Even though our garden is still producing plenty of late-season veggies, I'm thinking ahead to our standard fall and winter "wheatgrass ." When we start feeling that sense of deprivation that comes from consuming only pale and limp grocery store veggies, we break out the trays and the juicer and start our own indoor meadow right there on the counter top.
It really is so very simple. And in addition to providing healthy juice, it's pleasant to have something vibrant and green to rest your eyes on. The only catch is that you have to have a juicer ; don't even try it in your regular blender or juicer. It'll mess it all up. But they're not too expensive and it's a fun gadget to have around.
Sam loves helping pick the grass and turn the crank. He can do the whole operation by himself. The only thing he doesn't do is drink the juice. He tried it once and that was enough for now:)
If you want to try it yourself all you'll need are some wheat berries, trays and the juicer. Just put some dirt in the tray, cover the top with wheat berries, water it and let it sit, covered with another tray, until they begin to sprout. Once they sprout, take off the cover and let the grass grow, keeping it watered. You'll be surprised how fast it grows; you can practically see the little blades stretching toward the light.
And you'll be able to get more than one harvest out of your tray. Start at one end and snip off a couple handfuls of grass for each "shot" of juice. By the time you get to the end of the tray, that first row will have grown tall again and will be ready for round two. Enjoy!