Pick Your Own Herbs & Enjoy

This week we open the pick-your-own herb garden!  Most of the garden is on the near side (West side) of the main garden,  just follow the signs past the pond.

herb garden


The herbs & edible flowers currently ready include Anise (licorice flavor), Chamomile, Lovage (celery flavor), Mint, Oregano, Thyme, Summer Savory (mix of rosemary & thyme flavor), Sage and Violas.  Minced lovage, mint and anise make a great addition to a potato salad . Anise, mint and chamomile are a wonderful addition to tea. You can make anise sun tea by filling a glass jar with your favorite black tea and a few sprigs fresh anise and letting it steep in the sun for up to an hour – enjoy over ice.

Add chopped Savory and Oregano to your freshly cut greens for a lively summer salad; it’s also great in potato salad (and other salads such as Radish Egg Salad), homemade bread, or roasted beets. Summer savory, more commonly known as savory, is a characteristic ingredient in Herbes de Provence, a mixture of rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, marjoram, and fennel seed which is wonderful on the grill, as a seasoning for cream and yogurt sauces, and with fish or poultry. It is a great addition to marinades for grilling, such as the winning combination for Country Style Ribs: summer savory, mustard, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Sage is a subtle aromatic herb that goes excellently with citrus and is characteristically found in stuffings and gravies. Try our recipe for Honey Sage Ice Cream – yum!  And so many of the herbs make a great pesto!

Violas are a beautiful and fun addition to salads or as a decoration on nearly any dish! chevre cheese with flowers

The herbs available to pick as well as the amount available will vary throughout the season and there will always be a current list of herbs and any notes about the garden on our website. If you have any questions about picking, storing, or cooking with our herbs feel free to ask – we would love to share the joy of fresh herbs with you!