For Restaurant Owners
What Are Microgreens?
Microgreens are the seedlings of vegetables and herbs. They grow from sprouts and have leaves. We grow microgreens hydroponically and harvest new product every 1-3 weeks depending on the variety.
Microgreens are nutrient dense and packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are often called a super food. They are 100% bioavailable, which means your body is able to
absorb all of the nutrient content.
Microgreens taste amazing. They can be eaten raw, or add flavor, texture, and color to items such as soups, salads and sandwiches. They can also be added to smoothies or used as a garnish.
Here are a few creative examples we would like to share:
1) Pea and sunflower microgreens can be used in stir-fries as a vegetable. 2) Micro basil and coriander add flavor to any dish. 3) Radish and kale greens add nutrition, texture, flavor and color to any snack e.g. sandwiches, wraps and salads.
Why Consider Microgreens?
Top chefs love to use them as a final touch to their best dishes. We believe in local food production and healthy eating – minimizing food miles and maximizing nutrition. We can deliver to restaurants and cafes. We can also produce to order, for special events or anything unusual that we don’t produce regularly.
What is Our Pricing?
Microgreens are available in 1, 2 and 4 ounce quantities.
Price varies slightly between varieties grown.
Contact us for current market prices.
We Can Help You ReThink Green
Growing produce in a hydroponic environment offers unique benefits for your patrons. When comparing products, it’s important to know how hydroponic methods compare to traditional organic farming. Not all growing methods are equal!
How Does Hydroponic Produce Compare to Organic?
Characteristics of Hydroponic Farming
- Soilless- seeds germinate in a soil substitute
- Nutrients feed the plant’s roots directly and evenly
- Low risk, environment-controlled indoor setting
- Uses 90% less water than traditional water
- Urban farming creates lower carbon footprint
- Nutrients are fed directly, creating faster growthPlants can grow year-round, with shorter crop cycles
Characteristics of Organic Farming
- Grown in soil
- Nutrients feed the soil
- Higher risk of environmental and animal contaminants
- 90% more water is needed, as much is soaked into the soil
- Farms must be located where land is abundant
- Plants use energy seeking nutrients in soil, growing slower
- Longer crop cycle, dependent on climate and geography
Get to Know Blue Pond Farm
Our farm that was founded in 2018 in Alhambra, Illinois. Three generations of this family live and work to bring you the freshest produce that both the land and greenhouse can offer. We would love the chance to share our products with you. We offer free deliveries for local restaurants and chefs within a 30 mile radius of our farm.
We have been growing a variety of field grown produce since the start to include asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, pumpkins, squash, watermelons, gourds and winter squash. We also love to plant large quantities of sunflowers to bring to the farmer’s market both for enjoyment and to use as birdseed.
This year we added a large scale raised bed garden with a variety of garden produce and herbs. We have loved watching everything grow from seed to maturing plants.
We utilize hydroponic growing methods for our microgreens.
We love the taste and quality these fresh superfoods offer.
We look forward to the addition of a large hydroponic greenhouse which will be used to grow a variety of lettuces and tomatoes. This will be completed in early summer 2020.