Lava Oasis Farms
Lava Oasis Farm is happy to provide the community with fresh produce. Our family moved to northern California and purchased a few acres past McCloud to pursue our dream of having a small produce farm. After many years of growing in a mountain climate and trying a large variety of plants we happened across microgreens. Using all the same plants we had come to rely upon, such as kale, broccoli and radish, we began germinating these mini vegetables in large quantities to trim at the stem at a tender age. After our first harvest and subsequent feast, we fell in love. Now with the help of our two sons we are providing a variety of microgreens and other goods to local restaurants and grocery stores, as well as participating in several local farmers’ markets. The feedback from the community has been tremendous and its been a thrill to both grow and eat this simple yet complex food. People favor the freshness, great flavor and welcoming texture. Many have been raving about its apparent nutrient density. Often confused with sprouts, microgreens have a chance to green up in the sun and generate chlorophyll. And we grow ours in soil under natural light. Our growing methods are simple and sustainable. Powered by solar and utilizing a natural dirt medium, our microgreen business is working towards a renewable production. All of our seed is open pollinated, GMO free stock from the U.S. With microgreens there is never a use for pest control or chemical feeding. The entire growth cycle for microgreens is about two weeks. This means that bugs never have a chance to move in, and all of the nutrients the plants want is already provided by the seed. Additionally, the ice cold Mt. Shasta water we rinse with preserves the crisp freshness with each harvest. We are proud to bring you this fresh, unadulterated product. From our family to yours, we thank you for your ongoing support. See you at the local farmer’s markets!
The Peddinghaus Family
Keith, Ruth, Aaron and Derek
What are micro greens exactly? They are tiny, immature versions of vegetables, herbs and other plants harvested anywhere from a week to two weeks after germination that tend to be about one to two inches long with the stem and leaves still attached. Researchers with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently completed a study to determine the level of nutrients in micro greens compared to their mature counterparts. The research ultimately discovered that the micro greens contained four to forty times more nutrients than their mature counterparts. The findings, which were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Results of the micro greens research project conducted by the University of Maryland and the USDA has garnered attention from several national media outlets including National Public Radio (NPR) and The Huffington Post.
Information sourced by the Department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. © 2014