microgreens

Get Great Value, Little Risk With A Mini-CSA!

If you’re a lover of farm fresh food you’ve probably heard of CSA’s (Community Sustained Agriculture).

With a full CSA you and your farmer contract a “share” of the products the farm produces in season. There is a set amount of weeks the agreement is good for and you generally pay the full amount up front or in installments. Then weekly or bi-weekly you go to the farm and pick up your share.

For some people that can be a bit of a monetary stretch and leave you with food waste, if you don’t like a particular item in your weekly share.

But what about a mini-CSA?

A mini-CSA only offers one product and shorter length of commitment. This can make them a more affordable option for many people and a great way to lower the risk of trying out a new farmer or new product.

Have I piqued your interest?

5 Reasons To Invest In A Mini-CSA

  1. Your product is reserved. No getting to the farm and finding the product you wanted is already sold out.

  2. You save money by only getting the product you want.

  3. Increased eating of seasonal, farm fresh food but at a volume you can manage.

  4. Weekly visits to the farm and one on one time with your farmer.

  5. Support of your community and local farmer.

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Still a little uncertain about what a mini-CSA entails?

Let me give you an example:

Fox & Glove Farmstead’s Mini Microgreen CSA

If you are local to the Dorr, Michigan area you can sign up for our mini microgreen CSA. We will have a limited number of shares to offer.

Once a week, on Saturdays, from April 13 to May 4 you will pick up, on farm, a 10 oz bag of microgreens (roughly 10 servings) containing Farmer John’s proprietary mix of radish, sunflower and pea microgreens.

Cost is $60 for the month-long, mini-CSA. Payable in full, online HERE.

We are only offering these greens through our CSA currently, but if we sold them at the farmstand they would cost $17 per bag. (We discount the price for our CSA to give you more value.)

At the end of the term you will have a chance to offer feedback and thoughts on the mini-CSA so we, the farmer, can know the best way to meet your needs in the future.

It’s a win-win for both you the consumer and us the farmer.

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Want to know more about microgreens? You can read about them here.

To sign up for our Mini-Microgreen CSA, click here.

And as always, if you have comments or questions please leave them below in the comment section or contact me personally at cyndi@foxandglovefarmstead.com .

It’s always my pleasure to help you bloom and grow!

Cyndi


Are you craving big flavor in a tiny package?

Microgreens…

They are all the hot rage right now.

They first showed up in swanky eateries. (The kind of places where you get tiny little portions of food/art masterpieces for big bucks.)

But now they’re being used in everything from smoothies to salad and sandwich toppings, for juicing, pizza toppings, mixed in with eggs, subbed in for lettuce on burgers, and replacing parsley as the garnish of choice.

Why so popular?

Because these little greens pack a big nutritional punch on top of being deliciously tasty!

They can range anywhere from mild to spicy, tangy to peppery in flavor and host a high concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidents, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and polyphenols.

In short…

They’re good for you! Great for heart health and fighting chronic disease as well as just giving your body an overall shot of nutrition.

It doesn’t hurt that they are so dang cute too.

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But what, you ask, makes a microgreen a microgreen? Why isn’t it a sprout or a baby green? What gives?

  • A sprout by definition is grown in water and harvested after 2 or 3 days.

  • A microgreen is grown in soil and grown for 1 to 3 weeks until they are around 2 inches long.

  • Baby greens are also grown in soil but for longer periods of time until they are 3 to 4 inches big.

We grow a few different kinds of microgreens here at Fox & Glove Farmstead but our favorite way to serve them is in a mix; peas, sunflowers and radishes. It results in a palate pleasing array of Mild and nutty with a splash of pepper. Yummm!!!

Curious?

Try them out in this recipe…

Nasturtium & Microgreen Salad (Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. microgreens

  • 8 nasturtium flowers

  • 1 avocado, chopped

  • 1 heirloom tomato, chopped

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

  • 1/4 tsp. dijon mustard

  • salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  • Wash greens, spin dry or gently pat between two layers of towel.

  • Blend olive oil, lemon juice and mustard together until smooth.

  • Season dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Put greens in bowl, add in avocado and tomato.

  • Pour on dressing and toss thoroughly.

  • Top with nasturtium flowers and serve.

  • Recipe can be doubled or quadrupled for larger meals.

Once you try them you just won’t ever want to be without them again!

If you are interested in getting information on our upcoming microgreen CSA please sign up for our email list and you’ll be the first to know when we are accepting members. (Because of the perishable nature of microgreens we will only be selling these through pre-purchased CSA memberships.)

Sign up in the footer below this post. As a thank you for signing up you’ll also get a FREE gift.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Bloom & Grow!

Cyndi

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