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Greener Microgreens


Michael McDonough’s Tongore Brook Farm, a small, family-owned farm in Stone Ridge (Ulster County) is as green as they come. Solar and geothermal energy power the greenhouse where certified organic microgreens, including pea shoots, adzuki bean sprouts, wheatgrass and sunshoots grow year ‘round. The nutrient-rich greens, grown in specialized soil blends, are fed with purified rainwater before being hand-picked and brought to market.

In addition to marketing individual microgreens, McDonough is constantly creating new and custom mixes like Ayurvedic Mix and Holiday Mix. The journalist-turned-farmer uses the mixes to create an edible narrative on the shelves of the local stores he stocks.

McDonough currently is working with the New York State Department of Ag and Markets to develop non-CBD/non-THC certified organic hemp microgreens, as well as organic hemp CBD products. Other new goods from the farm include a line of unblended and unfiltered single-forest organic maple products, including maple water and maple syrup. The farm will soon launch a new line of pesto using only New York State-sourced organic ingredients.

Tongore Brook Farm’s microgreens can be found at retail locations throughout the region, including Adams Fairacre Farms, Mother Earth’s Storehouse, Nature’s Pantry, Sunflower Natural and Beacon Natural Market.

Tongore Brook Farm
Stone Ridge
(646) 256-4497; tongorebrook.com

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