All About MicrogreensLocal, Fresh, Delicious
THE NUTRITION. Gene Lester, a researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and his colleagues at the University of Maryland, College Park, have conducted the first scientific analysis of nutrients in microgreens. The findings "totally knocked me over", Lester told The Salt, which proved that the tested microgreens had 4-6 times more nutrients than the mature plants.
THE EVIDENCE. The researchers looked at four groups of vitamines and other phytochemicals (including vitamin C, E, and beta carotene) in 25 varieties of micgrogreens, and the results were astounding. There was some variation among the results -- red cabbage was highest in vitamin C, while the green daikon radish had the most vitamin E. The findings, reported in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, "give us a new insight into plants, because these are little tiny seeds barely exposed to much light at all," Lester says. "And yet those compounds are there ready to go".
THE HARVEST. Our microgreens are grown in rich, organic soil in our greenhouses. They are harvested by hand before being triple washed and Hyrdo-Cooled to ensure maximum shelf life and food safety.
Important CSA Info
SPRING CSA - 5 weeks. Start: approx. May 10
Pick-up is only available Saturday on the farm.
SUMMER CSA - 18 weeks. Start approx: June 11
Full share pick-ups are available on the farm (Wed/Sat) or at the Wheaton French Market every Saturday. Half shares are also available on the farm every other week.
FALL CSA - 5 weeks. Start: appox. Oct. 18
From frost-kissed spinach to nature's candy - our baby beets - the fall share is sure to be a treat. Saturday farm pick-up only.
*Start and end dates subject to seasonal adjustments
About Our Farm
Growing Fresh Vegetables & microGreens
Heritage Prairie Farm employs a combination of high production, low acreage, four-season methods based on techniques developed by Eliot Coleman. To extend the growing season and maximize the most efficient use of land, we use a system of four moveable greenhouses, succession plantings, and crop rotation. With this system we have been consistently among the first farms at market to offer tomatoes for sale and among the last farms at market selling spinach, carrots, and radishes. In a relatively brief period, Heritage Prairie has established a strong reputation for providing very high quality, reasonably priced produce.
Throughout the year we produce the following vegetables including but not limited to: amaranth, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, chard, collard greens, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, garlic, mixed greens, cilantro, dill, basil, rosemary, peppermint, thyme, kale, leeks, various head and leaf lettuces, melons, onions, parsnips, peas, peppers, potatoes, radicchio, radishes, rutabaga, shallots, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos and turnips. In addition to seasonal vegetables, we grow specialty produce year-round in heated greenhouses. These include microgreens and petite greens for market and restaurant sales.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
enjoy the benefits of the Heritage Prairie Farm community
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for families to enjoy seasonal food from local
farms. CSA's build a sense of community, encourages land stewardship and honors the
knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small farms. It's also the easiest way to add fresh, nutrient-rich produce to your diet, and support your local famers at the same time. Heritage Prairie
Farm is offering three CSA programs in 2014 - Spring, Summer, and Fall - allowing shareholders to choose one, two, or all three options. We offer pick-up at Heritage Prairie Farm and at the Wheaton French Market on Saturdays during the Summer CSA.
At Heritage Prairie Farm, we are passionate about what we do. We take great pride in how we grow our produce. Protecting and building the soil that our beautiful vegetables grow in is our top priority. That's why we follow age-old organic growing methods and never use any chemicals or practices that harm Mother Nature. Working with nature, not against it, is what keeps us going rain or shine through the freezing cold or extreme heat.
That's why the 2014 CSA Programs at Heritage Prairie Farm are so exciting. Through our CSA program, we can share the joys and, yes, even the concerns of farming with you. Whether it's providing a box of beautiful vegetables, sharing the latest recipes and farm stories each week, we're all connected through the CSA program.
Plus, enjoy the benefits of the Heritage Prairie Farm community!
Your share includes an annual family membership to the farm. A family membership includes a 10% discount on farm dinners. Also, members stay connected through the Heritage Prairie Farm CSA newsletter and private CSA events.
A typical box may include:
Beets, Radishes, Lettuce Mix, Kohlrabi, Turnips, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage
Eggplant, Summer Squash, Amaranth, Tomatoes, Basil, Head Lettuce, Scallions, Cucumbers, Peppers
Turnips, Rutabaga, Winter Squash, Cauliflower, Leeks, Onions, Boc Choi, Celeriac, Fennel, Brussel Sprouts
Summer CSA Pick-up Locations
Heritage Prairie Farm
Pick-up choice of Wednesdays or Saturdays at Heritage Prairie Farm Store
Half Share- Full box every other week pick up at Heritage Prairie Farm Store
Wheaton French Market
Wheaton French Market - Saturday pick-up 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Main Street and Liberty Drive, just south of the train tracks in downtown Wheaton. This pick up is only available for Summer full & half shares.