US (WA): "Increasing demand for microgreens in Spokane"

Some Spokane-area farms have found success raising microgreens, as local demand for nutrient-rich and profitable produce remains high enough to support an increasing number of growers in recent years.

“They’ve been around,” says Dan Sproule, owner of Medical Lake-based Full Bushel Farm Inc. “There’s a genuine demand for them, and people like them as a part of their regular diet.”

Often used as garnishes or as fresh ingredients in pizza, tacos, soups, and salads because of their visual appeal and added flavor, microgreens are also known for being richer in nutrients than their full-grown counterparts, multiple studies show.

Researchers from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that microgreens, depending on the type of vegetable, can contain up to 40 times more nutrients than the full-grown version of the same vegetable.

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