US (NC): Microgreens farm expands footprint with gourmet market

“This is now the only place you can buy a fresh tomato on Castle Street,” David Scott said. “Produce is a dangerous game; we’re trying to gauge how much to buy to sell before it turns.”

Scott was restocking shelves, coolers, and freezers Tuesday morning in the new Craft Grown Market on Castle Street. The 500-square-foot space is located in a 1955 building outfitted with full-length windows, showing off a selection of goods from the street. In the back is Craft Grown Farms, which Randy Rhyne opened in January 2021. 

Rhyne grows microgreens, lettuce, and herbs hydroponically, which are also sold in the market. He has a dozen or more varieties — sweet pea, broccoli, sunflower, salad, spicy greens — which are living when consumers purchase them. Thus, they last longer than greens cut off from the root. 

During the market’s opening over the weekend, the sale of the greens increased by 60%, Scott said.

Food and food-related business is Scott’s passion. Since moving back to Wilmington from New York two years ago, the former chef launched a cheese shop and sold his shares before opening a marketing and consulting business for food-centric entrepreneurs. Rhyne is one of his clients.

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