Marianne Kontof, the owner of Sunny Greens, a business that specializes in the growth, delivery and education of microgreens, tends to her vegetables on Friday, July 16, 2021, at her home in Port St. Lucie. Kontof sells the microgreens online and at local farmer's markets in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Hobe Sound.

PORT ST. LUCIE — Vegetables aren’t everyone’s favorite food group.

In fact, only about 9% of adults eat the United States Department of Agriculture’s daily recommended 2½-cup serving, data shows, and many are missing vital vitamins and nutrients from their diet. 

If you have animosity toward asparagus, Marianne Kontof has the solution for you: Microgreens.

Microgreens are young vegetables, about 2-inches long, but jam-packed with nutritional value — up to 40 times more than a full-grown green, Kontof said — such as Vitamins A and C, antioxidants, amino acids and antibacterial properties. 

“As the plant grows, the nutrients disperse throughout the whole plant,” she said. “Whereas the microgreen has all the nutrients of a whole vegetable compacted into one tiny, little plant.”

Marianne Kontof, the owner of Sunny Greens, a business that specializes in the growth, delivery and education of microgreens, tends to her vegetables on Friday, July 16, 2021, at her home in Port St. Lucie. Kontof sells the microgreens online and at local farmer's markets in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Hobe Sound.

Microgreens, essentially, are the seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs, and there are about 25 varieties, according to urbancultivator.net. They can add sweetness and spiciness to foods.

Kontof was introduced to the mighty microgreen about 20 years ago, she said, and recently decided to share her passion with the Treasure Coast community debuting her new business, Sunny Greens. 

Based out of her Port St. Lucie home, Sunny Greens is an online shop where people can purchase microgreens that Kontof grows herself and then delivers to residents or businesses. 

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