Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The second season begins!

Even tho' there is still snow around, the Wily Carrot has had its first harvest! The farm is trying microgreens this year. Microgreens are tiny edible greens grown from the seeds of vegetable and herb plants, ranging in size from 1 to 2 inches long. Used as a garnish and flavor component, they are popular amongst chefs and foodies!
        The first round of microgreens started under lights in the house.  Since each variety requires different growing times, light requirements and harvesting techniques, a lot of experimentation is necessary to get everything sorted out!
                   The red plants in the back is amaranyth which is mainly used for its beautiful color.  PacChoi is in the front and adds a nice bite to a microgreen mix.
                      Radishes are the fastest growing microgreen that we grow and add a sharp, distinct flavor to the Asian microgreen mix we sell.  They also have beautiful pink stems which look great on a plate!

                                        This is one of the first ready-to-eat mixes which include amaranyth, radish, pac choi, and arugula..

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The WC is CNG!

The farm has just been Certified Naturally Grown!  CNG is a grassroots alternative to the Certified Organic program for farmers who use organic principles.  It's a community-based program where, following an application process, local farmers inspect your farm to ensure that you are farming in a sustainable manner, without the use of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides. 

You can find the organization, and other farms who are Certified Naturally Grown, at Certified Naturally Grown.