type of microgreen. (MORE)

Evergarden is unable to independently verify nutritional and health benefits. However, we believe that microgreens are a valuable nutritional supplement; we grow them with pride; and we eat them ourselves.

Some of the most popular types of microgreens include: Arugula; Chives; Mizuna; Chard; Cabbage; Beets; Cilantro; Mint; Garden Cress; Sunflower; Kale; Parsley; Dill; Orach; Carrots; Celery; Basil; Chia; Mustard; Fennel; Amaranth; Radish (several varieties); Watercress.

According to the Website DrAxe.com (2017) the following are the ten "best" or most popular microgreens.

Chives √
These flavorful tidbits enhance any dish.
Broccoli √
Cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, are super nutrient-dense foods and can supplement your diet with tons of vitamins, minerals and health benefits.
Radish √
Numerous varieties are available, each with a unique flavor.
Sunflower
There are numerous benefits of sunflower microgreens, including their rich nutrient content. They are especially high in zinc, folate and vitamin E.
Mizuna √
As a popular ingredient in many microgreen mixes, mizuna has a mild taste and can be easily incorporated into a variety of dishes.
Beets √
The vibrant red and purple stems of beet microgreens can brighten up just about any dish and make a great garnish.
Kale √
This superfood is brimming with vitamin C, an essential nutrient that can help boost immunity and help keep you healthy.
Basil √
Full of flavor, this herb is great for bumping up the taste of everything from pasta dishes to salads.
Chia √
With plenty of protein, healthy fats and fiber, chia is packed with nutrients and is one of the healthiest microgreens available.
Garden Cress √
This microgreen is incredibly versatile and is an excellent way to spice up sandwiches, soups and salads.
Availability
Items marked by √ are available through Garden of Eden Urban Farming or its affiliates.

Availability

While they have been available for quite some time in health food stores and some specialty farmers markets, microgreens have recently become more widely available in local groceries. Their increasing popularity is due partly to their ability to pack a lot of flavor in a small amount, as well as their flexibility in being included in a dish. Mix them to create a small, flavorful, colorful and delicately textured salad, or use only one or two varieties to give a plate a final touch. Evergarden strives to make these dietary, nutritional and flavorful "superfoods" widely available in its marketing territories.

Purchasing Microgreens

Evergarden's regular offerings include arugula, garnet mustard, daikon radish, red stem radish, pak choi (AKA bok choi), pea shoots, sorrel, purple radish, basil (standard, opal, purple, compact), ..., plus a group of mixed greens for building your salad edifice. We both sell through farmers markets and produce to order.

Our online order form (COMING SOON, [draft]) includes unit pricing and lead times for popular species. Volume or recurring orders may enable discounts. Join our site to be kept informed of new developments.
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