By Adam Calder, Produce Manager

We are excited to offer you some new items in the produce department salad case! Superior Fresh is a Wisconsin company that specializes in salad greens, herbs and Atlantic salmon. We have a selection of Superior Fresh spring mix, arugula, baby spinach, baby romaine mix, power greens mix (spinach, mustard, arugula, kale, oak leaf lettuce) and live butterhead lettuce.

The Superior Fresh aquaponics system is a closed ecosystem involving nitriyfying bacteria, fish and plants. The beginning of this system is the fish which are fed a diet void of any hormones or antibiotics. As the fish digest their food and as a result ammonia and solid waste begin to accumulate in the water the fish live in.

These fish wastes are then fed upon by bacteria that break down the waste into nitrates and other nutrients. This water, now full of nutrition in a readily available form for plants to absorb, is pumped into a hydroponic growing system where the roots of the salad greens can absorb the nutrition in the water. The plants grow and thrive in the six acre glass greenhouse that houses the hydroponic setup.

This water, now clean and free of all metabolic waste, is pumped back into the fish tanks to begin the cycle anew. The results are healthy fish, verdant plants, delicious food and clean water. The salads are washed and ready to eat, certified organic and are picked and packed the day they are shipped. They are incredibly fresh and have a great shelf life in your home refrigerator, although these greens are so tasty you likely won’t give them the chance to sit around and expire.

The distribution warehouse that supplies these salads to Wheatsfield has not yet been able to work out the logistics to carry the Superior Fresh Atlantic salmon, but they are working out the details so hopefully in the near future the Wheatsfield Meat Department will be able to offer it for sale.

In the meantime, come check out these new greens in the produce department and take some home for dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow. It may be autumn, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy delicious, fresh and nutritious salad greens.