The Kitchen Garden is Thriving!!!
What amazing weather we've had the last few days. The kitchen garden Laura has going for us here is thriving, and the pots are filled with edible flowers and herbs which makes cooking even more enjoyable.
f we need some herbs or greens, we just walk out and pick it... really garden to table....fun fun!!!
Well I thought I had it all right here till Laura and I went to check out the garden/farm Mary has been working on. OMG!!! Just amazing!!! We had a little picnic last night right by the garden (check out the pictures on the website) and Mary literally just picked some of the greens, radishes, and quickly made a salad for us with some garlic vinegar and oil. It was to die for! I think I have mentioned in the past that Mary practices biodynamic farming.
Biodynamic farmers follow a spiritual methodology that is missing from organic agriculture and practice an accompanying series of steps for keeping farms sustainable and self-nourishing as outlined by Rudolph Steiner, founder of biodynamic approach to agriculture. It's biology combined with belief. They see the farm as its own closed-loop ecosystem, not just land where food is produced. While it's true biodynamic farmers are in tune with the rhythm of nature, such as how the phases of the moon may impact when it's best to plant seeds and how planets affect plant growth, it is also in combination with sustainable farming practices.
Mary in particular adds tons of minerals to the soil and doesn't use machines to aerate/soften the soil. She works on it meticulously every day and you totally taste it and feel it when you eat what she grows. We are so lucky to be able to have her grow for us all the beauties that she does and will through fall.
This weeks menu will include many items (listed below) grown by Mary, some from the kitchen garden here, some from Melody which you have enjoyed her veg for the past 4 years and first organic farmer I found in the area when I first started this business. And if we are short on anything, Andy from Montross Va.has the largest property of all the farmers I personally know so he can pretty much provide everything we need. As always, please support your local farmers! Eat local, seasonal, organic and plant based as much as you possibly can. It is better for your health and for the health of our planet.
Mary's garden: Tat soi, yellow and red beet greens, arugula, red streak mustard and green mustard greens, salad mix, pepper cress, lobe leaf arugula, Head lettuce(butter), baby kale, Kale, garlic scapes
Melody's garden: Beets, lettuce, kale, scares, green onions
Our Kitchen garden: cilantro, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, lavender, Sage, edible flowers for garnish, dill, arugula, chard, rabe
We hope you will enjoy this weeks menu as much as we enjoy growing and cooking them for you!
From everyone at Ezie and Emil... It's All about food... Enjoy!