The first shovels of dirt were turned on the 2½ acres that would become Earthbound Farm during the Fourth of July week in 1984, 36 years ago. The first crop was sweet and delicate heirloom raspberries sold at a roadside stand.
In 1986, having no idea where it would go but believing deeply in the appeal of their fresh, delicious organic salad greens, our founders started washing, drying and bagging the organically grown Baby Lettuces they’d been selling to white tablecloth restaurants. Up until then, when someone talked about salad, people typically thought iceberg head lettuce. Barely green. Not a lot of flavor. With maybe some hard tomatoes. We mean no disrespect here, but yawn. 🥱
A real change of pace, these delicate, beautiful, lovingly grown organic heirloom salad greens with a variety of flavors and textures that had become popular in fancy restaurants (where they were called mesclun) caught on in a big way, backed by our deep passion for organic farming and great food. Check out our Salad Staples chart for a quick start guide to always having the right ingredients around to make a satisfying salad with spring mix.
Thanks to all of you who embraced our spring mix (and later everything else!), you helped us change the course of salad history (and convert a bunch of land to organic farming) just by loving organically farmed spring mix. And that’s why you’ll find us in the Smithsonian Museum of American History’s American Enterprise exhibit!
Our newest all-organic salad kits stand right in this lineage of wow.
The Honey Mustard Salad Kit is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It starts with tender baby spinach and gives you a generous helping of crunchy almonds, sweet cranberries, and creamy honey mustard dressing.
The new Caesar Salad Kit is so flavorful, we promise it will erase all those memories of lackluster Caesar Kits. Let’s be real. There are a lot of them out there that don’t really merit the name Caesar, right? Not this one. The romaine is fresh and crisp, the croutons are crunchy but not too crunchy, and the dressing hits a real home run. And if you’re looking for a simple way to turn this already-yummy kit into a meal, check out this terrific recipe for Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Jammy Eggs.
If you try them out, be sure to let us know what you think. As always, thank you for choosing organic. And for eating lots of salads.