The Benefits of Eating From Our Garden! {Recipes and Health Tips Included}

Harvest Bundle I feel so connected to the Source of all things now that I've been learning and tending to our abundant garden!

I feel so in tune with the cycles of life, with the birthing/mothering and flowering of a fruit/veg, the importance of everything starting from a seed, the cultivation process, and directing prana/chi/sunlight energy to what we want to grow or create by pulling weeds and creating that space for life force to flow. I could go on and on, but alas, you cannot beat eating seasonally and locally for the best health and wellbeing benefits!

We are filled with such a sense of deep appreciation when we bring our harvest basket inside! Then it's time to get creative and cook! Here's what we've been up to:

~We have kale and snap peas coming out of our ears right now! (Below is the pic of the bonus kale that started growing out of our compost pile!!! Wahe Guru!)

compost pile

Kale is a bitter veg which is known to detox the liver according to Chinese Medicine and Macrobiotics. It helps reduce inflammation in the body and alkalizes the blood which gives you clear skin (more info on that here) and keeps the immune system strong. It's also very cooling and cleansing according to Ayurveda practices, so it's best to eat lots of it in spring and summer to balance pitta and kapha doshas!

Here's what we do with our Harvest:

~We like to make a Kale / Avocado 'Smash' Salad. In a bowl, throw roughly chopped kale, an avocado, some olive oil, salt and lemon and massage it all together with your hands so it slightly cooks and wilts down. Maybe 3 minutes or so. Your hands will be really slimy after but it tastes so good!!

~Kale Chips. We've made so many different batches by mixing together different combinations in a bowl and then laying them out on a screen to place in our food dehydrator. We like a sesame oil and ginger combo. Or maple syrup, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or cashew paste (cashews blended with water, onion powder, and salt).

~ Sage Saute. In a pan, we melt ghee and cook the kale in it along with chopped sage. Great Combo!

snap peas

~We've been harvesting radishes and snap peas and making a macrobiotic blanched salad out of it with an ume vinegarette dressing. It's so simple and so yummy, and can be used with any combination of round, root, and leafy vegetables. Blanched salads are recommended to eat once a day in the practice of Macrobiotics because it has an uplifting effect on your health and mood. Radishes are very strong and heating when eaten raw but have a diuretic and detoxing effect when slightly cooked this way. Eaten together with snap peas tastes delightful and is very alkalizing to the blood! Perfect for Summer! *Raw snap peas also make a great vehicle for hummus dipping!*

Bring a pot of water to boil and submerge the snap peas in it until they turn bright green. Take them out with a slotted spoon and let them cool on a plate. Bring the pot to a boil again and drop in the halved radishes and let them cook for about 3 minutes. Finish by drizzling with 1tbs Olive Oil and 1tbs Ume plum vinegar (a macrobiotic favorite) whisked together.

We have tons of romaine which Paul grills with olive oil, a little goat cheese, and balsamic glaze. My FAVE!

zucchini

We have gorgeous zucchinis happening right now too that we saute in ghee and season with fresh dill. Did you know that Dill is beneficial in calming your nervous system, relieving stress and overstimulation and supports your brain, according to ayurveda?

green beans

Hello Green Beans!!! We like to steam them and toss with olive oil and fresh thyme.

borage flower

Borage is taking over our garden!!! It is an amazing edible flower  that we throw on our salads and also juice along with kale, cucumber, mint and lemon for a cooling drink. The health benefits are endless. Among them are that they reduce fear and encourage you to speak your truth! Pretty cool, huh?! Not to mention that they enhance the garden in so many ways!

It's so wonderful to be eating straight from the garden because it ignites some creativity in the kitch so you can be intuitive with the gifts of nature and in harmony in life! It also helps to appreciate food so much more wherever you go out to eat, and encourages you to always source local, fresh food for the best health benefits! I do believe that everything starts with food!

Stay tuned for more harvesting and creating! And be sure to sign up on my mailing list to receive notification for when we have a farm stand and farm to table dinner parties! :)

*Photo Cred (except the first pic) to the handsome and talented boyfriend of mine* <3

KATE-SIGNATURE

Happiness Is: Planting an Herb Garden

Herb Garden If you haven't realized yet from my previous posts, I'm spending most of my free time getting into the gardening world of growing our own food, by way of my boyfriend's expertise, and it's SO awesome! There's nothing fresher than picking your veggies and eating them straight away! Not to mention it's like meditation in action ~ connecting me to the whole of life, love and creation! I feel like it should be doctors orders if you're looking to de-stress and live more peacefully. A prescription of yoga, meditation and gardening should clear up any dis-ease!!! ;)

If you're new to this world like I am, you may find it helpful to check out these simple tips for creating an herb garden. I had an herb garden on my patio when I lived in L.A. years ago and I feel it's the first step in the direction of growing your own food to inspire you and connect you to the process of it all.

Herb Garden

First off, decide which herbs you want to grow. Some we have been growing by seed and others we bought as little seedlings at Matt's Organic Farms in Dennisport. We have a few different varieties of rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme, lemon verbena, basil, mint, sage, chives, and cilantro.

Herb Garden

Planting them in planters is fun and easy, but first block the hole at the bottom with a rock to help drain out the water, but keep the soil from coming out, and preventing pockets of air that can cause molding.

Herb Garden

Next, add your potting soil to the pot (organic, obvi, like pictured below, bought at New Farms in Orleans) and create a hole to transfer your seedlings. Make sure to break up the roots at the bottom by pulling them apart in an outward direction so that when you place it in the soil the roots are already spreading out and connecting to the soil.

Then, cover the soil with a handful of compost to benefit the roots by slowly releasing food into the soil.

Organic Compost

Finally, give them a dense watering and leave it for a few days to dry out so the roots have time to spread out and grow before you water again.

That's it!

Super easy and super fun! Herbs make every dish sing!!! Have fun!

KATE-SIGNATURE

Happiness: Gardening 101 ~ Seeds and Sprouts!

Companion Gardens I am learning SO MUCH  about this organic gardening business, and HOW COOL it is to grow your own food!!! There really is nothing better than picking fresh kale and herbs for your meals and being so closely connected to the life force!!! I cannot wait for the little sprouts that are coming up, to be ready to eat in the coming months!

Last week, I posted about my newfound joy of gardening, and so I thought I'd share with you what we've been up to this week in the garden. First, we tended to some serious weeds (when I say serious, I mean it)!!! And when that was all over, we got to the fun stuff!

Here's the recap:

~Right now we have 3 raised beds out front, with snap peas, carrots, radishes, lettuce and beets sprouting.

~In the main garden in the front, we have planted peas and beans along the edges so they will grow up the fence. We have kale, chinese cabbage, arugula, spinach (pic above), rows of onions and garlic, borage (an edible flower that produces essential oil that is high in omegas, attracts and feeds beneficial insects and bees, and promotes growth, vigor, flavor and overall health of neighboring plants, like tomatoes, which are the most susceptible to disease) and more lettuces that I just transplanted from indoors today (photo below)! :)

~Along the side of the house, we have wild flowers (hairy vetch and sunflowers among them) growing that we planted to attract birds, butterflies and pollenating bees. We also have a long raised bed that's still covered in cold frames to help the baby kale, parsley, thyme, and cilantro to start sprouting.

~We sprayed our fruit trees (Peach, plum, mulberry bushes, blueberry and cherry) for winter moths with an organic, naturally occurring bacteria, called Captain Jack's Dead Bug Concentrate.

asparagus

~The asparagus started growing!

~And we harvested some more kale, chives and cilantro!!! :)

All in all, a very fulfilling, grounding, joyful way to spend the sunny days together! We'll update you with more from the garden as it progresses, but til then be sure to sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when we host farm to fork dinner parties and/or gardening/ cooking workshops!

Happy Spring!

KATE-SIGNATURE