The basil got harvested today to go out to restaurant clients of ours, so I thought I would take some pics early this morning before they came out of the system…If you notice Siena Tavern’s pasta sauce tasting even better than it already is (yes, hard to imagine!!), that’s because they are now using Greens & Gills’ fresh, local basil. #hardtobeat
Last Friday, December 28th, 2012, the Chicago Department of Public Health came out to do a licensing inspection. We passed and can proudly say that Greens & Gills, LLC is the FIRST licensed aquaponic farm in the city of Chicago. It took a lot of hard work, but in the end we think it will all pay dividends.
We are now legally allowed to sell our produce and fish to restaurants, grocers, and at farmer’s markets. Look for us in your neighborhood in 2013…
Another new development – we have started to grow micro greens in our micro green system. This is a 6-tiered hydroponic system that will eventually utilize our matured aquaponic water for growing the micros. The beautiful part about micro greens is that you are harvesting them so young that there is no need to fertilize the plants. Therefore, we are using our carbon-filtered water that is pH-adjusted, and are seeing great results thus far. We started with a variety from some older seeds I had, but plan to focus in on 2-3 varieties, so we can ensure a consistent supply to our restaurants and retail customers. Some of the micros we grew in our first run include: arugula, pac choi, red cabbage, two mustard varieties, lemon basil, opal basil, cinnamon basil, and some more.