Category Archives: Herbs

Bitter Melon Juice

bitter-gourd   I guess it’s time to grow bitter melon.  I have some seeds from Kitazawa Seed and this article about bitter melon juice potentially fighting pancreatic cancer makes it a must grow! “Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center found that the juice of the bitter melon — a green squash-shaped produce with a bumpy skin — could stop pancreatic cancer cells from metabolizing glucose. This is important because cancer cells need this energy in order to survive — and blocking off their glucose supply kills them.” Read the whole article here.  Look for bitter melon juice at the farm stand this summer…


Turkey Day Farm Box!

Oh, the long lost tradition of holiday postcards and the amazing letterpress designs…this one is from 1916.

Because our weekly Farm Stand is open on Fridays, we thought it would be nice to have a special day, this Tuesday-November 22nd to distribute some farm freshness for your traditional recipes on this cook’s holiday!  We have included several items that are usually on the shopping list…

Turkey Day Farm Box!
Pick Up at the Farm Stand
Spring at Elm
Tuesday, November 22nd
10am – 4pm
The Turkey Day Farm Box includes:
Green Beans, Onions, Carrots, Celery, Romaine, Green Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuces, New Potatoes, Beets, Oranges, Fresh Thyme, and Fresh Rosemary. There will also be produce available to purchase a la carte if you need more of any item for a recipe….or something not included.

See you in the field!


One of my favorite, favorite gardening books is the herb bible-
75 exceptional herbs for your garden by Jack Staub.  The illustration above is from the book and by Ellen Buchert.  The book is a blueprint for an herbalist’s eden.  Borage has been recognized for it’s medicinal benefits since 77AD…by many.

Here is a great link to a page all about herbs and uses, with recipes.  Here are two that stand out:

Borage Wine Cup
Makes about 2 litres
125ml brandy
30ml castor sugar
750ml bottle dry white wine
125ml orange juice
250ml crushed ice
750ml bottle pink champagne
250ml lemonade
250ml ginger ale
45ml chopped fresh borage leaves

  1. Blend brandy, sugar, wine, juice and ice until combined.
  2. Combine champagne, lemonade, ginger ale, borage and wine mixture in large bowl just before serving.
  3. Decorate with borage flowers.

Borage Jelly
A great spread with cream cheese and crackers.
6 cups of borage leaves and flowers parts soaked in a 4 cups of cold water overnight
4 cups of borage infused water
4 ½ cups of sugar
1 tablespoon lemon
1 pack commercial pectin
a pinch of salt and red pepper