It’s been a busy month here at the gardenfreude household. Food month turned out largely to be takeout month because we were so busy with all of the other projects happening right now. We are excited to be back and we have some very exciting things to share with all of you. If you read Fooditka, you may already know about today’s announcement.
This summer we grew a lot of kitchen herbs in the garden. In fact, due to the freakishly warm weather this season, many of them are still growing. As are our mustard greens, radishes, carrots, and even our aphid riddled broccoli plants. Anyway. . . What to do our abundance? We learned the joy of preserving the smells and flavors of fresh garden herbs in French Sea Salt. We started with Rosemary Salt and everyone we gave a jar to returned with rave reviews.
We have been experimenting with all of the herbs we grew this season and after many experiments and much time in the kitchen, we have created the Gardenfreude 2011 Limited Edition Salt Collection. There are seven flavors in all, each one a blend of fresh, flavorful garden-y goodness and French Sea Salt.
The flavors are Lovage, Paprika, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thai Chili, and Thyme. It’s worth noting that nobody uses them as much as we do and the game of which flavor to bring to the table is one of our favorites. We have spent a lot of time testing flavors, building recipes, designing labels, and sourcing packages. That’s all before the process of washing and chopping and drying herbs, mixing the recipes, sterilizing and packing jars, and labeling them. It has been a blast! We ended up with about 300 jars for this season and they are going fast.
Our good friend Mackenzi at Site has been such a great support in helping us share them with our community. We have been at her store two different weekends sharing snacks and goodies that feature the salts and selling them to our awesome neighbors. The salts are still available at her store if you’re in NYC. If you’re out of state and want some shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to send one out. We’re already planning our 2012 collection!
We’d like to thank all of the bloggers and community members who have been so supportive of our project and to our readers who keep coming back to see what we’re up to now. If things keep going this way we may turn our tiny garden into a full fledged farm someday!!