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A new opportunity for an old business: microgreens at Grass Roots Nursery

Seen here is a flat of earthy garnet amaranth surrounded by speckled peas microgreens that have a sweet taste and a nice crunch. Grass Roots Nursery in New Boston is entering their 47th year in business by launching a new gardening venture: growing microgreens. (Photos courtesy of Sam Bates)


Business profile submitted by Sam Bates of Grass Roots Nursery

Grass Roots is a name that has been in Huron Township for almost half a century. Starting off a
new decade has really put some things into perspective, and we would really like to share these
thoughts with whoever may be reading. We have survived off almost all word of mouth advertising since conception in 1973 and we are truly blessed to have such a loyal and passionate customer base and community. 2020 will be our 47th year in business and we have never been this excited and grateful. Thank you to anyone and everyone from the past, present and future who has kept this small family business alive. It quite literally means the world to us.

Starting as a tree and shrub nursery, we evolved into something else entirely over the years.
Our focus, as I am sure some of you may know, is waterfalls, koi ponds, landscaping, etc. Don’t worry, none of that is changing or going away. However, the seasonality of the current business doesn’t leave enough room for growth for our 2nd and now 3rd generation, so we are starting a new endeavor and would like to make our community and current customer base aware of this micro evolution to our company.

What’s new?

We are now growing microgreens! For those of you who may be familiar, these are different
than sprouts. As you read this, we have delicious, nutritious and beautiful microgreens growing
hydroponically. Our goal with growing these is to educate and supply as many people as we can with these tiny wonders of the world. Most are exponentially more dense in nutrition than their adult counterparts and have an insane amount of vitamins comparatively to most other foods in general.

Speckled peas microgreens seen here as they reach for sunlight. The yellow colors on the tiny foliage turn green as the plants get closer to harvest.

What kinds are there and how are they used?

Just like other veggies, there seems to be an infinite amount of microgreen varieties as well.
We are currently growing sunflower and pea shoots along with broccoli, radishes, tatsoi, kale and our own blends that we call spring mix and spicy mix. Just like each of the greens having their own nutrient and vitamin profile, they each have very distinct tastes that make them different. The versatility of microgreens is incredible, however I will share how we use them on a daily basis.

No need for hot sauce on your eggs in the morning when you have daikon or red Rambo
radish greens to add a bit of spice to kick off your morning. Broccoli and sunflower are both great additions to smoothies to add flavor and bunches of vitamins and minerals. Tatsoi has a mild taste with a bit of a peppery finish and makes for a great green crunch to sandwiches. Many people use these as garnishes to dishes for a bit of flavor, but our favorite way to use them is in higher quantities so we can obtain more benefits from the nutrition as well as their lovely flavors.

Broccoli and Radish microgreens (seen here) contain an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals, but what’s even better is their taste. These versatile greens can be added into an endless amount of dishes.

Questions, Comments or Concerns?

Like we said earlier, we appreciate our community, customers and everyone in between. The
least we can do for you, is answer anything you feel is left unsaid here.

Here is a link to the Grass Roots microgreens website.

Also visit the Grass Roots Pond & Garden website here, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

You can also call 734-753-9200 or email us at info@grassrootspondandgarden.com. We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you a great start to the new year.

Grass Roots Nursery is located at 24765 Bell Road in New Boston.

Article posted Jan. 6, 2020


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The Huron Hub’s year in review: 2019’s top stories


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 30, 2019

So long, 2019 — your days are numbered.

With the new year just around the corner, it’s a good time to look back on some of the top stories to make headlines in Huron Township this past year.

Over 160,000 readers visited HuronHub.com in 2019, and we thank each of you for allowing The Huron Hub to serve you with Huron’s news and events.

See you in 2020.

Happy New Year!

The Huron Hub’s year in review — The top ten stories out of Huron Township this year: 

– Waltz Road Bridge reopens

– Wayne County closes deal worth $4.9 million on Pinnacle Aeropark Property

– Army Sergeant Amanda West honored in Huron Township

– Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking own life

– 4 arrested during undercover human trafficking operation in Huron Township

– Gibbs Sweet Station in New Boston announces closure

– Southgate teen charged with making terroristic threat against Huron High School student

-Community pulls together to get new roof installed on Huron resident’s house

– ATM stolen during smash-and-grab at Huron Township gas station; police believe incident part of larger operation

– Huron, Sumpter officers commended for saving suicidal man’s life

– Busch’s Market in Carleton to close, location will reopen under new ownership


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What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Answer this important question in our poll

Everybody loves turkey, right?


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Nov. 26, 2019

Thanksgiving is upon us, and it has us asking — what is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

We created a poll for this pressing question. Already added are some Thanksgiving staples, but feel free to add your own favorite. You can vote for more than one option, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 


 

Fall puts on a show in Michigan, but what’s the purpose?

Fall colors seen in Huron Township. (Archive photo by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


Causes, common misconceptions, and opportunities to enjoy the annual fall show

Submitted by: Huron-Clinton Metroparks

As the leaves begin their annual autumn color change, there’s no better time to get out and explore the beautiful natural scenery in Michigan. Typically, peak season to experience fall colors in southeast Michigan is around mid-October. But the reason behind nature’s annual show is a mystery to many.

“There’s nothing like the vibrant colors of autumn in Michigan,” said Amy McMillan, Director at the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. “Everywhere you look is a one-of-a-kind color palette. While it’s beautiful to witness, it’s also an essential process to protect our trees. It helps ensure that trees are prepared to survive the upcoming winter.”

The simple answer behind the color change is declining daylight, which signals to trees that winter is coming. Leaves get their green color from chlorophyll that is produced through photosynthesis. When the days shorten, the process slows. Veins that connect leaves to the tree to share nutrients and water are eventually closed off and no new chlorophyll is produced. Other sugars like carotenoid can then shine through to show off the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows associated with autumn.

“The colors are there the whole time,” said Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Supervisor at the Metroparks. “As the days shorten, they finally get the opportunity to shine through as chlorophyll production slows and eventually stops. It’s a common misconception that cold weather is the key factor for the color change. Shorter days actually have the greatest influence. It’s also a safety mechanism for trees. Trees store nutrients to ensure growth in spring. By sealing off the leaves, trees are able to retain the needed nutrients in their roots.”

After they are sealed off, leaves eventually are shed from the tree. Many people think the show ends there as the leaves should then be raked and bagged. However, this is another common misconception. It’s not actually necessary to rake leaves. In fact, fallen leaves are good for the soil. They form a protective layer on the ground that helps release and retain nutrients, which supports a strong ecosystem.

While a variety of factors make it hard to pinpoint when exactly peak color season will occur, there are many reports that work to predict when it will hit. Visitors looking to experience peak fall colors can learn more here.

As that time quickly approaches here in southeast Michigan, it’s also important to be aware of the best places to get out and see the brilliant colors. The Metroparks have opportunities for individuals and families to explore on their own or take part in group activities. With 13 Metroparks across five counties in southeast Michigan, there are many chances to enjoy the show.

“The colors of autumn make it one of the best seasons to get out and explore your local parks. And there’s plenty of chances to do so across the Metroparks, whether you’re a photographer looking to capture the scenes or a family who wants to spend a Saturday enjoying the colors,” said McMillan.

To learn more about the fall experience at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, please visit Metroparks.com/FallFun.


 

365 Health Care Group opens in New Boston


Published by The Huron Hub on Wednesday, August 7, 2019


The 365 Health Care Group has purchased the medical practice of Dr. Toms Mathew located at 19270 Hannan Road New Boston as of Aug. 1, 2019.

We provide value based primary health care and full service laboratory diagnostic services.

We have four board certified providers and serve four locations in Wayne County.

• Dearborn
• Wayne
• Wyandotte
• New Boston

Appointments in New Boston are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We plan to extend services in the future to afterhours Urgent Care as well as additional business hours on Tuesday & Thursday.

We are committed to providing the highest quality health care services to the Huron Township community and look forward to serving its citizens and employees for years to come.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 313-563-6000.

Source: Michael Pagnano, 365 Health Care Group


Over 200 seniors to graduate Friday evening during commencement at Huron High School

Congratulations and good luck to the Huron graduating class of 2019.


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, May 31, 2019 -- 10:00 AM EST

Tonight will mark an important milestone in the lives of 205 seniors from Huron High School.

A commencement ceremony will take place for the 2019 graduating class at the high school Friday evening at 7 p.m.

The Huron Hub would like to congratulate each senior who will receive their diploma tonight.

Good luck, to each of you, as you start a new journey in life.

We’d love to see photos of graduates in their cap and gowns. To share your graduation photos, post on our Facebook and Twitter pages, or email your photos to ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

Congratulations Huron High School graduates!