Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Garden Day, back at the shop

(Update 7-30) Due to popular request, more food photos from our Garden Day menu~~ Arugula pesto (crisp & mild) and goat cheese with roasted beets (delicious!) on crostini; and Adam's browned-butter raspberry tarts. The raspberries were large, round, fresh and perfect, the tart was popular, as well!

~We had a great time after the garden tours - everyone enjoyed a colorful, fresh lunch at The PORCH & Atelier (thank you, Chef Adam & Malia). Deb Rens did a marvelous job - she brought gorgeous herb plantings ($3-$9); sampled herbs: of note were the lavender sugar and rosemary salt, answered questions, and had recipe handouts.

Everything wrapped up with shopping, and touring the third floor apartment. Of most interest at this tour: cabinets in the living room and kitchen (built by Alan-you may have seen his cabinets and granite-top pieces in the Atelier), mirrors in the living room and kitchen, and the architectural details in the entry.

Thank you to everyone who attended - many were from the surrounding area and the metro, but some came from as far as Bismarck ND and Mason City IA! The gardeners (and their helpers), guests, and workers here all made for a memorable day - thank you~

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