i fired supermarket salad greens two years ago. i'd come home from the grocery with 'organic' salad mix, pop the lid and smell an atmosphere i know i couldn't survive in. not rot, but a nasty gaseous scent. high time to grow it myself. below is today's pic of a aspiring head of butter crunch lettuce 'thom thum' hybrid. i'm growing all sorts of lettuce in my tiny greenhouse, hybrid and heirloom, 4-5 salad mix variety's some organic some not, 3 different types of spinach, and lots of arugula outside in raised beds. but the real puzzler is...why do my salads wilt a day or so after harvest compared to supermarket salads that are more invincible? have they prolonged shelf life with fumigation or have they enlisted genetic manipulation? mmm, 'organic' franken-lettuce? no thanks.
there was the dude here who used to come and go by helicopter. multiple homes here and abroad. and salad patents. there are tricks to growing/distributing good looking packaged salads mixes and i suspect the details are murky...and profitable. but i found them stinky, so i'll keep mucking about trying to supply myself. and if my mesclun wilts so be it. my salad is real.