Courtesy of Wally S., Wally’s Urban Market Garden, Saskatoon, SK
I’ve been developing a new product line called Quick Greens. Greens figure prominently in SPIN-Farming because of their quick days to harvest. So they are great for relay cropping because different crops can be planted either before or after them. Thirty to 50 days from planting to harvest are common time frames for greens such as lettuce and spinach. But Quick Greens have even shorter days to harvest – 10 – 14 days.
Quick Greens include sunflower greens, grown in soil. They can also be planted in containers on parts of your land base that would not usually see production, like decks patio or driveways. No specialty structures or systems are needed. Dry seeds are broadcast into the plots. Days to harvest is under 14 days. This two row bed here is worth around $100.
I will be targeting steady weekly production of two to three beds. Harvested greens need to be washed, and a bit of time needs to be spent picking out any hulls, though most of the hulls will pop off before harvest if you brush the plants by hand or apply a gentle spray wash.
These are proving to be a great niche product for me, and a real draw at market. I recently bagged off $80 worth into .10 lb. bags. and sold them for $3.00 each, or 2/$5.00. I bagged another six .15 bags and sold them to restaurants for $7.50 per bag.
If you want to grow and sell Quick Greens, here’s the guide that tells you how.