Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Local Feed on Basil in the Basement.

Have you been yearning for the flavors of summer? How about basil? I was, so this week on The Local Feed on WYCE, I spoke about Growing Green Family Farm.

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Growing Green Family Farm grows basil, cilantro, and microgreens in an environmentally controlled basement. They take care to maintain the right lighting, airflow, humidity, and temperature – so we can have basil in March!

Microgreens are small greens; usually no more than 2 inches tall. They are not sprouts, but are rather a young plant that is in between a sprout and an older green.

They also grow kale, lettuces, wheatgrass, and beet greens in a greenhouse.

No herbicides and pesticides are used. They aren’t really needed in the winter anyway. And, the fertilizer used is an all-natural mix of plant and mineral materials. The water is filtered rainwater.

So, what to do with basil when there are not a lot of other summer veggies around? How about paring them with dried tomatoes? Did you dry tomatoes last summer? If not, think about it for the upcoming summer.

And, you can always make a pesto sauce with walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, and parmesan cheese.

I also send a small bunch of basil through the juicer when I am making a juice blend from other greens. It really adds a summery punch.

You can purchase fresh, Michigan-grown basil at the Fulton Street Farmers Market on Saturdays. They are open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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