Figs at "the fig!" Right in our "backyard" farm.
We can't wait for these to ripen.
pick some figs for our signature fig and arugula salad to serve fresh to you.
With Spring in full bloom, there are many
other encouraging signs at both of our farm locations.
|Beautiful blue contrasts with the white blossoms|
of two of our four 20th Century pear trees in the orchard at Imagery Farm.
|Vibrant African Daisies highlight|
the chive blossoms at the fig garden
The chive blossoms, so sweet and delicate, are lovely additions to many of our dishes.
Here are some tips for how you can use chive blossoms.
Did you know the blossoms are great pollinators and attract beneficial insects?
So, these taste good and are good "workers" at the farm,
assisting their neighboring plants to thrive.
One of those neighbor plants that are really thriving, and a sure sign of the season
are our Spring Peas which seem to be exploding and climbing high.
Alongside is the beginning of our bamboo trellis.
The new growth on the vines are called "tendrils" and are quite tasty.
Pods should be forming in the next several weeks.
If you look closely you will see that the leaves are actually variegated.
Not too long to go from these in our garden, to this at your table!
|photo of sweetbreads with spring vegetables|
by Steven Krause for
Plats du Jour: the girl & the fig's Journey Through the Seasons in Wine Country
Spring is an especially lovely time to enjoy
one of our popular cocktails, lavender mojito
made with cruzan light rum, lavender & rose water simple syrup,
lime juice, muddled mint.
Watch how our bartenders create this refreshing farm inspired cocktail.
The mint comes from our farm, so this one very fresh drink!
Did you know mint plants have square stems?
We grow mint in our raised beds behind the fig as well as in the garden area.
We were still harvesting a late winter spearmint garden, last month.
You can see the new tender growth that forms after
you take the older growth all the way to the ground.
Mint is extremely resilient and benefits from
very aggressive pruning several times a year.
It should be contained as the tuberous roots can spread quickly.
|better get to the mint in this raised bed!|
While these are sure signs of Spring, a peek inside the greenhouse
and the tomato explosion there
is a glimpse towards Summer. More to come on that, soon.
What is growing in your Spring garden?
And what have you been doing in your kitchen
with the spring bounty you find at your Farmers Market?