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The Story of Your Food: Lettuce

Posted 3/16/2018 10:20am by Dennis Skoworodko.

A beautiful crispy and sweet lettuce crunch is so refreshing! Lettuce is one of the most perishable crops. When you are able to buy local, you realize how wonderful lettuce can be. Lettuce, when it has to endure a cross continent trip over so many miles and so much time, does not always make the trip with good success. Well grown, properly picked and packed lettuce, that makes it to your table in a short time, results in such a tasty treat! We grow a variety of lettuce types for your eating pleasure.

Baby Leaf Mixes: Our ever-popular Broadway Mix is a wonderful mix of baby leaf lettuce – green oakleaf, red oakleaf, green romaine, red romaine, lollo rossa, green tango, red leaf and bibb lettuce. New this season will be a Mesclun Mix - a beautiful blend of different lettuces and mustard greens to give a lovely medley of flavor and color. We harvest these baby leaf lettuces at just the right stage of growth for size and taste, then we quickly take the field heat out of them by washing in ice cold water. A quick spin dry, packing into clam shells and into the cooler to give you the peak of quality. Baby leaf lettuces will grow back again and could be harvested a second or even third time, however we find that the second cuttings are not at the prime tasting stage – far too bitter for our likes. So even though not as profitable, we only ever do one cutting on our lettuces so we can bring you the best tasting lettuce that we can.  

Romaine Lettuce: We grow a full size green romaine and also personal size mini green and red romaine lettuce. Romaine is my personal favorite in lettuce– I love the crunch and sweetness!  A lovely salad of romaine is so refreshing after a hot day in the fields. Our mini romaines have become very popular – such a nice size for a salad for one with beautiful flavour. Lettuce is the one of the last things we harvest before going to market. As soon as we cut them we stand our head lettuce in a tub of ice cold water to take out the field heat and maintain freshness, then into the cooler to bring you the best lettuce possible.  

Summer Crisp: generally speaking, lettuce does not like hot weather to grow in, however Summer Crisp is a more heat tolerant lettuce that grows well for us in the mid summer heat. It is a lovely dark green color, nice crunch and taste even when the heat may put other varieties out of the picture. We have really come to like the taste of this full-size head.  

Classic Iceberg: Yes, we even grow some good old classic iceberg lettuce. The variety we grow is called Crispino- it is a sweet, tight, white-hearted with green outer leaves lettuce that just works in some applications where you want a very mild lettuce taste.  

Summer and salads – a match made in heaven. Enjoy your salads this summer with wonderful lettuce from Our Farm!

Regards,

Dennis and the Our Farm Team

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