Apogee Spirulina is farmed utilizing the French artisan method. The small scale of the farm yields a higher quality spirulina. Harvesting takes place when the spirulina has reached the highest nutritional value, which occurs as the sun rises over the ponds in the early morning. The dried spirulina which is called crunchies will never overpower your smoothie, compared to powder which one purchases from large spirulina farms. Apogee Spirulina is cultivated with passion and is never harvested before its time.