What’s Fresh at Eastern Market: A Pesto Recipe With Nutritious Greens

Greens like Scarlet Frill, Golden Frill, Mizuna and arugula are easy to grow and a great way to get vitamins, says Kimberly Buffington of Planted Detroit.

This summer we’ve been getting to know the farmers and vendors at Eastern Market to see what’s fresh each weekend. This week, a recipe for greens from Planted Detroit.

Kimberly Buffington sells greens and herbs at Eastern Market every Saturday. It’s a passion that grew out of her decade-long non-profit work distributing food boxes at markets like Trader Joe’s. 

“I realized that if I grew food, I could have more impact with people who were food insecure,” says Buffington. 

Her organization, Planted Detroit, is a hydroponic, vertical farm located on the lower-east side of Detroit. It specializes in greens such as Scarlet Frill, Golden Frill, Mizuna and arugula; recommendations Buffington received from local businesses in the community. 

“Greens are a very nutritious way to take in a lot of the vitamins that we need, and they’re really easy to grow,” says Buffington. 

Here’s a recipe for greens from Shayna Danto, which you can also download as a PDF



  • 2 cups packed greens (i.e., kale, carrot greens, basil)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup nuts or seeds of choice (i.e.,pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds)*
  • 2/3 cups oil of choice (recommend extravirgin olive oil)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine greens, garlic and nuts/seeds in a food processor.
  2. Slowly add oil and lemon juice.
  3. Continue processing until smooth.
  4. If desired, add a few dashes of Parmesan cheese.
  5. Save in fridge for about 2 weeks

*Nutrition tip: Soaking your nuts/seeds overnight makes the nutrients more available and easier to digest. Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy protein and fats, aiding in satiety. If you have time, soak your nuts/seeds overnight in water and a little salt.


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