why green?

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Green is invigorating! Especially in the spring when it explodes in my garden with hope and promise. I’m a practical person, so when I grow something, I want to be able to eat it! I’ve been growing lettuce, spinach, sage, oregano and choosing a new herb or green each spring to place in my small back-of-the-house-kitchen-garden. And I’ve learned some things along the way:

  • Some herbs are immortal. No matter how much I try to control them, they live on in unplanned spaces (cilantro, dill, mint).
  • Greens appeal to all of the senses: sight, touch, smell, taste, and hmmm….maybe not hearing so much.
  • Adding herbs to my cooking makes eating memorable and delicious.

A few years ago, I decided to share my green garden; to spread the color and the promise. In my first year, once a week I packed up a variety of lettuces, spinach, kale, arugula, chard, basil, cilantro, marjoram, summer savory . . . for a small bunch of friends to enjoy.

We shared recipes, talked about the best way to use collards, how to freeze herbs in olive oil, and discovered summer savory. Veggies always ended up in the mix as well: green beans, okra, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. In my second year I added 6 new friends!

Year three is just ahead! (I promise the snow will melt and the ground will warm up) This year I am adding flowers to the garden! I can’t wait to bundle up fresh cut flowers to add to the herbs, greens, and vegetables.

Gwen’s Greens is growing, and here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

  • Friends are one of the most important things in life. I’m often surprised when new friends show up in unplanned spaces (delightful and surprising).
  • Good friends help me enjoy life to deeper level than I would on my own (new stories, senses, and fresh perspective).
  • Spending time with friends always brings memories and easy laughter (immortal things).

If you would you like to have a share of Gwen’s Greens this year Contact me soon!

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