Harold Hornberger (Elizabeth Thompson-Christensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter)
CARDSTON COUNTY – While many businesses are struggling during the economic downturn, a family in Cardston County has found that pandemic life pushed them to finally launch their small micro-greens business. Harold Hornberger and his wife Heather had always liked the idea of running a small home business on the side, but when Harold’s work as a teacher was affected by government cutbacks, they began looking more earnestly at alternative income opportunities.
About a year ago, Hornbeger was watching videos about how to grow microgreens when he began mulling around the idea of starting the business now known as Small Simple Greens. He purchased some basic supplies and experimented with humidity, lighting, and temperature until he had an amazing product- delicious young vegetable shoots packed with nutrients.
The Hornberger family have always produced a large garden during the warm season, but growing microgreens in their utility room meant that they could consume fresh produce all year long- especially when grocery stores in the area have limited supply in winter. Once Hornberger had the growing, harvesting, and packaging operation figured out he began giving out samples to neighbours and selling small amounts to friends in the area as he pondered his next steps for a business.
This summer the Hornberger family built a garage/shop for their acreage and added some extra space so that the micro-green business could move out of the utility room. Just this week they launched their website, facebook page, and recently they began attending the local christmas market.
You can find their operation on the 501 headed out toward Beazer. They are technically open 9-5 monday to saturday, but Saturdays are the best day to find them fully stocked with freshly harvested greens. Varieties range from the mild and crunchy pea, sunflower, and broccoli greens, to spicier radish and mustard greens. Microgreens are nutrient dense because they are picked young. For example, cilantro microgreens have three times more beta-carotene than mature cilantro.
On the new website www.SmallSimpleGreens.net you can purchase a monthly subscription that the Hornbergers will deliver to your door if you live in Cardston.
In fact, they are currently in the production of a christmas mix to add some garnish and crunch to your holiday meal that will likely include pea shoots, sunflower shoots, micro mix, and mustard shoots and will be delivered christmas eve. So whether you’re looking to add flavour, colour, crunch, or nutrients to your holiday meal, the Hornbergers have you covered this season.