BOSTON (CBS) – A futuristic Boston-based farm is looking to capitalize on an emerging industry by bringing the farm indoors. Boston Microgreens specializes in growing vegetables for babies.
Microgreens are plants harvested just above the soil line after the first small leaves have sprouted. They have a higher concentration of nutrients and flavor than their “adult” counterparts.
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It all started in the apartment of co-founder Oliver Homberg.
The Northeast graduate said the pandemic forced them to get creative.
“When the pandemic started we were a very restaurant-oriented business, so when these restaurants started closing our orders went from 100 to zero in about a week – which was really sad but the whole world went. collapsed so we didn’t really take it personally. But what we did was we put in place a CSA program, ”Homberg said.
Customers could have a personalized mix delivered, with free delivery within the city of Boston.
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“We call it the Nutritional Blend and it contains a blend of all these different microgreens: kale, cabbage, broccoli, pea shoots, sunflower, beetroot, Swiss chard and buckwheat. Not only do you get condensed nutrition, vitamins, and minerals, but you get the variety of all of these different plants, so in each bowl you basically get your entire front garden.
Homberg said it can be put in smoothies, salads, or just a side dish.
Boston Microgreens is operated from a 2,000 foot facility in South Boston. There are 11 grow racks and everything is grown to order.
“We have two harvest days a week and everything on the farm has already been purchased or pre-ordered by a customer. This is how we can produce a lot of food and make our operation ‘in town’ feasible, ”Homberg said.
The urban farm has been around for four years.
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Homberg said the focus is on growing operations and building a network of sister farms. One is scheduled to open in Beverly.