Spring 2015 Cover Story

We have a confession to make: As it came time to shoot the cover for this issue, we were sort of stumped. For our spring cover something green was in order, but we need to take our pictures at least a month or two before you get your copy. In late January, it’s hard to find anything growing under those snowbanks!

Microgreens to the rescue! Our “cover girls” are pea shoots, grown by Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst. “Micros” (as they’re known in the restaurant trade) add a welcome splash of color to a plate as well as a spark of flavor to your dishes.

Microgreens are herb or vegetable plants that are harvested at a very young stage—right when the first set of true leaves start to sprout. Typical plant varieties found in micro mixes are kale, arugula, beet greens, onions, radish greens, watercress, chard, and bok choy and herbs such as cilantro, basil, chervil, parsley and chives.

You can find micros at many Valley farms and markets. Look for them this spring!


Simple Gifts Farm