Microgreens: Tiny plants with a big future
Microgreens are tiny edible greens that are used as a garnish or add it to a salad. Restaurant chefs have used them for years to add flavor to a meal. In fact, microgreens were recently named one of the five top food trends. Microgreens became popular about 20 years ago, when a few restaurant chefs in California started using them into their garnishes and salads. Even NASA is doing research on microgreens to use it as one of the potential food sources for astronauts.
This popularity makes a solid demand for this micro-crop and made a great opportunity for urban farmers. Growing microgreens for profit is a great way to use your gardening skills to make a solid income from selling your microgreen crop to local grocery stores, individuals and restaurants. Microgreens can be grown indoors or outdoors. So, they are prefect crops for urban farmers.
They are easy to grow that can be harvested in less than two weeks. Microgreens sell for over $25 a pond, so growers can produce a good income in a very small space and since they are becoming trendy, food lovers at the farmers market are eager buyers, paying up to $15 for a tiny four-ounce bag.
Microgreen blends are very popular at the market as well such as Asian blend with tatsoi, mizuna, and mustard or an Italian blend with kale, arugula, broccoli, and basil. My personal favorite is all red blend using red chard, beets, red amaranths, and red cabbage. You can start a microgreen business with just a small amount of money as low as few hundred dollars for seeds and supplies. You do not need much space as you can use racks to grow them vertically. If you are looking for more information about microgreens and how to grow them, here is a great information about this popular specialty crop.