LOCAL ARTISAN GREENS | IN THE GARDEN | In the Garden with Wheatgrass, A story I have been meaning to tell
If you follow us on Instagram you would have learnt that our growing schedules have slowed done as of November last year as travel and decisions to concentrate efforts on formalizing a new start-up and the direction for Local Artisan Greens necessitated this. This means that since the November 2014 Trinidad Upmarket we have not appeared at any Farmers Market. We however had a table and sold at the Trinidad Upmarket three times so far last year. The experience was initially extremely daunting, entirely surreal and literally a dream come true for us. I say this because the first time my friends and I visited the market as patrons we made a promise that one day we would sell here like the other entrepreneurs we admired every time we visited. Since that first time we visited the markets regularly as we truly love the atmosphere and being there.
While selling at the market and running a table there we met some of our customers we have been selling to since 2013 and many, many new and interesting people. We also learnt a huge deal and it has helped us in defining our vision and goals for the future. While we had little expectations the experience was truly instrumentation in the decisions we are making today for Local Artisan Greens as we are nearing the year milestone and our commitment to return is fast approaching.
Since then we have however been fulfilling small orders of Local artisan Greens mostly for existing customers who contact us with repeat orders, and wheatgrass is one of those crops we have not since stopped planting.
Local Artisan Greens grows and sells wheatgrass. As a grower wheatgrass is one of the most fulfilling things I can do with my time in the garden. Growing wheatgrass now is a calculated dance which involves, like most things in the garden, a keen eye, diligent care, quick decision making and love.
Here is how I do it. First with love I measure out and soak the grass I have it down to a science how much is needed for a particular yield. With small batch planting this became necessary and after time I developed a formula which I stick to today.
These are soaked anywhere between 8-12 hours. With regular water changes during this time. After this the wheat berries are washed and I hand measured out into batches and set into growing trays.
These are left in a cool, dark place for a couple days or until germination with me regularly watering to keep moist.
Here is where the keen eye comes in, as moisture doses and germination requires attention. At the first sign of green I have to ensure the grass has the necessary light it needs to grow well.
As with any other crops I grow on order there is always this anxiety associated with planting in small batches for customers as timing and product readiness is always something that I cannot completely predict.
This batch is being set for a customer and her partner who regularly shot this together. That in itself I find beautiful and I am alwyas happy to prepare this for her.
From August 2015, the proceeds from each sale of wheatgrass will be used towards the testing and nutrition analysis of this crop. Wheatgrass is a super-food and packed with tons of nutrient rich benefits and has been documented to combat cancer causing cells. Here is one of my favourite links on this crops 50 Reasons To Drink The Benefits of Wheatgrass.
Slow, in the garden with Local Artisan Greens.
Stay tuned for more with Wheatgrass in the garden as these grow to harvest and then onto juicing.
Photos were made in the Garden Studio for Local Artisan Greens.