Our Growing Practices
Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), which means that we use organic growing methods and never use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs. The main difference between organic certification and CNG is that CNG relies on peer-to-peer inspections by other CNG growers and is more focused on transparency and direct relationships. Learn more about CNG produce standards here. We are also learning to use biologically intensive agriculture principles to sustainably achieve high yields from our very small growing space. As a first generation farm, we are constantly researching innovations in farming, trying new techniques, and learning as we grow. Some of our favorite models and farmers from whom we've learned include: Green City Acres (Curtis Stone) in Kelowna, British Colombia, Les Jardins de la Grelinette (Jean Martin-Fortier) in Quebec, Polyface Farms in Swope, VA, and the SPIN Farming models.
We source our compost locally from Veteran Compost and buy the majority of our seeds from these great seed companies:Johnny's Selected Seeds (ME); Mountain Valley Seeds (UT); Todd's Seeds (MI); and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (VA).
Find our produce
From the Farmer: We're thrilled to announce our new weekly farm box, the Little Wild Child, powered by From The Farmer. Now there is no better way to get your weekly fix of microgreens. You'll also find all of our regular grocery products including salads and microgreens available for purchase online at From the Farmer.
Dupont Circle Farmer's Market: We're thrilled to be part of the bountiful Dupont Circle Farmer's market on a monthly basis during the 2018 season! Stop by on Sunday from 8:30-1pm on the following 2018 dates: May 6, June 3, July 1, July 29, August 26, Sept 23, Oct 21, Nov 18, and December 16. We hope to see you there!
Glen's Garden Market in Dupont Circle: 2001 S St. NW, Washington DC
Each Peach Market: 3068 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington DC 20001.
Little Red Fox: Our seasonal ready-to-eat salads are available at this great cafe in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Address: 5035 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC 20008
Union Market: You can now find our ready-to-eat seasonal salads at Union Market! Stop by the Almaala Farms booth to pick one up for lunch today.
We will only occasionally be at the Bloomingdale Farmer's Market for the 2018 season. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts to find out about pop-up events, and we hope you'll stop by to see us at the Dupont Circle market this year!
Selected RESTAURANTs and PARtners:
Our veggies are often on the menu at these great restaurants, catering menus, and markets around the neighborhood:
A Rake's Progress: 1770 Euclid St., NW, Washington DC 20009
RASA: 1247 1st St. SE, Washington, DC 20003
Beefsteak: Look for the Curried Treasure Bowl featuring our locally-grown pea shoots at all five Beefsteak stores
Zaytinya: 701 9th Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Spark at 12 Restaurant: 1626 North Capitol NW, Washington DC 20001
Eat & Smile Catering: 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC 20018
Espita Mezcaleria: 1250 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 2001
Sally's Middle Name: 1320 H St. NE, Washington DC
Eco Caters: 627 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22203
Chaia: 3207 Grace St. NW Washington DC 20007
The Pub & The People: 1648 North Capitol St. NW, Washington DC 20001
Jaco Juice & Taco Bar: 1614 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007
Hazel Restaurant: 808 V St NW, Washington, DC 20001
DC Harvest: 517 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
When you see our vegetables on a local D.C. menu they were usually harvested just hours (or minutes in the case of microgreens!) before getting to your plate. We can't thank our partners enough for their continued support of local farms!
WHAT WE GROW
We offer over 50 unique varieties of microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers. Below is a list of our most popular varieties, but this list isn't exhaustive. Please reach out if you have a request for a specific variety or custom blend.
- China Rose Radish (green with pink stem)
- Daikon Radish (green with white stem)
- Sango Radish (mixed deep purple and green)
- Signature Radish Blend (china rose + sango)
- Sunflower shoots (indoors year-round or field-grown May-Oct)
- Buckwheat shoots
- Nasturtium shoots and leaves (see flowers also below)
- Pea shoots (indoors year-round or field-grown available April-May & Oct-Dec)
- Popcorn Shoots (blanched)
- Red Russian Kale
- Purple Kohlrabi
- Mustard (Mizuna, Tatsoi, Garnet Giant)
- Beets (Bull's Blood)
- Cress (Curled)
- Micro Basil (Purple Opal, Genovese, Thai, Lemon, Italian)
- Red & Golden Acre Cabbage
- Swiss Chard (Ruby Red)
- Shiso (korean perilla, vietnamese)
- Sorrel (red-veined and large leaf green)
- Edible Chrysanthemum (Shungiku)
EDIBLE FLOWERS & GARNISHES (SEASONAL AVAILABILITY VARIES):
- Mixed edible flowers (curated seasonally, also available through our partner Coastal Sunbelt Produce)
- Violas & Pansies (multi-color and size options). IN SEASON NOW (WINTER, 2017)
- Perennial Phlox
- Marigolds (Lemon, Tangerine & Red Gem, and Durango)
- Bachelor's Buttons
- Herb flowers (sage, oregano, thyme, cilantro, anise hyssop, chive, cilantro, yarrow, lavender, arugula)
- Squash blossoms
- Sweet alyssum
- Chrysanthemum (coming in 2018)
- Tangerine Lace (tender marigold leaves)
- Yarrow greens
- Nasturtium leaves
- Signature Shoot Salad (delicate blend of pea, sunflower, buckwheat, popcorn, radish and nasturtium shoots, suitable as a stand-alone salad mix) Also available through our partner, Coastal Sunbelt Produce.
- Radish Blend (purple sango radish & china rose radish)
- Spicy Mix (arugula, radish, mustard)
- Mild Mix (red russian kale, broccoli, red acre cabbage)
- Mizuna Mix (red and green mizunas)
- Signature Mustard Mix (mizunas, red and green mustards)
- 2017/18 Winter Mix (purple kohlrabi, red cabbage, arugula)
WHAT ARE MICROGREENS?
Our microgreens are tiny edible greens that provide exceptional flavor, nutritional value, texture, and color to salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, pizza, smoothies, soup and more. Smaller than “baby greens,” and harvested later than “sprouts,” microgreens provide a variety of leaf flavors, such as sweet and spicy, and come in many vibrant colors. Fine dining chefs use microgreens to enhance the beauty, taste and freshness of their dishes with their delicate textures and distinctive flavors.
Researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the University of Maryland began studying the nutritional content of microgreens in 2012. They looked at four groups of vitamins and other phytochemicals – including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene — in 25 varieties of microgreens. The researchers found that leaves from nearly all of the microgreens had four to six times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant, with variation among the varieties – red cabbage was highest in vitamin C, while the green daikon radish microgreens had the most vitamin E [i]
[i] Xiao, Z.; Lester, G. E.; Luo, Y.; Wang, Q. (2012). "Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 60 (31): 7644-7651