Although microgreens are becoming more popular among consumers and restaurants, growers in the Wilmington area still say that education is an important part of what they do.
“I could talk to people all day about what I do,” said Randall Rhyne of CraftGrown Farm (and CraftGrown Market) on Castle Street in Wilmington.
He started learning about the process of growing these very small plants as a way to enjoy more healthy, nutritious food and because of an interest in biology. He’s still amazed by how quick and easy this young, inch-long tender greens.
In fact, it’s how Michael Torbett of Terra Vita Farm got started in agriculture even before he had access to land to grow seasonal produce. When he started his business in 2016, he was growing microgreens in a townhouse. Now he has a shipping container for microgreens on the property he farms in Castle Hayne.
One of Rhyne’s favorite things to do is make a ‘lettuce taco’ for guests. He assembles a variety of fresh lettuces and microgreens that with a variety of tastes, from sweet to slightly bitter to herbaceous, to showcase how flavorful they can be -- even without dressing.
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