How to Harvest our Microgreens

Our microgreens are sold in a living state. Follow these simple care instructions to maximize their potential in your kitchen!

Harvest Instructions

  1. PEAK FRESHNESS: Our microgreen batches are grown to be ready for sale on Fridays and Saturdays; for deliveries and Farmers’ Markets! Plan to consume the living microgreens within 5-7 days after purchase for peak freshness.
  2. STORAGE of GROW PAD: On the day that you receive your microgreens, you can transfer the pad to a plate to keep on a countertop or in the refrigerator. It is also OK to leave in the compostable container, but please open the lid to encourage air circulation! Either way, you should plan to bottom water them a 1/8 of an inch within a few hours of purchase- see below!
  3. WATERING the LIVING MICROGREENS: If you are not going to harvest the product within four hours, bottom water under the grow pad and avoid getting water on the delicate leaves and stems of the microgreens. Only a small amount of water (a 1/8-1/4 inch) is required once or twice per day to moisten the roots. The microgreens will begin to lean over (instead of standing tall) if they are not receiving enough water.
  4. BEST BY DATE: The microgreens will continue to live until ready to harvest (as long as they continue to receive water), but it is advised that you harvest from the pad within three to five days after purchase (although the greens will continue to be fresh in an airtight refrigerator container after you harvest them)!
  5. HARVESTING: Please cut the microgreens 1/2 inch above the compostable coconut grow pad with clean kitchen scissors or a harvest knife. The grow pad can be discarded after use as the microgreens will not grow back.
  6. STORING CUT GREENS: Once harvested, you can keep the dry, cut microgreens in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another 3-5 days, just like a salad mix!
  7. RINSE AND PAT DRY: Rinse with water, vinegar, or a fruit and vegetable spray only when ready to eat! Pat dry before incorporating into your favorite meals!

What are root hairs?

When you look along the grow pad, you will see fine white cilia called ROOT HAIRS. Young plants develop root hairs through their grow medium in search of water and nutrients as they grow. They are similar in structure and function to the growth of capillaries in animals and mycelium in fungi! Do not be alarmed by their appearance- you will be cutting the microgreens above these roots and root hairs.

Fear not- these are the root hairs that are normally invisible to the human eye when plants are grown in dirt! You will be able to see these structures above and below our coconut grow pads!

Studies published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have found that broccoli microgreens contain up to 100 times MORE antioxidants and nutrients when compared with their mature counterparts!

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