[Market-farming] starting out with micro-greens

breck bcarden at breckinridgegroup.com
Wed Nov 11 08:48:18 EST 2009

Hey Richard would you mine discussing your process in a bit more detail.
I've been playing around with this idea.

How are you seeding? Seed plates? Sprinkle?

Do you ever mix different veggies in the same tray? Do you think the
different germination/growing rates would make this problematic?

Are you able to stack for delivery?

How is the chef using; as a garnish or as a salad?

How long do they keep the flats? I guess they are using them within a couple
of days or are watering and keeping under lights.

Do any of them display for customers?

What does your sales pitch entail?


At your winter market; maybe you could sell it for $13 plus a $2 deposit on
the tray/mix. This would get them to come back to you each week. Perhaps you
could use a mix of veggies in each of these trays. Folks might like the
novelty and freshness. They could feel like a real farmer harvesting their
own produce. I am going to grow some out for 9 or so days then bring them up
and place on my kitchen counter to see how they last to get a better




Farmer Breck

Breck Carden

Carden's Garden

2400 E Hwy 22

Crestwood, KY 40014-7704

breck at breckcarden.com





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Subject: Re: [Market-farming] starting out with micro-greens




I sell flats of micros to restaurants.  I am in the testing stage right now
supplying 1 restaurant with orders of up to 8 flats a week and two other
restaurants with random weekly orders from one to six.


I use a chrome type rung metal shelf system with 40w fluorescent tube lights
at each level.  I use a second shelf for germination.  I grow in plastic
flats that measure 10"x13" and are 1" deep.


I water the soil prior to seeding and then mist the dry seeds once set.
Seeds are simply on the surface of the medium.  This gives me about four
days with need to water.


I am currently growing Mizuna and Radish micros.  Mizuna is sprouting within
three days and sold in nine.  Radishes are close to that.  I am doing beets
as well, usually Bull's Blood and will be trying out Arugula here soon.


I sell each tray for 13.00.  Locally a lot of growers are using 1020 trays
which provide a bit more area and sell for around 15.00.


I am hoping to sell micros at one of winter markets, fresh cut from a tray.
Still working on the pricing there.


My medium is a mix of river bottom sand (fine as mortar sand) with composted
leaf/garden soil and 3+ year composted horse manure.  it makes for a light
fluffy material.  Seed density is such that after I get the trays back I
have a second growth which I eventually plan on feeding to chickens in a
large rotation plan that I am hoping to start at a small scale in 2010.  I
figure the seed and micros are perfect for the chickens.


Richard Stewart

Carriage House Farm

North Bend, Ohio


An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855


(513) 967-1106


rstewart at zoomtown.com



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