Niall Robinson testing the Brix level of our beet plants.

Niall Robinson testing the Brix level of our beet plants.

A recent report based on U.S. agriculture records has found that the nutrient content of fruits and vegetables has been dropping since records were first taken. You would need to eat five apples today just to get the same nutrients from eating one apple in 1965! Some leading reasons for this nutrient depletion is conventional”industrial” agriculture’s priority on productivity and standardized produce and its 

heavy dependence on chemical fertilizers and genetically modified seeds bred to withstand the toxins of chemical herbicides and pesticides.

There is a growing movement to bring back bio-nutrient dense foods through the use of organic practices that focus on “growing the soil not the plant” and revitalizing biological plant systems through the introduction of trace elements, other important minerals, beneficial microbes, and natural enzymes into the plant’s environment.  These environmentally friendly, quality crops provide excellent nutrition and have exceptional flavor. Bio-nutrient rich foods have  high levels of vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and trace minerals more readily available. As a result as a food source, they have the greatest impact on improving health and providing nutrition against disease. 

One of the ways to monitor increased nutrition in vegetables is by getting a Brix reading of the carbohydrate levels in samples of plant sap. New Harmony Farm uses biological farming methods to balance the minerals in our soil and increase biological activity that will increase plants ability to access nutrition, increasing their immune systems and vigor which will allow our seeds to express more of their genetic potential. Building up our soils and biological systems takes years of systematic effort and resources. New Harmony commits to this process and to monitor our progress, we are taking Brix readings of our produce throughout the growing season.

High Brix foods have increased calcium levels and supply more trace minerals such as zinc, iron, and manganese. Due to greater mineral density and the inclusion of heavier trace minerals, high Brix foods weigh more per unit than lower quality produce. High Brix levels means high quality, expressed most simply and directly as superior taste.