Growing Your Own Microgreens
Sometimes, DIY projects are time-consuming and require hard work. I don’t mind them, but it’s always nice when a project is fun, simple and gives you enjoyable benefits right away. Purchasing microgreens in a store is expensive; to the tune of $4 for an ounce and a half last time I checked. I planted a flat of microgreens to see if it would be a manageable cost savings and a tasty addition to our table.
I started this tray from a seed packet that was to be harvested as two-inch sprouts for sandwiches and salads. They were so pretty once reaching this size that I didn’t have the heart to cut them. Instead, I let the greens grow a little longer, intending to selectively pick them for salads. The little plants will keep growing new leaves and last longer if you are careful to leave a baby leaf on each stem. That is exactly what I did today.
Feast Your Eyes…And Stomach!
I so enjoyed picking each bit and admiring how beautiful it looked plated. Fresh cherry tomatoes grown in a sunny spot in front of my bathroom window. Tender microgreens picked from a flat in my greenhouse. I sprinkled ricotta cheese I made from goat milk purchased from the farmer’s market on top. I love the taste of fresh goat milk, as well as the fact that its made by a local dairy, Mini Moos and Kids Too. Over the whole thing was drizzled a yummy gravenstein apple-white balsamic vinegar and olive oil I bought from a local store called Oliverde . This is such a cute little shop that carries any sort of vinegar or olive oil. The best part of shopping there is being able to taste them all! Check them out online!
I suppose all this may seem time-consuming, but I promise it wasn’t! I planted the greens in just a few minutes, plopped the tomato plant into a pot, and enjoyed an afternoon downtown with my husband checking out neat shops. This salad is pretty enough to be served in a restaurant. Best of all, it was made from ingredients that are simple, local and, best of all, cheap! This salad doesn’t look frugal, and I promise you it doesn’t taste frugal either!
Try growing your own baby greens and see how it suits you. A sunny window sill and a flat of good soil is all you need. In two weeks, you’ll be eating fancy!