Truleaf micro greens are new, innovative, sustainable, nutritious & healthy – flavour rich – planet friendly food. Truleaf aims to make a difference in the new age mindful way of healthy eating. We spoke to the founders ahead of them joining us at this year’s Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival.
Name: Chris Cullen/James Taylor
Occupation: Joint founders of Truleaf Farm
Tell us how Truleaf Farm began?
We have been friends for a number of years. We came up with the idea in 2018 of creating a new sustainable food sources by utilising the power and heat produced by an existing anaerobic digestion plant.
What is your vision for Truleaf Farm?
To create innovative, progressive, tasty and healthy alternative food sources for a changing and challenging world.
What are microgreens and what exactly do you grow at the farm?
Micro greens are typically defined as the shoots of vegetables harvested at a very early stage and typically just after the first leaves have developed before maturity. This can be anytime from a week to ten days from germination and with some love and attention we are able to create something that not only looks great, also tastes fantastic with a highly concentrated nutrient profile.
Our primary focus is towards more of the salad leaf varieties; for example Micro Sunflower, Pea, Broccoli, Kale, Radish, Rocket and Mustards but we are also growing herbs such as Amaranth, Sorrel, Basils & Coriander to name but a few. There are numerous varieties that we are able to grow with a wide spectrum of flavours; whether it be sweet and subtle through to intense and spicy. Alongside their texture, shape and colour we are getting some really great feedback in terms of the taste and visual sensation they bring to the plate.
What can people expect when they find you at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival?
We hope to bring some excitement, energy and inspiration with the help of one of our partner chefs by showcasing some great recipe ideas that can be done with these mighty micro greens placing them as a star attraction on the plate, not merely garnish or dressing.
What are you looking forward to about Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival?
Being relative newcomers to the food and drink market, every day is a great experience as we meet new people that are equally passionate about as ourselves about the industry. We’re looking forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and interest and a shared passion for great tasting produce.
Do you have a favourite recipe you can share with us that goes perfectly with one of your microgreens?
There are so many. We especially love our sunflowers, our king of the salad mix.