July 9, 2018

(Our) Farm To Table...

Sweet Tomatoes and Basil Pesto

There's something wonderfully satisfying about growing your own food. Last weekend, I harvested some of my sweet basil to make fresh basil pesto. I added fresh (from the farmer's market) garlic scapes, rather than minced garlic. The flavor was much milder and quite tasty.

Once the pesto was made, I cut up sweet cherry tomatoes (also from Hickory Hill Farm), having a pasta dinner in mind.

Pesto Pasta

It really came together perfectly. Cooked penne pasta, stirred in the fresh pesto and cherry tomatoes, salt & pepper, and then topped with more freshly-grated parmesan cheese. It was sooo tasty.

Growing More Basil

Late last week, I placed basil cuttings in a juice glass. I love the fragrance while we eat our evening meal. Not only did the basil share its sweet aroma, it also went to town, making roots! I've already planted it in soil, so I have even more basil for pesto and for freezing.

Growing More Celery and Lettuce
 
...and while I was at it, I placed celery and Romaine lettuce in water to get it to root. I'll move them to soil as soon as they have viable roots. 
 
All of this is to say that I enjoy this "farm to table" movement. It's nice to know that I can participate for our family. I really understand now just how rewarding the whole process of gardening can be. I'm already planning for raised beds that I hope we'll build over the winter. I think I'll be creating a garden layout, with notations for "what will go where". I promise to share with you when I get to that point.
 
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Createology said...

Your Hickory Hill Farm to Table efforts are really putting forth some gorgeous foods and meals. Well Done Dear. <3

laura dowdall said...

Looks delicious,I love pasta and pesto.xx

suz said...

I had never heard of garlic scapes before - I'll have to see if I can get some this weekend at the farmers market!

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