Urban Lettuce Tasting Featured at Green Drinks

By Analiese Paik

MetroCrops' UCONN interns at a recent tasting of their urban mesclun mix. Photo c/o MetroCrops

Urban lettuce is growing indoors in Bridgeport as part of MetroCrops’ effort to supply retailers with fresh, local food grown by local workers using smart technology. Steve Domyan of MetroCrops and the company’s UCONN College of Agriculture student interns will be at the Green Drinks meeting on Tuesday, January 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to discuss their USDA-funded research and conduct a taste test survey. Come on over for a taste of local mesclun mix!

Lettuce is full of fiber and vitamins (not to mention lots of other fantastic properties which humans don’t even know about yet) and when fresh, is quite tasty eaten plain. Make your own vinaigrette with 3 parts extra virgin olive oil and 1 part vinegar or lemon juice, some salt and pepper, and you’ve got a great salad any time of year. In the winter, add dried cranberries and toasted pine nuts to make it more interesting, appealing to the eye, and nutritious.

Tasting survey participants are eligible to participate in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to The Shack.

Green Drinks Meeting Featuring MetroCrops Lettuce Tasting

The Shack, Hometown Grill (2070 Post Rd, Fairfield)

Tues, Jan 8, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

RSVP: Join us at Fairfield Green Drinks

Connecticut-based Metrocrops is an innovative, urban, high density farming initiative, focused on growing salad greens using custom hydroponic expertise and proprietary LED lighting technology. MetroCrops will solve some of the limitations of conventional farming by growing indoors, in climate controlled environments and make use of the large inventory of under utilized, affordable, industrial buildings in cities. This initiative will provide new, high quality, year-round, urban, non-outsourcable, green jobs. http://metrocrops.com/


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