As the sun rose early Monday morning, a lazy-moving tractor drew its sharp blades gently across the land, coaxing open the soft soil, awakening it after a long winter’s rest. A few hours later, a team of men inched their way along perfectly straight parallel lines, tucking tiny tufts of lettuce into their new outdoor homes.
At The Chef’s Garden, we have experimented with 100+ varieties of lettuce, narrowing that down to 20 to 25 of our chefs’ favorites. Plus, we always have eight to ten new varieties in research or trial stage, each of which thrive in cooler weather.
Farmer Lee Jones calls petite mixed lettuce one of his “absolute favorite products,” in part because these perfectly-sized heads of lettuce “look as if they were just plucked out of the earth.” The Chef’s Garden hand harvests petite lettuce using scissors, which means that chefs can use them on their plates in their natural-looking full forms.
If Farmer Lee Jones had it his way, he’d create a top 100 list of the best summer crops but we’ve convinced him to narrow it down to the top 10! Here are his final choices, products we’ve shipped to top chefs around the country and world – and are now available for home chefs, as well.
With our fresh lettuce, you can create a salad that can be appreciated as much as the entrée!