Two Guys From Woodbridge from Hamden, Connecticut (they moved from Woodbridge in 2006), don't have the largest stand at the Greenmarket, but their selection of greens is both sprawling and pristine. In addition to standards like Swiss chard and dandelion greens, and hard to find varieties like red orach and shiso, Two Guys also sells a wide selection of microgreens and herbs.
The greens are packaged like bouquets of flowers, sheathed in plastic to protect the leaves and their roots. That's right—these greens are sold with roots still intact. "When you get greens at the supermarket, they're cut, they're dead, they're shipped, and when you get them they're probably two weeks old," farmer Perry Hack told me. "Ours are still living." This results in not only unparalleled flavor, but also extended shelf life: up to a week in the fridge, although Hack says that some customers have had success keeping them for even longer. Still, when it comes to greens or any fresh produce, the sooner you eat them, the better.
Two Guys From Woodbridge grows all of their greens hydroponically in their greenhouse in Hamden. They're certified organic, although Hack told me that the organic certification is not as big a distinction as the hydroponic growing methods. Hydroponic growing gives Hack complete control over climate and water supply without having to worry about things like rain and bugs. "They taste better because you're able to feed them exactly what they need. Also, with things like dandelion, when you grow them inside they're very tender, but when they're outside and exposed to the elements they always become tough." Indeed, Two Guys' dandelion greens look incredibly soft and tender. In addition to those dandelion greens, this week Two Guys was selling Swiss chard, mesclun, watercress, bok choy, pea shoots, sunflower greens, sorrel, shiso, and red orach.
The other main draw at the Two Guys stand is the selection of microgreens: radish, wasabi, watercress, and rainbow microgreens in addition to micro chervil, basil, and cilantro were all on offer this week. Microgreens are generally about 14 days old, just a hair older than sprouts, and much more nutritious. While not hugely popular with home cooks, you've probably seen microgreens, maybe even those from Two Guys, used as garnishes at restaurants around the city. In addition to the greens and microgreens, Two Guys also sells prepacked salad mixes, such as their mesclun mix and micro mix, both of which include a handful of edible flowers.
Click through the slideshow to see more of what Two Guys From Woodbridge had at the market this week.
Two Guys From Woodbridge are at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Fridays.