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Microgreens FAQ

On a Mission to Provide Organic, Sustainable and Locally-Grown Microgreens to the Tampa Bay Area

We founded First Leaf Farm with a goal to provide fresh, pure and living microgreens to our local Tampa Bay market.throughout the years, we’ve seen some of the same questions from our customers and website visitors, and wanted to answer them here for you.

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your question, or give us a call at 727-647-7776 (if we don’t answer right away, we could be arm deep in our microgreen grow room).

Are microgreens and sprouts the same thing?

Nope. Both microgreens and sprouts are baby versions of their adult counterpart, but that’s just about where the similarities end. Let’s delve a little deeper:

  • VEGETABLE SPROUTS are typically grown without a medium by being shoved into a jar of water and rinsed often. Through this method, you will typically see a harvest in 3-5 days; from there, you do not allow leaf development, and instead, you eat the roots’ stems.

    • This method can lead to contamination issues like E. coli if constant care is not provided to the sprouts.
  • MICROGREENS are grown by spreading out seeds over a medium, including (but not limited to) soil, coconut coir, jute, hemp, etc.

    • At First Leaf Farm, we prefer soilless methods like jute or coconut coir.
    • Microgreens are typically grown between 10-21 days, depending on the variety
    • With microgreens, allow for the first leaf development, and then to eat them, you harvest just above the seed.
    • Consume the stem and leaf of a microgreen (just a fun little tidbit - microgreens are widely considered a safer and more flavorful alternative to sprouts).

Do you ship your microgreens?

We only sell living microgreens, and as such, we do not ship them. We have not found a reliable way to ship our product and also be able to guarantee freshness.

Do you deliver your microgreens?

Yes. There is a minimum order requirement; currently, we only deliver our microgreens within Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in Florida.

How soon can I get my microgreens?

We are usually at the Saturday Morning Market each Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 with a wide variety of tasty microgreens to choose from. We also gladly grow to order and will deliver them with a minimum order and as long as you are in Pinellas or Hillsborough Counties. If we grow to order, it is usually 10-14 days to deliver depending on the variety. 

Do you sell microgreen seeds?

Currently, we do not resell seeds.