NEW Business Spotlight: MicroGiants

Gahanna residents Nate & Whit Lundquist had been planning to start an urban farm for about a year, but they were busy with content creation projects (film, advertising, etc.) through their company Framework. When the pandemic hit, much of that work disappeared. With extra time on their hands and an awareness in the community for locally grown produce, they focused on how they could serve the community. That’s how MicroGiants—their local company offering fresh microgreens delivered directly to your door—was born.

“The mission of MicroGiants is to protect the health of our local community through delicious, locally grown, organic, microgreens,” Nate said. “The question I always ask is, would you rather have your greens grown far away by someone you don’t know, and shipped over vast distances to be placed in grocery stores where they sit on shelves for long periods of time OR have your greens grown specifically for you by a local farmer you actually know–and have them delivered fresh right to your door within 24 hours of being harvested?”

MicroGiants focuses on growing a small, popular variety that covers a broad spectrum of flavor and offers high nutrient value. They grow Sunflower, Pea Shoots, Radish, Wheatgrass (for juicers), and a Spicy Salad Mix containing Broccoli, Kale, Arugula, Purple Vienna Kohlrabi, Red Acre Cabbage, and Southern Giant Mustard.

“Based on a study from the University of Maryland, the microgreens we grow can contain up to 40 TIMES the amount of nutrients per-gram as fully grown veggies,” he said. “We grow vertically indoors so we can very precisely control the growing conditions and serve our customers all year around. When other local produce is out of season, you can still get fresh farm-to-table microgreens delivered weekly right to your door. It’s especially key going into fall and winter when protecting against sickness is all the more crucial. Microgreens are loaded with vitamins and nutrients.”

 

“We take GREAT care in cleanliness, from mask wearing to sterilizing our growing supplies to overall hygiene. Our oldest daughter, who is nine now, actually had two liver transplants in 2015, so we’re very used to protecting our family from germs and harmful bacteria. We apply all of that experience when it comes to growing healthy and safe microgreens for the people we serve.”

To learn more, visit MicroGiants.co or find MicroGiants at the Gahanna Farmers Market.

 

 

Business Spotlight: Expressions Floral Design

Many local Gahanna businesses have suffered devastating losses in the wake of COVID-19. Yet many have come up with innovative ways to conduct businesses and provide great service to their customers—all while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Jody Brown-Spivey is one of those business owners. Jody is the owner of Expressions Floral Design Studio.

Jody is an accredited—and renowned– floral designer who has helped to direct the floral design and pageantry of the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California for many years.  Customers know her for her beautiful floral designs and her friendly French bulldogs- Jasmine and Violet (who often help out around the shop). Jody closed her shop for a few weeks when the pandemic initially hit, but she has reopened and added some creative procedures for the benefit of her customers and her staff.

“We immediately added e-gift cards to our website.  They can be purchased in any increment and sent directly to their recipient, along with a card message, so that the recipient can purchase and/or receive flowers when it’s convenient and safe for them,” she said.

“We were fortunate enough to have a pick-up window in the store that was installed for the previous tenant.  We asked customers to place their orders via phone or our website (working with smaller staff) to prepay. Then they just give us a call or knock on the window for their pick up.

“Just today (May 27), we were able to source and receive plexiglass to install at the register area, allowing us to be able to unlock our doors on June 1.  We will be celebrating and by offering a few great specials next week on our website to thank our local customers!”