Selling Produce to Restaurants: Grow Mini-Head Lettuce

I thought this article from Johnny’s Select Seeds, March 2011, newsletter was interesting as more and more serious people are supplementing their income; or are going all out and creating large gardens or small farms to cater to their local restaurants. I found the advice in this article a great starting point for those who are turning towards their local community and its needs.

Grow Mini-Head Lettuce

Small heads of lettuce are increasingly popular with chefs, high-end supermarkets, and urban farmer’s markets. They are tender and flavorful with no bitterness. They are much easier to harvest and pack than salad mix, and they have a long shelf life when properly refrigerated.Selling Produce to Restaurants: Grow Mini-Head Lettuce | Sacred Habitats

Mini-heads are grown on close spacing, about 6″ apart, and harvested at 5-7″ across. By growing several colors and types, growers can create attractive “confetti” boxes for chefs, who can use them to make their own signature salads.

At the farmer’s market, some growers offer two heads, a red and a green, in a bag, making the perfect portion for one or two people. Some growers pull the heads and leave the roots intact, washed and trimmed.

See the selection that Johnny’s has available for 2011.

Some of the mini-head lettuce’s featured on their site that I’ve grown and love are: Deer Tongue and Baby Oak Leaf… there are many others I would like to try though.

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