Hydro-whaaat?! 4 Reasons to Buy Hydroponic Produce

 

Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants without soil, a subset of hydro-culture. Published work involving this practice dates back to as early as 1627, in Francis Bacon's A Natural History. There are even naturally occurring plants that rely on water delivered directly to their roots, without the help of soil. Some types of orchids, for example, absorb water straight from humidity in the air!

At Crop Spot Farms in Ann Arbor, Michigan we are taking this principle of hydroponic cultivation and applying it to the production of leafy greens, herbs, and vegetables. Read on for 4 reasons why you should source hydroponically grown produce.

1) great taste and good for you.

Specialty varieties of crops provide the best flavors but require extra TLC. Through hydroponics, these crops thrive by providing their ideal growing environment with optimized lighting, climate control, and regular irrigation. These nutritious crops are packed with vitamins and minerals essential for our health.

2) farm-to-fork freshness, year round

Every season is the perfect season to grow hydroponic produce. The use of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) allows the highest quality crops to be harvested and delivered same-day, dirt-free, and at the peak of freshness to your dinner table any day of the year — even in Michigan's harshest winters. Crops like lettuces can be delivered as a living plant, remaining fresh for weeks after harvest.

3) pesticide-free and non-gmo

You can rest assured knowing your produce was grown without the use of harmful pesticides, using non-GMO seeds as nature intended. CEA provides an environment free of pests and weeds, so crops can grow unhindered.

4) low environmental footprint

Hydroponic crops are fed vital nutrients directly to their roots. Through this process, the plants spend less of their time and energy growing massive root systems to get the water and nutrients they need, allowing them to focus on growing the parts we eat. Most hydroponic systems consume up to 90% less water than traditional soil farming, preserving a scarce commodity in many parts of the world. Moreover, agriculture is the largest single cause of deforestation and severe forest degradation (WWF). When we are able to grow the equivalent of nearly 2 acres in a 320 square foot space, we are really minimizing our impact on this earth.