Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Sunshower Farms Organic?
A: Sunshower Farms grows all vegetables and microgreens using organic practices. This means, most simply, that we do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We also do not use GMO seeds. We also raise our animals according to organic practices so that all of our meat, eggs and milk products are hormone free, free range etc. That said, we are not certified organic due to the cost and the time commitment of certification. We welcome anyone to come to the farm for a tour or to volunteer at the farm to see how we farm. If you would like to come out for a tour, please call to set up a time to come at (808) 443-6330 or email Kate at Kate@sunshowercoffee.com.
Q: What are Microgreens?
A: Microgreens are whole plants harvested at a young seedling stage after a few leaves have begun to develop beyond the cotyledons (the baby leaves on sprouts). Microgreens are different from sprouts, which are younger and usually grown in water rather than soil.
Q: What is Wheatgrass and how do I use it?
A: Our wheatgrass is grown from organic hard red winter wheat seeds in garden flats in a soil potting medium. If planted in the ground, it would eventually become wheat. Wheatgrass is typically juiced using a masticating juicer and the juice is consumed in small quantities - between one and six ounces a day. There are numerous health benefits associated with drinking wheatgrass that stem from the large amounts of chlorophyl present in wheatgrass juice.
Q: Can I buy full flats of your microgreens and wheatgrass while it is still living?
A: Yes! We sell full flats of wheatgrass for $12 a flat at the farm or in our CSA. We also sell full flats of microgreens that you can customize by advance special order. We will deliver these in the Kona area if you are part of our CSA, or you can pick up you full flat at the farm.
Q: Where in Kona can I find your products?
A: You can buy our vegetables and microgreens directly from us in our CSA or by coming up to the farm. You can also find our aloha micro mix and sunflower shoots in the produce section of Island Naturals. You'll also find our microgreens at these Kona area restaurants!
Q: How do I use Microgreens and how long do they last?
A: Microgreens make vibrantly hued, delicious and nutritious additions to salads, sandwiches and soups. We often use ours as a bed for sashimi or just make a whole salad just out of our microgreens. They can also be used to garnish entrees like steak and fish. Microgreens last 5-7 days if kept dry and cold. We wrap ours in a towel and store them in a glass container in the crisper drawer. To make yours last longer, be sure to change the towel at the first sign of dampness. Another way to make your microgreens last a long time is to buy them still planted in soil, and harvest them as you want to eat them. You can buy full flats from us using this order form or by calling the farm at (808) 443-6330.
Q: How healthy are Microgreens?
A: Microgreens are scientifically proven to be extremely nutritious, often four to six times as nutritious as the mature leaves of the same plant. In 2012, researchers at the University of Maryland College Park published a study analyzing the nutrients in 25 varieties of microgreens. They found that all of the microgreens had more nutrients than their mature counterparts and there was variation among them – red cabbage was highest in vitamin C, for instance, while the green daikon radish had the most vitamin E.
Q: What are Sunflower Shoots? How should I use them?
A: Sunflower Shoots are, most basically, a juvenile sunflower plant - less than two weeks old. Sunflower Shoots are great because they are a crisp, mildly nutty, and a nutritional super food. Sunflower Shoots are a delicious lettuce replacement in salads, a great addition to a sandwich or wrap and perfect as a bed for cooked meat or fish. We love them because they are 25% protein by weight and make any salad more filling.
Q: How nutritious are Sunflower Shoots?
A: Sunflower shoots are a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein, vitamins A, B complex, D, and E; they also contain minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. In addition to these vitamins and minerals, sunflower greens are a rich source of lecithin which helps break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water soluble form, and chlorophyll which benefits many functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, activating enzymes, and deodorizing the body.