Monday, July 7, 2014

New Home for Our Crop Swaps

I'm so pleased to announce that Gloria, the gracious and lovely owner of A Secret Garden Florist & Cafe has offered her establishment as a permanent home for our Produce Exchanges. It's a beautiful centrally located place with plenty of free parking nearby as well as coffee and pastries for those of us highly caffeinated gardeners.

Our Crop Swaps will be held every other week during the highly productive summer months :
     Saturday July 12th -   11 AM -5 Year Anniversary Party                           July 26th      11 AM
                          Aug   9th      11 AM
                          Aug  23rd     11 AM

A Secret Garden Florist and Cafe is located at 981 E. Main   Ventura, CA  805-667-8330.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Gardener’s Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the yard
the branches were bare and the ground frozen hard;
The roses were dormant and mulched all around
to protect them from damage if frost heaves the ground.
The perennials were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of 5-10-5 danced in their heads.
The new-planted shrubs, had been soaked by the hose
to settle their roots for the long winter's doze;
And out on the lawn, the new fallen snow
protected the roots of the grasses below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
but a truck full of gifts of gardening gear.
Saint Nick was the driver - the jolly old elf
and he winked as he said, "I'm a gardener myself.
I've brought wilt-pruf, rootone, and gibberellin, too.
Please try them and see what they do.
To start new plants, a propagating kit.
Sparkling new shears, for the old apple tree.
To seed your new lawn, I've a patented sower;
in case it should grow, here's a new power mower.
For seed-planting days, I've a trowel and a dibble,
and a roll of wire mesh if the rabbits should nibble.
For the feminine gardener, some gadgets she loves;
plant stakes, a sprinkler, and waterproof gloves;
A chemical agent for the compost pit,
and for pH detecting, a soil testing kit.
With these colorful flagstones, lay a new garden path,
for the kids to enjoy, and bird feeder and bath.
And last but not least, some well-rotted manure.
A green Christmas year round, these gifts will ensure."
Then jolly Saint Nick, having emptied his load,
started his truck and took to the road.
And I heard him exclaim through the motor's loud hum
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a green thumb!"

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Produce Exchange on Sunday April 14

If you have the opportunity check out the new path to the Ventura Botanic Gardens. It's a nice little switchback and gentle uphill walk toward the Cross. Native plants are growing and the hillsides are very green and lush. Springtime is in full bloom. Looks like it's time to start exchanging.

Many thanks to Diana for hosting this Sunday's exchange on 4/14/13
Diana's House
1520 Thrasher
12 noon

Bring any of your extra fruits, veggies, herbs, plant starts, seeds or baked goods or other food to share and exchange.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Potluck and Tamale Party

Oh it's that time of year again when you rush rush rush, shop shop shop, bake bake bake and wrap wrap wrap. How about a relaxing celebration with your gardening friends and fellow co-opers to appreciate all we have grown, gathered and shared throughout this past year ?
Pineapple Coconut Raisin Pecan Dessert Tamales

Lisa has graciously volunteered her backyard again for our Holiday Party. We will be steaming up some of the tamales from last month's cooking gala, so our bent is Mexican. Think rice, beans, enchiladas, quesadillas, aqua frescas (fruit drinks), rompope (eggnog).  More tamales would be great also as we have more dessert tamales than savory ones.

Sunday December 16th, 2012
Lisa's House
6476 Hummingbird Street
12 noon 

Hope you can make it, because you all make it special. 
Happy Holidays and Happy Gardening!  


Monday, November 12, 2012

Chili Today and Hot Tamale

Being in Mazatlan over fall break has inspired me to share some of the wonders of Mexico with the Produce Exchange. And what better way than to make tamales. It's not particularly difficult, just a lot of steps. So many hands make it easier and of course more fun.

Sunday Nov 18th - Tamale Making Party starts @ 10 am
Produce Exchange @ 12 noon
Maureen's House
9572 El Cajon Street
Ventura, CA 93004
Please RSVP for Tamale making 805.340-8756

I'll gather up the masa and hojas. So bring your favorite filling, an apron and a beverage or snack to share.

Monday, July 30, 2012

3rd Anniversary Prodcue Exchange & Potluck

Celebrate Good Times Come On...... 
All you generous, loyal gardeners and exchangers.

Can you believe we've been doing this for 

3 years?
This year's theme is PIE - sweet or savory pies, tarts, turnovers, empanadas, calzones, quiche or galettes.

Bring your favorite and come share some of the others.

Sunday August 5th
Lisa's House
6476 Hummingbird Street
12 noon

Remember this is a free neighborhood exchange of all the Fruits,
Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers that we grow in our yards.
A collective in which we all get to enjoy some of what everyone grows
in exchange for contributing what we don't want or won't use ourselves.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A little cheesey

Liz and Gary will be hosting the upcoming Produce Exchange on 
Sunday July 15th at their home at 
1682 Ocean Ave at
12 noon.

Liz has offered a cheese 
making demo to show the relative simplicity of this process. 
C'est Cheese!

I'm just bringing the rosemary bread to go with....
Hope to see you there.