it's the Friday, before Mother's Day weekend, and Kate Lainhart (left) is busy harvesting tray after tray of micro greens at Manakintowne Specialty Growers for local resturants on Friday, May 6, 2011. Manakintowne Specialty Growers is a 21-acre farm in Powhatan County, Virginia, where Jo Pendergraph (second from right), her family and team raise specialty produce for chefs and markets of Richmond, Charlottesville and Williamsburg and a food hub. This includes the online food hub of Lulus Local Food served by the Fall Line Farms cooperative. This is one of the farms that chefs get those seemingly unique greens such as French Sorrel, Pea Shoots, Frisee, Tat soi, Mizuna, Pink/green radish shoots, Sunflower shoots, Baby red mustard, Tuscan Kale, Beet greens. All harvested by hand and scissors micro greens such as Pak choi, Tat soi, Mizuna, Purple kohlrabi, Shungiku (edible chrysanthemum), Ruby chard, Purple/Daikon/Triton radish, Red amaranth and Bull's Blood Beet. To be enjoyed by the eyes and mouth, edible flowers such as African Blue Basil, Nasturtiums, Johnny Jump Ups, and Chive blossoms Dianthus (pinks) are grown here. The seasonal choices are listed by suppliers and ordered by members on Lulus Local Food website, the food is distributed to pick-up points in the Richmond area. Together, they offer a wide variety of household food staples and specialty fruits, vegetables, meats, soaps, eggs, cheeses, flowers, honey, pastas, sauces, syrups, baked goods, mushrooms, flour and grains from and for the Richmond area. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 14, 2014