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Garden Eats Tip of the Day: East Meets West

Howdy! We’ve been so busy in the garden this past week tending to our new climbing bean and cucumber trellis, carefully removing unwanted visitors from our spinach and pepper leaves and now planning on what we’re going to do with our big harvest!

Your questions keep rolling in via email- we’re so happy you find the Ask Garden Eats column helpful in your gardens and kitchens! We love your questions and want to encourage you to post them to our Facebook wall (or even tweet them to us if you like). Of course, keep on sending those emails, yet consider asking your question for everyone to see. Because Garden Eats encourages community interdependence, your questions and comments are always helping everyone here!

This week you’re all asking and commenting on our Tip of the Day (currently curated by Kath) and about some of our services. Because so many are similar, we decided to answer them all here in one place! We think we’re touching on everyone’s inquiries, but ask again if your’re hoping for a more in-depth answer or perhaps a different angle!

Your Questions

Q: I live in Cali, but am from New York, it seems your tips are more centered to our friends back there?

GE: With the warmer growing season being so darn short on the East US coast we’ve decided to concentrate our Tip of the Day on the New England US regions. The soil is about the same (overall) with weather conditions following a similar pattern.

Q: When will the Tip of the Day Switch to West Coast?

GE: Our tips will likely go through the fall until everything is harvested and we can discuss what you’ll want to do to get your gardens ready for the (freezing) winter months.

  • Many of you have asked questions about jarring, canning and storing for winter so these projects and recipes will be featured late August and early September.
  • We’ll be featuring a special forum on seed saving for beginners hosted by us with experts offering their insight.
  • After that, you’ll see a little shift focusing more on California winter gardening. You’ll also see us introducing new things altogether at that point too!

Q: Our family and gardening club really finds the tips helpful, but we’re visual people and who doesn’t love photos! Could you please update your photo galleries more if you have time? Thanks!

GE: We’re visual learners as well and we promise to upload more often and with more variety to our galleries both on Facebook and at the site gallery. Whenever possible, we’ll paste up photos to accompany the Tip of the Day as well!

Q: Are more summer recipes coming soon?

GE: More recipes ARE coming soon. With both the humidity and dry heat, hydration is essential. A lot of the summer recipes may seem like desserts or treats, but they’re in fact completely packed with tons of recovery and rejuvenation type nutrients! If you haven’t tried the Girl’s Night Sorbet yet, it’s the bomb! Boy’s Night Mango Sorbet is on the way soon!

Q: Will you be adding more gluten free recipes soon?

GE: Although we try to label everything, you’ll notice that most of our recipes are in fact gluten free. We don’t always make a point of mentioning it because still for some reason, folks equate gluten free with bland taste. If you’ve tried any of our recipes you can vouch for the multi-dimensional flavors though! We will do a better job of mentioning the special nutrition details at the end of our recipes and will update the current ones for everyone!

Garden Eats offers special menu subscription services for individuals, families and restaurants alike. Our menus focus on taste suited for your personal health and wellness goals while aligning the selections with what’s available to your region locally and seasonally. While we attempt to update the site frequently with complimentary recipes, these are made just for you!

And yes, we take great joy in preparing menus that reflect gluten and allergy free ingredients. Just because there’s one or two ingredients your body doesn’t like, doesn’t mean that what you eat can’t be full of flavor! Identifying your personal flavor and tastes is our way of bringing the garden to your kitchen!

Q: We’re trying to pair our foods better in our house and want to plan next year’s garden to help with this. Can you share info about this in your tips?

GE: Glad you asked. We’re about to do an article about companion planting. Companion planting describes how plants mutually benefit from one another based on the soil composition, watering and light exposure. Just like a thriving community, garden planning makes all the difference in how much nutrition each little plant contains upon harvesting! We’ll suggest how to pair certain plants in your kitchens as well!

Q: Why don’t you have two pages of services, one with food and one with garden?

GE: We’re into the natural flow of growing and eating. With the slow food and farm to table philosophies at the heart of everything we do, Garden Eats sees garden and food as inseparable. To offer our interpretation of seed to table into your homes and daily lives, we’ve found that offering our services together makes the most natural sense.

You’ll notice that many are mentioned as great companion services such as our garden and food therapy consults. We tend to think that if you’re growing what you’ll eat that the food therapy consultation will naturally flow from that.

Q: There are a ton of websites with pretty pictures and frills. You guys are great writers, but can you deliver on-premise? We hired some consultants last year to help with a garden project and while they could write a nice advertisement, they could not deliver. So, we ask, can you deliver on-site?

GE: First off, thanks! We’re glad you like our writing style! And, it’s true, there are so many beautiful well-written websites that sometimes it’s difficult to know who can do what they say they can/will on-site.

Your question screams, “start a testimonial type page.” We’ve been thinking about posting up “Overheard in the Kitchen and Garden” where our happy clients can contribute comments to help answer your questions about how we deliver on-site.

To answer your question directly though, yes! We deliver because we absolutely love what we’re at your house to do, grow, cook!.. Whether it’s in your kitchen or garden, we know you’ve invited us into your home to help based on the ideas of creating happiness and self-sufficiency. We’re honored to be a part of our communities and our client’s ever evolving lifestyles.

Our clients have told us that they’re happy with our services and mostly excited that they’ve been able to have their own “garden to table” experience.

Thanks to everyone for writing us fun notes and asking thoughtful questions that improve both the Garden Eats community and yours at home! Look forward to hearing what you all think about the upcoming new stuff!

Happy summer from Kath & Christine!

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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