Microgreen business supplies top local restaurants within months of launch
They are incredibly fresh, with an intense, piquant flavour, they sell for the equivalent of £100 a kilo, and you will find them in salad garnishes on dishes served by some of the area’s top restaurants. They are microgreens, the seedlings of plants like kale, radish, leek and peas, and they are grown under lights by David Langton and his fiancé Katherine Robinson at their home, Langtons Farm, in Gilwern.
“We started in 2018, and we are supplying 30 leading restaurants in the surrounding area, including The Gliffaes, The Dragon, The Bear and Latte-da in Crickhowell, the Hardwick near Abergavenny and The Bell at Skenfrith, as well as Prickly Pear Catering in Llanbedr. “A big reason for our success so far is the Chefs who want to support local businesses producing good local food,” David said.
So, what is it about their microgreens which are proving so popular with the area’s top chefs? “Our microgreens are harvested hours before they are delivered,” said Katherine, “which means they are really fresh”.
“It is one of the hallmarks of our product,” said David, “we cut them and refrigerate them immediately to take the heat out of them, which retains all the flavour.”
The microgreens are the first stage of plant growth, the seedling, and they are ready in about two weeks. David, a gardener, explains: “All the plants’ effort goes into putting the nutrients into the seed, so the seedlings are the most nutritious and have the best flavour.”
Their main costs are for the seed, the compostable packaging and their knowledge of growing. They admit their microgreens are more expensive than some wholesalers but say their produce is hours fresher, something they can achieve by being local to their customers. “Our microgreens are not harvested, packaged, shipped to a distributor, repackaged, stored again then shipped again, it just goes straight out to the chefs,” said Katherine, who has a degree in the Environment and Sustainability. In 2020, the couple are setting up a 1 acre horticultural micro-farm on the edge of Crickhowell and hope to be offereing their first produce to local residents from mid summer.
Langtons Farm Microgreens is currently closed due to COVID-19. Check their social media pages for further updates.
Article and photographs by Tim Jones, As You See It Media
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