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Growing Notes

     

At Lettuce Entertain You Farm Corporation, we make sure Fresh Field produce are clean, healthy and nutritious, chemical pesticide free, chemical preservative free, genetically modified organism free, environmental friendly and the most important thing, is the clear choice for freshness.

 

CLEAN. 

 

We grow our vegetables using the cleanest agricultural method known to man.

 

With hydroponics, plant are grown in sterilized soil-less medium and are fed with essential plant nutrients necessary for plant growth.  These nutrients are the same as those found in organic fertilizers except that these are processed in the cleanest manner known to man and does not run the risk of harboring salmonella, and E. coli virus.   

 

HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS. 

    

Tissue analyses of vegetables grown in the soil and by hydroponics have shown that there is no significant difference in the various nutrients among the vegetables grown using the different methods.

In the case of vegetables, consumers' key apprehension about eating vegetables grown by soil-less system are in two areas.

  

Once concern relates to whether vegetables grown by soil-less systems accumulate excessive amount of chemicals so that they become harmful to human health.  This view is derived from the observation that the roots of the vegetables are exposed to artificial chemicals all the time.

 

There is a general perception that because nutrient formulations for soil-less system contains a mixture of different chemicals, the formulations are artificial as the chemicals used are artificial.  However, in reality, there is really no such thing as artificial chemicals when it comes to plant nutrition.

  

Plants absorb minerals from the soil for healthy growth.  Soil scientist and plant physiologist have, for years, conducted extensive research to establish the range and quantum of such minerals which the plants absorbs from the soil.  It is based on these findings that nutrient formulations are developed for soil-less cultures.  The formulations contain the same minerals as those found in the soil.  These minerals, which are the basic forms of chemical compounds, are similar to those present in the soil.  Therefore, the nutrient solutions do not contain artificial chemicals as the mineral components are exactly similar to those found in soil.

 

The second concern is that since the nutrient solution is artificially formulated, will the vegetables grown by the soil-less system lack certain nutrients as compared to those grown in the soil.

Studies showed that the two concerns were not valid as there was no significant difference in the macronutrients and micronutrients accumulated in he tissues of the vegetables, irrespective of the growing methods.  As expected, the plants would absorb the same mineral from the soil or from the nutrient solution since the nutrient solution contains the same essential minerals which the plants need.

  

The Dutch have shown us how safe it is to eat greens grown by soil-less systems.  To build up its horticultural industry and to fulfill the need for greens, the Dutch has developed soil-less systems for extensive greens produced in glasshouses.  For several decades, the Dutch have been consuming lettuces, tomatoes, peppers and other greens grown by soil-less system.

 

Besides, we have not read of any adverse health reports on the Dutch population so far, have we ?

   

Lettuce is lovely
It is divine
Eat lots of lettuce
And you will feel fine !

  • Lettuce contains 95% water;

  • Lettuce has a small amount of dietary fiber;

  • Darker varieties provide beta carotene and are more nutritious;

  • Some varieties of lettuce have a higher percentage of natural sugars while others are more bitter.  The more bitter ones have higher levels of antioxidants;

  • Lettuce is a good sources of folate (one of the B vitamins). 

 
Iceberg Leaf Lettuce Romaine

Serving size

262 g

1/2 head

100 g 100 g 

inner leaf

Calories

45

20 15

Carbohydrate (g) 

9 4 2

Fiber (g)

3 2 2

Protein (g)

3 1 2

Potassium (mg)

350 260 290

Sodium (mg)

30 10 10

Vitamin A (% Daily Value)

10 40 50

Vitamin C (% Daily Value)

20 30 40

Calcium (% Daily Value)

6 6 4

Iron (% Daily Value)

6 8 6

     source 

 

Invest in your future, 

Eat Healthy, Eat 5 a Day ! 

 

 

    

NO CHEMICAL PESTICIDE.

 

Pest problem at Lettuce Entertain You Farm Corporation is controlled using the following techniques :

  • We practice inter-cropping;  

  • We use of botanical remedies;  

  • We encourage the use of integrated pest management; and

  • Farm is located in a none traditional farm area. 

    

NO CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVE FREE. 

 

see section, THE CLEAR CHOICE FOR FRESHNESS.

 

    

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM FREE.  

 

With too much issue hanging on the safety of genetically modified produce, we at Lettuce Entertain You Farm Corporation assures you that no produce from our farm can be considered as genetically modified  food.

 

The use of hydroponics does not transform a plants or produce into a genetically modified  food product.  What hydroponics does is to create the most ideal growing condition for the plant.

 

     

ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY.  

 

Organic farming requires the farmer to improve the soil structure and its level of organic matter by applying organic compost and other natural fertilizers, discourage soil erosion and must boost nutrient levels in soil and should minimizing damage to soil structure.  

 

At Lettuce Entertain You Farm Corporation, the we use soil-less medium, therefore we preserve the original state of the soil.

      

    

THE CLEAR CHOICE FOR FRESHNESS.

     

Our salad greens and herbs are freshly picked prior to processing, packaging and distribution.  Likewise our tomatoes are picked when they are vine ripped and are stored under normal room temperature prior to distribution.  Furthermore, what better way to have fresh vegetable from a farm situated within city limits.  

 

Secret of Freshness in Each Bag of Garden Mix Mesclun

Anything fresher, you have to pick it yourself.

  • Salad greens are processed and packed on the same day of harvest;

  • Salad greens are cleaned and dried in the same manner a your favorite chef would expect it to be done;

  • Our packaging discourages bacteria;

  • Our packaging blocks the mode of action and biosynthesis of ethylene, a ubiquitous plant hormone which promotes aging and senescence;

  • Our packaging reduce rots by directly inhibiting the growth of pathogens and by maintaining the health and integrity of the plant tissue, which reduces its susceptibility to infection;

  • Our packaging slows yellowing of green tissues by preventing chlorophyll degradation; 

  • Our packaging maintains the food, nutritional value and flavours of the produce by slowing the loss of food reserves, particularly sugars, inhibiting the loss of labile vitamins such as vitamins A and C, and by slowing the accumulation of undesirable secondary metabolites in the plant's tissues, such as free ammonia; 

  • Prior and during distribution, the garden mix mesclun bags are kept in chiller to preserve freshness and texture of the salad greens; and

  • Absolutely no preservatives.

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