FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I preserve my microgreens?


Keep your microgreens refrigerated and you can expect a 7-14 day shelf life. Look to see if any moisture or condensation starts to form inside the clamshell. If so, pat the microgreens dry with a paper towel and then place the paper towel at the bottom of the clamshell. This will soak up any residual moisture and keep your greens from premature spoilage.




When will I get my microgreens after I place an order?


How your delivery date is calculated is by your orders longest lead-time. Let's say you ordered broccoli which takes 7 days until harvest and radish which takes 10 days, then the delivery date would be in 10 days. To avoid waiting for your greens in the future subscribe weekly or monthly and receive 10% off! *EXCEPTION - We are growing microgreens on a weekly basis for other customers, so if there are extra greens available that would fulfill your order your lead-time may be cut in half. This is why we send you a follow-up email confirming the delivery date. For more information go to our How it Works page or contact us at service@valleymicrogreen.com!




How long do microgreens stay fresh?


Keep your microgreens refrigerated and typically you can expect a 7-14 day shelf life. We recommend checking on your microgreens every couple of days to see if any moister or condensation starts to form inside the clamshell. If so, pat the microgreens dry with a paper towel and then place the paper towel at the bottom of the clamshell. This will soak up any residual moister and keep your greens from premature spoilage.




Can I cancel my "Subscribe & Save" subscription?


Of course, you can! Keep in mind, that once you cancel your subscription, you will have to contact us to reactivate it. This is done to stop people from selecting the "Subscribe & Save" option on every order to save 10%.




Do you sell live trays?


We do sell a limited number of live trays to chefs and institutions. Please contact us for more informatin about our live trays for sale!




Do microgreens really have the health benefits that you state on your website?


Absolutely! If you research the health benefits of microgreens, you'll find a plethora of studies that show how powerful these little greens are. Think about it, these are just the small version of the larger plant but with up to 40x more nutrients! So whenever you read about the health benefits of other vegetables, it applies to microgreens as well! Please keep in mind, these are not our claims and we do not, in any way, say that these are miracle greens that can cure everything. We use widely available scientific studies to make our own assumptions based on the facts. We highly recommend you do your own research before making a purchase so you fully understand what are microgreens.




Do microgreens need to be washed before eating them?


According to the USDA (United States Agriculture Department), it is recommended that all produce should be rinsed before consumption. Our microgreens are grown in a sterile environment, so we feel rinsing is not mandatory. But if you feel more comfortable rinsing your microgreens before consumption, please do so. Just make sure to give them a very quick rinse with water. Try not to soak your microgreens when washing them. Rinsing your microgreens will wash off any seed hulls as well as any coco coir or soil that may have been attached from harvesting them.




Can I cook with microgreens?


No. You cannot cook your microgreens. Since these little greens are still in their infancy, if you subject them to high heat, they will quickly break down and lose all of their nutrients. Therefore, we recommend adding them to your dish once it's ready to be served. If you're having hot soup, drop your microgreens in right before you're about to eat. They will still retain all of their nutrients because it's not actually being cooked.




Can I dehydrate my microgreens and put them in smoothies?


Yes. We actually recommend dehydrating microgreens if you have some left over and they look like they're about to spoil. Smoothies with added microgreens really pack a healthy punch!




Are they organic?


We are not certified organic growers. Our growing method is considered organic because we don't use any fertilizers or pesticides and only use non-contaminated organic soil and coconut coir. Plus we only use Non-GMO seeds and purified water. So technically, it is organic growing, BUT not every seed we purchase is organic. Some of the seed varieties are not available as organic. We try our best to only purchase organic seeds but even if they are not organic, rest knowing that they are all Non-GMO seeds grown in an organic way! So it's as close to organic as you can possibly get.




Can microgreens be frozen?


Yes, you can freeze microgreens, but it is not recommended. When you freeze any plants or vegetables, they can lose 40% to 60% of their nutrients! Therefore, we highly recommend dehydrating your microgreens instead. Dehydrating results in a nutrient loss of only 3-5% and retains flavors better than canning or freezing. You can use the dehydrated microgreens in smoothies or sprinkle on your food for an extra kick of flavor and nutrients.




How do I know if my microgreens are spoiled because I've had them for too long?


There are a few ways to tell that your microgreens are about to expire and should be thrown away. They begin to smell really bad. As with all produce, once they start to decay, they give off a foul odor. Keep in mind, that some microgreens don't smell that great, to begin with. For instance, take broccoli. It's one of the most powerful microgreens but the smell isn't much to be desired. So don't think it's bad just because it smells a bit. You should be able to smell the difference of decaying produce and ones that just don't smell great based on the particular variety. The stems become mushy. This is usually where decay begins. Too much moisture can decay any produce and lead to premature spoilage. We recommend checking on your microgreens every couple of days to see if any moisture or condensation starts to form inside the clamshell. If so, pat the microgreens dry with a paper towel and then place the paper towel at the bottom of the clamshell. This will soak up any residual moisture and keep your greens from premature spoilage.




What areas do you deliver in?


We offer free delivery to all of our customers within the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. If your address is within 15 miles of 18103 then we got you covered! If you are outside of that 15 mile range and are still interested in our microgreens please contact us!




Can I pickup my microgreens rather them being delivered?


Unfortunately, we currently offer free delivery with your purchase only. We apologize if this is an inconvenience for you in any way!




Are you insured?


Yes! We are fully insured with the Food Liability Insurance Program.





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