Sprouting at the Napa Farmers Market

Sprouting at the Napa Farmers Market


There is a new vendor at Napa’s Tuesday farmers market, which is always a great thing for our market customers.

Katy Pomelov, owner of Lifefood Gardens, is a new farmer in Kelseyville, farming on 4.59 acres her family purchased just last May. Pomelov thought about farming for a long time, while she was working in the computer industry in the Bay Area for 14 years, cramming her family’s backyard in the Sunset district of San Francisco full of fruit trees and vegetables, and the windowsills filled with sprouts and microgreens of many vegetables. After being laid off last year, she decided to pursue her dream and move to the country.

For her first year of business, she decided to concentrate on growing microgreens — that is, plants harvested at young seedling stages — of many vegetables, herbs and greens. This is great for us, since it is difficult to find high-quality microgreens, or much of a selection. She grows wheatgrass, curly cress, broccoli, red and green kale, tatsoi, mustard, sunflower, Napa cabbage, onion, dill, buckwheat , a spicy salad mix and more.

She grows in trays, and most of the greens are available in 1/8-inch tray amounts, freshly cut for you right at the market. She hasn’t forgotten about the kitties either, so you can pick up fresh kitty greens, giving your kitties a tasty and nutritious surprise.

Not only are Pomelov’s microgreens a new product for the Napa Farmers Market, so are her growing practices. She uses organic soil and seed, and waters her greens twice daily with a sea salt solution. This is not the sea salt we use for cooking, but a sea salt that is sun-dried with no rain during the drying process, thus retaining all of the 90 trace minerals.

If you like wheatgrass, her Ocean Grown wheatgrass has all 90 trace minerals available, a terrific boost to your juice or smoothie.

Pomelov is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about her growing practices, and after talking to her for a few minutes I had to read more about Dr. Maynard Murray’s pioneering work using sea solids to irrigate croplands, and her mentor Donald Jansen’s more recent work. Be sure to stop by and ask her more about how she grows her delicious microgreens. It is fascinating, and we are lucky to have her greens available for us to enjoy.

Pomelov loves to make wraps with her microgreens. She makes a blended nut butter with walnuts, sunflowers, olive oil, sesame oil, hemp oil, dried herbs, bell pepper and onion, and spreads it on a wrap with cabbage leaves, microgreens, avocado, tomato and peppers — a delicious, high-protein vegetarian lunch.

Green Smoothie

3/4 cup almond milk

1 handful kale leaves, ribs and stems removed

1 handful baby spinach leaves

1/2 pear or banana

2 Tbsp. almond butter

1 Tbsp. ground flax

1/2 cup sprouts or microgreens, your choice

Whirl all ingredients together in a blender until smooth, adding more almond milk until desired consistency is reached.

Rose Loveall-Sale is a member of the Napa Farmers Market board and the owner of Morningsun Herb Farm. The Napa Farmers Market is every Tuesday and Saturday through October from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Oxbow Public Market lot. The market is WIC-certified and accepts EBT.


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