Our Lettuce

Fresh, Locally Grown — All Year.

At Creek Side Aquaponics, lettuce is at the root of our practice. From Butterhead and Lollo to Romaine and Oak Leaf, our fast-growing, live lettuce flourishes in an aquaponic environment along with naturally raised tilapia.


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So, How Does It Work?

The lettuce is planted in a soil-less grow bed that rests atop a large tank. Separate from the grow bed, lie a number of fish, that eat and produce waste in that tank. As the water gets recirculated through the tank with a small pump, it’s passed through a filtration system. Here, the waste is broken down into micro-nutrients, after which it then makes its way to the lettuce roots, functioning as a natural fertilizer, before returning the clean water to the fish tanks.

The end product is a perfect head of lettuce filled to the brim with nutrients that often are missing in traditionally grown vegetables. Plus, since we harvest the whole plant, including the root, you’re guaranteed a product with both a long shelf life and the freshest leaves in town.

Lettuce show you how it’s done, to learn more about aquaponics.



Our goal is to provide you with local, fresh food grown all year round.
We want you to enjoy our variety of products in a variety of ways. That’s why we’re sharing these recipes with you! We’d love feedback on which ones you enjoy, and also welcome submissions for recipe posts — just contact us here.

Spinach Salad with Seared Bok Choi and Ginger

Spinach Salad with Seared Bok Choi and Ginger

Ingredients 1 T Driftless Organics sunflower oil 1 bok choi, chopped ⅓ c spring onions, chopped 2 green garlics, minced (white parts and the green part, until it starts to get tough) 1 t fresh ginger, minced 1 T Tamari or soy sauce ½ t freshly ground black pepper 4 c spinach leaves, ripped/chopped into

Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lemongrass Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients Marinade: 1 stalk fresh lemongrass, trimmed, cut into ½” pieces 3 cloves fresh garlic OR 2 garlic scapes, cut into 1” pieces 1 tsp. coriander seeds 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. Asian fish sauce 1 Tbsp. tamari 1 lime, juice & zest black pepper to taste 1½ lb. boneless chicken breast or thighs, cut

Garlic Chive Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Garlic Chive Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Ingredients 3 Tbsp. garlic chives, minced 3 Tbsp. sour cream 3 Tbsp. mayo 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard ¼ c. buttermilk salt & pepper to taste Instructions Whisk together garlic chives, sour cream, mayo, & mustard. Keep whisking & slowly add buttermilk. Season to taste & chill before serving.

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