Mâche is an heirloom green, with a long history.
Loved by Europeans for its fresh flavor, Mâche is an ancient wild green that first appeared in the Renaissance period. For centuries, peasants gathered it from the wheat and rye fields (corn fields) where it grew wild. Mâche began to be cultivated for sale and export in Nantes, France in the early 19th century. An ardent gardener and Francophile, Thomas Jefferson grew mâche at Monticello in the early 1800's. Nantes continues to be the primary source of Europe's Mâche, along with others outstanding salad greens and fresh baby vegetables.
Epic Roots Mâche is field-grown in the mineral-rich soil of Northern California.
The watershed of the Salinas River is a fertile valley, stretching 85 miles long and 15 miles wide near its mouth. River silt enriches the land and periodic floods wash mineral-rich top soil from the surrounding Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountains. As a result, richness abounds in the production of salad greens, strawberries, artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and wine grapes. The oceanic climate, similar to Nantes, is ideal for growing long-lasting greens. California-grown mâche arrives at restaurants and specialty grocers faster and fresher than imported produce.