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Microgreens are essentially the seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs (not to be confused with sprouts) harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed (and possibly with one set of true leaves). Microgreens are most commonly used as a health food for nutrition-focused consumers because of their nutrient variation and density, or as garnishes in upscale restaurants due to their aesthetic value and taste profile.
Yes. Farmstead Fresh microgreens are certified organic by Ecocert Canada. We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Farmstead Fresh microgreens are grown in a locally produced soil mix. The soil mix is mostly comprised of composted wood fibre and peat moss. All of the ingredients in the Farmstead Fresh soil mix are approved for use in organic agriculture.
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Farmstead Fresh microgreens are NOT pre-washed. To ensure that your greens are free of small particles of soil or seed hulls, wash them in cold water and dry them before use.
Place your greens in clean, cold water and gently agitate. Then strain off the water, and spin in a salad spinner until dry. Place on paper towel to soak up extra moisture if necessary.
Under optimal conditions, Farmstead Fresh microgreens will last in your fridge between five days and two weeks depending on the variety. Sunflower greens and Pea shoots have the longest shelf life, whereas Radish, Wheatgrass and Broccoli should be consumed much quicker. The Best Before Date on the back of the Farmstead Fresh packaging should give you an idea of how long your greens will last in the fridge.
Microgreens are very delicate. The gentler they’re handled, the longer they’ll last. It is best to keep microgreens in the crisper of your fridge. Ideal temperature is 2°C - 4°C. Moisture buildup in your microgreens container can be a problem especially if your microgreens are moved in and out of the fridge a number of times. If moisture begins to buildup in your microgreens container, place a piece of paper towel inside to help absorb excess moisture.
All Farmstead Fresh packaging is recyclable. Our bags are made of polypropylene plastic (PP) and are accepted by public recycling services in some regions. Many grocery chains will also accept polypropylene bags for recycling. Our hinged hard plastic containers are made from 100% post-consumer PET (derived mostly from plastic bottles) reclaimed in an EcoStar recycling facility in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The process of recycling PET results in an 84% savings in energy compared to the process of creating virgin materials while greenhouse gas emissions are reduced 71% when recycled. PET is accepted by most public recycling services.