Live Gourmet’s Greenhouse Farming

The owners of Hollandia Produce have been practicing greenhouse farming for about three generations. Today, the company still proudly practices greenhouse and sustainable methods.

In addition, all waste is recycled. This includes plastic, cardboard, wood, and overall green waste. In comparison to field growing, Live Gourmet uses 75% less water with the help of hydroponic methods.

In this YouTube video, Peter Overgaag, the president of Hollandia products, talks about Live Gourmet’s greenhouse and hydroponic methods. He also discusses the company’s background and explains packaging methods so families can have the freshest greens possible.

We invite you to watch this video to learn more about the history of Live Gourmet as well as their great sustainable practices.

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Live Gourmet’s YouTube Channel

Live Gourmet YouTube Channel
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Not only do we have great blogs for you to get delicious recipes from, but we also have an educational YouTube channel for you. The Live Gourmet YouTube channel contains videos that focus on different aspects of our Live Gourmet lettuces and leafy greens.

From basic information about our 3 in 1 butter lettuce to a video that discusses our greenhouse farming techniques, the Live Gourmet YouTube channel provides great information so you can stay informed about our produce.

You can also like, comment, or share the videos with friends and family. There is also an option to subscribe to Live Gourmet’s YouTube channel to receive the most up-to-date videos. Live Gourmet video discussions are also welcomed under the tab titled, “Discussion”.

We plan to add more Live Gourmet videos in the near future. We welcome you to watch our videos and learn more about your favorite Live Gourmet greens.

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Live Gourmet’s Living Butter Lettuce on ABC’s Modern Family

Photo provided by ABC.
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Last week, Live Gourmet made a special appearance on the popular show, Modern Family! Our very own Living Butter Lettuce was featured in a shopping scene with Phil, Claire, and two other realtors, as they shopped for groceries.  The scene even showed our sister company, North Shore Living Herbs!

Here at Live Gourmet, we are big fans of Modern Family, so we were thrilled to be featured in their show! For those who have not seen Modern Family, it  revolves around three different families. Its been around since 2009 and the comedic show can be seen Wednesdays on ABC at 9pm PST.  Thank you for featuring us, Modern Family!

Live Gourmet Holiday Recipe Roundup

Figuring out what to cook for your kids can be quite hard sometimes and when the rest of the family shows up for the holidays the task becomes even more daunting. No need to worry though, Live Gourmet has got your back with our holiday recipe roundup!

roast christmas goose
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If you’d like to go with the classic Christmas goose, turkey, ham, or even prime rib, Allrecipes.com has got you covered with comprehensive video tutorials. Learn the ins-and-outs of how to make these classics, or just brush up on your skills. It’s all right here on AllRecipes.com

If  latkes and brisket are more your speed then you’ll want to check out Food.com’s big list of Hanukah recipes. Click here to view Food.com Holiday recipes.

butter lettuce fennel salad
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Last, but not least, check out our recommendation for bringing fresh living greens into your holiday feast: Butter Lettuce and Fennel Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette. The recipe can be found right here: http://exm.nr/T8dJSM

How are you using living greens this holiday season? Send us your recipes today!

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Upland Cress 101 with Dani Spies

We’ve shown you ton’s of recipes that use our Living Upland Cress in the past. What’s so great about upland cress though? What sets our living upland cress apart from others? How should it be stored? Does it need to be washed? In our latest video, health counselor, fitness trainer and mom, Dani Spies, answers all these questions and more! Check it out below:

How do you use our Living Upland Cress at home? We’d love to hear about it!
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Living Red Butter Lettuce 101 with Dani Spies

Over the past couple weeks we’ve given you the low-down on almost all of the delicious veggies that we grow here at Live Gourmet. Now it is time to discuss our Living Red Butter Lettuce. Despite what you might think, this stuff isn’t exactly the same as our regular lettuce. You can expect slightly different texture and flavor from this variety. Also it’s red (although you probably guessed that much yourself). If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet, let this blog post be your excuse!

Now here’s Dani Spies to explain more about the finer points of our Living Red Butter Lettuce:

You can check out all the Live Gourmet 101 videos again right here! And you can learn more about Dani Spies on her website Clean&Delicious with Dani Spies.

What’s your favorite Red Butter Lettuce recipe? Tell us all about it!
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3 In 1 Living Lettuce 101 with Dani Spies

One of our lettuce varieties which we haven’t talked much about on the blog is actually 3 varieties, not just one. If you didn’t already know, in addition to our regular and our red butter lettuce, we also grow three other types of lettuce. These three varieties, Lollo Rossa, Lollo Bionda, and Red Oak Leaf, are all grown together in our greenhouses and we sell them together in one package. It’s a great fresher alternative to a bagged salad mix and it’s bursting with flavor and nutrition. To learn more check out this video featuring Dani Spies and our 3 In 1 Living Lettuce.

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Chef Giada De Laurentiis Uses Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce

Chef Giada De Laurentiis

Chef Giada De Laurentiis is one of the most recognizable personalities on the Food Network, and also appears regularly on The Today Show. All but one of her 5 cookbooks have found their way to the New York Times best seller list, and she has starred in/created a number of very successful cooking shows.

With such fantastic qualifications we were thrilled to learn that Giada uses our Living Butter Lettuce! In a recent Today Show clip we spotted her grabbing a box of our delicious lettuce at Whole Foods while doing her daily shopping. You can check out the entire video by clicking here, or just check out the screen cap below:

See? We're not making this up!

What did Giada cook up with that head of our Living Butter Lettuce? Sadly, we can’t tell you that. What we can tell you, however, is that her website has a great recipe for a Butter Lettuce Salad with Parmesan Butter Crostini. To check out the recipe, click here: http://bit.ly/H8DPk0.

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Yet Another Way that Live Gourmet is Going Green

If you’ve been following this blog, then you probably already know about how we’ve gone green with our packaging. Now we’ve got something new for our friend the earth to be happy about because what hauls our green packaging around is now green too. Our state of the art trucks are designed to be aerodynamic in order to reduce fuel consumption, and the fuel that is used is not gas, but cleaner burning natural gas.

We’ve also upgraded our trailers as well. The refrigeration units that keep our greens fresh are hybrid-electric, so they also release less CO2 into our atmosphere.

All of this has helped us get the EPA’s official stamp of approval for our trucks. For a sligtly more in-depth look at all of this new tech, check out the video below from AndNowUKnow.com:

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