If you are anything like me, the holidays bring on the dread of what to get friends and family. Let’s just face it, some folks are easier to shop for than others. Well, I’m writing to provide a solution… Sprouts!
Last weekend my brother and I demoed our home sprouting setup at our local health food store–Guido’s Fresh Marketplace in Great Barrington, MA. We brought all the sprouts from my kitchen, five levels of my Wheatgrass Grower, three Freshlife Sprouters (all bursting with sprouts), and six Sprout Bags overflowing with a mix of Radish, Mung Beans, Alfalfa, and clover! We also sampled our Crunchy Bean Mix (grown using the Sprout Bag) dressed in some organic extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, and zahtar––a vibrant middle eastern spice blend.
Noah and I love connecting face to face with people. It’s so rewarding to hear everyone’s sprouting stories and how they are integrating sprouts into their daily lives. The abundant greenery around us drew quite a crowd, and that was despite the first snowfall in our area which dropped a few inches outside! Having such fresh, living food with snow all around is one of the many things that makes sprouting so special!
One customer remarked at how much time we must have to tend to our sprouts! Quite the contrary, actually…It is sometimes hard to explain how little effort is needed to grow these baby plants! I water mine twice daily; leaving the house by 7:30 every morning, and returning later in the evening. Also during those times, I harvest whatever is ready when it is ready––this is the most time-consuming piece, but even this can be done in minutes. (I’ll be putting a video up showing my ideal harvesting method for each of our sprouters soon. Stay tuned.)
I have so much fun coming home each day and seeing how much my sprouts have grown! Just the other day, my wheatgrass crop which didn’t have any green on my way out of the house, had little green shoots all pointing towards the window when I returned. By the following morning, they had all righted themselves.
My current favorite sprout salad mix is made up of some radish, broccoli, alfalfa, clover, sunflower, and mung bean with just a dash of umeboshi plum vinegar and some good extra virgin olive oil. It has just the right balance of leafy and crunchy and a great balance of flavors.