By Linda Crago, Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm
Linda’s basil patch.
There are many tastes from the garden that say “summer” as soon as you sniff them or sink your teeth into them. Beautiful, juicy ripe tomatoes, sassy hot peppers and milky sweet corn pulled off the stalk and devoured before it gets to the house.
Then of course there is basil, best friend of tomatoes and garlic and versatile beyond your wildest dreams. (Did I get carried away there?)
I’m not sure that any other herb defines summer quite as well.
And for my first “event of summer,” before the big “Tomato Bash” Sept. 2 and the “Pepper Palooza”, date TBA, I’m holding a small celebration of this quintessential summer herb on Sunday, July 29, from 1-4 p.m. here at my small farm.
We’ll begin by doing a little garden tour, followed by a tasting of the 50 plus basil varieties that I am growing this year. It’s hard to imagine they could be so different, but some of them truly are.
I’ll also have some wonderful basil dishes available for you to taste, created by my special guest chefs.
You’ll have a chance to purchase fresh basil as well as a selection of basil products…some of them may surprise you! Other produce will be available for purchase, too.
Stay and linger over a glass of wine, visit and relax. Bring your lawn chair, sunscreen and visit the far reaches of Niagara. The other part of Niagara where small and interesting things happen.
And basil grows!
Heirloom garden tour, basil tasting, food samples created by guest chefs, a glass of wine provided or non-alcoholic beverage, purchase preserves and produce, visit and ask garden questions.
When: Sunday, July 29, 1-4 p.m.
Where: 74038 Regional Road 45 Wellandport. (But remember, for your GPS, I am actually in the Township of Wainfleet)
905-386-7388 or email email@example.com
Cost: $15. CSA members get in free! Please pre-register by using the above contact information, but you can pay when you arrive.
Attendance is limited, please let me know as soon as you can.
Hope to see you here!