Monday, July 26, 2010

Biggest Exchange Yet !

It warms my heart to see such a great gathering of people, fresh local produce and four legged creatures (aka dogs) all in my front yard. Thanks for sharing your bounty, stories, seedlings and knowledge.

Here's a list of what was shared on Sunday: Lemons, oranges, seed bulbs, seedlings, avocados, nectarines, black jade, zucchini, carrots, swiss chard, eposote, oregano, thai basil, dahlias, lavender, cucumbers, tomatoes, serrano chili, kale, bok choy, lettuce, strawberry plants, grapefruit, peaches, pathos plants, carry sacks, rhubarb, beet, jalapeno plants, limes, tool organizer and doggie treats.

Please take note of the date change on next exchange :
August 8th at Everett & Dinisia's House at 10471 Graham Court

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bring a friend, neighbor & your kids to the Produce Exchange
                        tomorrow Sunday 7/25

It's a FREE community event from 12-1 at
Maureen's House - 9572 El Cajon Street

We exchange all the extra Fruits, Veggies, Herbs and Flowers grown in our yards. Some people even bring homemade Doggie Treats!

Bring a small glass jar and learn how to make Preserved Lemons. I'll be demonstrating a simple method to make them and sharing some delicious recipes.

And don't forget a bag - to bring home your goodies !

Hope to see you tomorrow,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Our 15th Produce Exchange at Jim & Marion's House

Our 15th Produce Exchange introduced midtown Ventura to the idea of sharing local fruit, veggies, herbs and flowers. Thank you Jim and Marion for hosting the gathering and sharing your love of gardening. They have raised beds in the front lawn as well as backyard. Marion served up green smoothies made from garden goodies and sliced watermelon. My son enjoyed eating the super ripe blackberries right off the vine and argued with me (as only a 6 year old can) that potatoes grow in the ground. Did I say otherwise ?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 11th - Ventura Produce Exchange

I haven't even had a chance to thank all that attended our last exchange and now it's time for another.  Last exchange was set in a beautiful example of a square foot garden. Thanks Kate for hosting over 20
participants and tempting us with your yummylicious spiced brownies.

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We had a great variety of edibles : lemons, avocados, Japanese cucumber, sunflowers, kale, chard, bok choy, rosemary, green onions, a bushel of french lavender, turbo-sized zucchini, squash, cilantro, tarragon, geranium, lobelia starts, tangelos, daisies, fern, beets, lettuce, onions, rhubarb, artichokes, apricot preserves, peaches, oranges, Murcott tangerines, marjoram, rosemary, sage, oregano, basil, chervil, tarragon and chives, zucchini bread and orange-mint agua fresca.  

Our next exchange is Sunday July 11th at noon at
    Jim and Marion's House,
    340 N. Dos Caminos Ave, Ventura, 93003
one block below Foothill Rd, near intersection with McKinley Ave

Please join us and bring your fruit, veggies, flowers, herbs, plants or other goodies to share. Rumor has it that there may be Green smoothie samples from the garden.
For more information,  call Jim 805-207-4234 or Marion 805-794-4605 or Maureen 805-340-8756

Thanks to Jim and Marion for hosting. 
Please bring your own bag or basket. Hope to see you there!