Michigan, the Midwest…Mars?
One of us (co-founder Ben Kant) has a vision: to be the first farmer on Mars. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Using aquaponics methods, both produce and protein can be grown just about anywhere—so why not outer space?
Our other half (co-founder Tripp Frey), has more earthly ideas. So, we compromised on the closest planet to us, and settled on West Michigan for our home base.
Why Start with Lettuce?
Starting small (as in: not the cosmos) just makes sense. Lettuce grows quickly and easily. It’s a staple in most households. But, right now, nearly all West Michigan lettuce is shipped from Arizona and California. And, loses a little more oomph with every state it has to cross.
By growing lettuce locally, we can eliminate more than six days and 2,000 miles of shipping—and ultimately make soggy, sad, subpar lettuce a thing of the past. At least for Michiganders.
About Our Lettuce
Because we’re local, we can deliver our lettuce to your grocer’s shelves in days, not weeks. That means it tastes better—like it was just picked. Because it was. The aquaponics process allows us to pack our lettuce without running it through chlorine water, which is what happens to lettuce grown in dirt. We carefully tend to our lettuce, preventing damage to leaves and cell walls, keeping it crisp and fresh up to three weeks.
We like to say: our fish keep us honest. Our lettuce is free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides because it has to be to keep the fish and the symbiotic process alive. It’s also non-GMO certified. And, of course, 100% gluten free. No kidding.
It’s Simply Superior
Through the aquaponics process, we’re able to uphold the highest standards of food safety. We grow our lettuce from seed to final package in water without soil, greatly lowering the risk of contamination that can come from dirt or commingling with other produce from other farms. Our closed facility and controlled environment prevent animals from wandering through our crops and protect from potential toxic runoff from nearby farms.
To the Universe and Infinity!
That greenhouse on Mars is just one of our (that is, Ben’s) ambitious goals. Lettuce is only the beginning. We aim to lead the aquaponics industry and be the local grower of produce of all types: lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, spinach, blueberries, and more! We imagine a world where walking into the produce aisle is an exploration of all things local and sustainable.
Original Salad Mix: The Diplomat
Green Butter • Red Oak • Sweet Crisp
Original Salad Mix is out to please everyone—and does. With a refreshing blend of colors, textures, and flavors, it’s as attractive as it is tasty. Green Butter brings the sweetness, Red Oak adds some zing, and Sweet Crisp gives it a tender crunch. It’s versatile, it’s accommodating, it’s your ideal, all-around salad base.
Beautiful Bibb: The Superstar
Green Butter wins the popularity contest, hands down. Its sweet, buttery taste satisfies even the pickiest palates and its soft texture makes it easygoing for every eater: from toddlers to grandmas. Comfort food at its best, this single-variety Bibb lettuce is a sure winner.
Garden Greens: The Connoisseur
Green Oak • Sweet Crisp • Romaine
Garden Greens is the salad mix made for more distinguished tastes. It has a rustic feel and adventurous flavor profile, with a little bite, a little crispiness, and a lot of green. It’s like it came from your own garden, but, even better, it came from us!
Robust Romaine: The Prodigy
Our Robust Romaine is not the lettuce you think you know. And that’s a good thing. Unlike supermarket romaine, ours is only the lush, green leaves—with none of the under-developed, nutrient-deficient, yellow inner leaves. It’s crunchy, but not tough; it’s flavorful and rich; and it’s convenient—ready to go from package to plate in minutes.