We have always had a big garden; the kids sold pumpkins in the fall, we canned green beans and tomatoes, watched sunflowers face the sun every morning and stacked up butternut squash in the basement. But a few years ago our house became very quiet. My husband and I found ourselves alone, when for years we had four kids keeping us busy!
When spring came, we knew we didn’t need to plant a lot — but we didn’t want to cut back too much because we already had the space and we loved the growing season so much. So, as you might guess, I started sharing.
It began with conversations at work: “would anyone like some cucumbers?” “I have a lot of tomatoes right now, does anyone need some?” The following year, friends at work started asking about my garden. Would I have herbs? More vegetables to share? And this is when Gwen’s Greens got its start.
First it was just a hobby. I delivered shopping bags of greens (lettuces, arugula, kale, beet greens) and a variety of herbs (cilantro, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, sage + more) to friends from work and their friends too. When my husband’s vegetables started producing, I’d throw in cucumbers, okra, beans, tomatoes and squash.
What’s new in 2019
This year I’m planning a cut flower garden (seeds are ordered and on their way)! I think it will be lovely to have a bouquet of fresh cut flowers on my kitchen island all season — and super exciting to share the loveliness with you too!