It’s February and time for the EHS Annual Chili Cook-off! Make your best chili and enter it into our contest. This has been such a big hit, that we decided to do it again! Everyone brings at least a quart of their favorite chili (and the recipe!). Each entry will be assigned a number and we’ll make up small servings in cups. Then everyone votes for their top 3 favorites. We’ll print at least the 3 top chili recipes in the next newsletter.
Is it me or do you wonder where time goes, as we are already into the second month of the New Year. Since it is our growing season, the garden needs a lot more attention. What are those snails doing to my Bromeliads, those slimy things and what is eating on my begonia leaves to make them look like Swiss cheese? I planted nasturtium seeds in December and they have the most beautiful leaves, but no flowers. This is another puzzle in my world of gardening. However, it is not all bad since there are a lot of other plants and trees that are doing well.
The Herb/Wellness Garden at the Mounts is being visited and enjoyed by all ages. We have planted a lot of new stuff and it is worthy of your visit. When you have a less than perfect day and that’s easy to imagine nowadays with all of that traffic and challenging drivers, take a break and stop over at the Mounts and visit the Herb Garden, take in the scents, discover the orchid bloom on the vanilla vine and you will feel so much better.
By the time you receive the February newsletter the membership meeting will be around the corner and since that is the last day of February, March is right there.
We are already thinking big about our “Annual Herbal Auction” and we need your help. If you have garden items that don’t fit into your garden’s present motif or items you have set aside and they are taking up space, we will take them off your hands for our auction table. If you have never attended one of our auctions, you are missing out on a lot of fun and a dazzling amount of material.
Then on to April 29 and 30th, we will be at the Mounts with our booth selling herbal plants for your spring planting. It is a fun event for us as we always get a lot of help from members that volunteer at our booth. We love to talk to the customers and sell the herbs and a little happiness. Oh, we forgot, if you volunteer on Saturday, we serve a gourmet lunch, maybe that’s stretching it but it will be delicious and plentiful.
Donnie Brown, our president who usually writes the Society News, is a little under the weather and gave the job to me this month. My passion is to dig in dirt and work at the Mounts in the Herb/Wellness Garden. I am a little challenged when it comes to writing a column for the newsletter. I will see you at the February Membership meeting and looking forward to tasting your Chilis. I can’t wait!
Owner/Farmer Ground Floor Farm
Presented by Meg Vandereedt
Mike is co-owner and Head Farmer at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart. He was previously Farm Manager at Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm in New York City, Farmer at Seven Arrows Farm in Locust, NJ, and Farmer and ag educator at Oasis in Middletown, NJ. Learn how to build an inexpensive self watering planter pot for your home garden at this meeting. www.groundfloorfarm.com
Rosemary Caspary is a homesteader, edible gardener, healthy home cook, artist and former dietician. She has been an educator for over 20 years. Rose is also the founder of The Treasure Coast Homesteading Group.
Treasure Coast Homesteading Group:
The gourmets of Evening Herb started tucking into our Annual Holiday Potluck array of incredibly delicious edibles at exactly 6:30 pm on December 13th.
The tables were decorated with the greens and pinecones left from the evening before by our friends-in-Potluck décor, the Begonia Society, and were freshened up by Bernard Pages’ arranging an armload or so of red, pink and white copperleaf, that everyone likes to take home as starter cuttings.
The Auditorium was filled with tantalizing aromas of baked and roast turkey, as Marci Green took over the kitchen, mingled with all the other wonderful scents as dozens of other dishes appeared.
There were a lots of “ohs and ahs” as we helped ourselves to a bit of each dish, great “ohs and ahs” when new member Colvin Jonas’s real Jamaican sorrel punch was sampled, and sighs of contentment as we all dug in. Chatter started again as second helpings were taken and I think this Potluck was one of the most chatty and relaxed one we’ve had. Everyone was enjoying themselves and their herbal friends. Thank you all for your generosity and your appreciation of what your fellow members contributed. It was such a nice evening.
As President, I couldn’t close the evening without thanking EHS’s board of Directors, Vice President Leslie Rigg; Treasurer Ingrid Menz; Assistant Treasurer Bernard Pages; Secretary Marci Green; Newsletter Cathy Azzarello; Webmaster Mary Wickenshei-
mer; Past President Meg Vandereedt and contributors Tom Hewitt and Gene Joyner for the wonderful work in 2016 and their agreeableness to serving once again for 2017. We spend a lot of time and effort to make our Society what it is: educational, inspirational, useful to Mounts and our community, and so enjoyable for our members.
Now that we’ve settled a bit into 2017, with New Year’s resolutions well in hand (or perhaps not!), we should all be ready for new times, new things, interesting herbing and use thereof, good gardening and just an excellent year of interesting, educational meetings, filled with old and new friends.