The past few weeks in Seattle have been unseasonably cold and it's taking a toll on Sprouting Farm. Our Farm Manager, Ethan Bahe, was confronted with a few issues, which lead to some innovative solutions.
"The lowest temperatures of the season have completely changed how the farm looks and how we work the land. We had to move start time back to 10:00AM because everything was frozen at the normal 6:30AM start. The water to the entire farm had to be shut down while we tended to a burst pipe. We were able to harvest everything quickly at the farm and then wash it at another location.
Unfortunately, due to the freeze, we did lose some plantings of lettuce. Our plans for next year include the installation of some greenhouses out at the farm where we will be able to grow the greens longer into the winter where the temperature and moisture can be more controlled.
This week we kicked off a Barnraiser campaign for the farm. Barnraiser is a crowd-funding website, similar to Kickstarter, but aimed at sustainable food production. It's an amazing site and we're hoping to use it to put build two large greenhouses out at the farm.
One greenhouse would give us space to house a larger and more efficient wash and pack area for produce, and the other would allow us to more effectively grow produce earlier in the spring and later into the fall and winter. Please share the campaign and help us expand our ability to deliver fresh, organic and sustainably farmed food to the Homegrown kitchens!"
We're excited to announce that our new cold pressed juices are available at the Queen Anne, SLU and Kirkland Homegrown locations. Coming to all stores soon!
Here's what you need to know about our juices - they are: 100% organic • 100% vegan • 100% Non-GMO • Cold-Pressed • Never Heated • Never Frozen • Pressure Processed.Greens
We use cucumber (not apple) as the base for a less sweet, more nutrient dense Green Juice. There are over 3 cups of spinach and kale in every bottle, providing 60% of your Vitamin A and 20% of your Vitamin C daily values per serving. Drinking a green juice in the morning is a great way to boost your intake of dark leafy greens.
60 cals, 2 grams of protein, no fat.Citrus
This juice has over 2 cups of organic oranges, pineapple and grapefruit per bottle. It's rich in antioxidants and contains over 150% Vitamin C per serving. Pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain which is believed to aid digestion.
140 cals, 2 grams of protein, no fat.
Enjoy with your sandwich, soup or salad, or grab a bottle for an easy, nutrient dense snack on the run!
To put it in their own words, they're "part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious."We've spotted our boxed water on blogs and all over Instagram in the hands of environmentally conscious (or, just thirsty) Seattleites. If you forgot your water bottle, this is a great choice - just see below to find out why. photo by Lacie Powell
Boxed Water is Better because of their commitment to sustainability. Here are the facts:
The Boxed Water container is far more sustainable than plastic bottled water. About 76% of the box is from a renewable resource, trees.
The trees used to make our box come from certified, well managed forests. These forests remain healthy and stable through ongoing replanting while removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
We ship our boxes flat to our filler which is significantly more efficient compared to shipping empty plastic or glass bottles to be filled.