A shipment of pea and sunflower seed for shoot growing arrived last week. So I’ve filled up my seed bins once again and we’re all ready for the winter-time growing season.
A couple of the sunflower seed bins.
I love the feeling of abundance and well-being I get when I look at all the full bins. No matter what happens, we’ll be sure to have fresh salad greens all winter long!
These are some sunflower and pea seed soaking in their soaking bowls, almost ready to plant in their grow trays. I soak the correct amount of seed for one production tray in each bowl.
It really feels so good to grow our own nutritious greens in the winter-time.
Did you know that 50g of pea shoots contains about 40% of our recommended daily amount of Vitamin C?!! That’s very easily gobbled up in one lunch time salad. The bags I package up for Farm Gate Store and Happy Tides here on Mayne Island are 100g. So a salad for 2 made with the shoots in those bags gives 2 people a great Vit C boost! They also contain loads of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Folate. Lots of fiber, calcium and protein too as well as Chlorophyl, Iron, Amino Acids….the list goes on.
Sunflower shoots are also valuable morsels of concentrated nutrition. Vitamins A, B, C and E, Amino Acids, Protein, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc…..
So after a few years of growing these for us and after a couple years of growing for the stores and farmer’s market in our community, I’m feeling happy about the idea of getting together with some interested folks to share some ideas about how I do it. So many people have been asking. So many people want to grow their own.
My friend Kit created this sweet ad and flyer for me and it’ll be in the November MayneLiner community magazine to help me get the word out. I’ll print some flyers for island bulletin boards too. I’m so excited to see how this goes. I wonder if anyone’ll want to come!
A bowl full of pea shoots topped with sunflower shoots…a light dressing is all you need, but sometimes I like to add some crumbled feta, gomashio…..dried cranberries are good with it too. The simple ideas are endless.
Yummmmmy. This is what it’s all about : )
Christina, this was such a helpful post. I found my way here by chance but will return whenever I can. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary