Brendan Davison is as down to earth as it gets. Growing up in Queens, NY his deep connection to Mother Nature took him traveling across the country to California and then back down through The Sacred Valley of Peru, a place that was "always calling his name" says Brendan. It was there that he studied shamanic healing and was opened up to a world where the land, it's people and their energy all worked together as one. Symbiotically, organically, whole. 3 words that describe his way of life and his approach to cultivating his microgreens everyday. It's no wonder the plants and his business, Good Water Farms are thriving.
Brendan and i first connected through this wonderful thing called Instagram. He was attracted to the (old style) white background in my pictures, reminding him of an experience he had in Peru signifying lightness, faith and purity. The colour white is a huge part of my life as it makes me feel clear, light and zen. Sentiments that Brendan also shares.
But back to the microgreens! I was stoked when Brendan asked me to come and check out his operation, just minutes from my house. Hearing the excitement in Brendans voice as he talked about these tiny plants was nothing short of inspiring. And the taste testing blew my mind. Who knew something so small could be so delicious AND nutritious?
Brendan's business has grown steadily and very successfully over the past few years through fostering one main thing: his community. Brendan connected with the local people around him, talking to the surfers in Montauk about his business and in turn, the surfers connected him with his local chefs and eventually his microgreens have made it all the way to the top restaurants in NYC. Amazing huh?
The micro greens are delivered to the restaurants in the trays in which they grown to ensure that they are kept as fresh and alive as possible for when they hit the plate. Chefs just cut them as they need. So cool.
When Brendan isn't busy getting his hands dirty in the rich, organic soil his microgreens flourish in, you can find him sitting on a surfboard in Montauk honoring his love of the water, playing with his adorable new Bengal Tiger cats (oh yeah, we're cat people!) or if you shop at Wholefoods in Tribeca, turn your head slightly to the left as you walk in next time. You can't miss the huge, life size picture of him covering one of the windows near the front doors! I say hi to him every time i'm there!
5 minutes with Brendan:
First of all, what is a micro green? A microgreen is the first true leaves of a herb or vegetable.
What made you start Good Water Farms? I started good water farms to always have fresh greens year round and to create a conscious farm that highlighted the use of SOIL.
What are the Hamptons to you? the hamptons to me is a place that rests between the seen and unseen worlds.
Fun fact about microgreens? microgreens are 4 to 40 times more nutrient-packed than mature leafed greens.
Favourite microgreen? choosing my favorite microgreen is like asking me to choose my favorite surfboard…?
3 words that are important to you around food? how, where and organic.
Sweet or savoury? savoury.
Red, white or rose? red.
What would your last meal be? my last meal would be a buddha bowl that i made with all ingredients i grew.
Favourite travel experience? my favorite travel experience was laying on the ground of the peruvian amazon drinking a thick dark purple liquid out of a cup.
Winter or Summer? i love winter and summer equally
Go to comfort food? my go to comfort food is the turkey burger at Almond in Bridgehampton.
And finally, you run your own business which as any small business owner would know, is not easy. Can you tell us something you have learned over the past few years that might be valuable to those running or thinking about starting a new business? What i have learned over the past few years is to surround yourself with smart, creative people.
SIMPLE MIXED MICROGREEN SALAD
handful of arugula microgreens
handful of bok choy microgreens
handful of broccoli microgreens
handful of daikon radish microgreens
handful of kale microgreens
handful of pea tendril microgreens
handful of red mustard microgreens
handful of sunflower microgreens
salt + pepper
- Throw all of the microgreens into a bowl and toss together.
- Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper over them and eat immediately!