We know that you have potted and grown some herby plants for the auction table, done that spring cleaning and the baking is well under way. Please bring all of those goodies to the “2017 All Things Herbal Auction”. We love buying each other’s treasures…
We ask that everyone who attends bring one or two items to be auctioned —
• All those herb-y, garden-y things you no longer need or want.
• Herb and spice plants (in pretty pots!), herb crafts or artwork.
• Garden items (like concrete frogs, tools, nice pots, baskets, etc).
• Home-baked goodies, oils, vinegars and preserves
• Small items (herbal soaps, beauty products, or sachets) will go into baskets.
You can set a minimum price or say something special about your item by
taping a note on the item. This helps the auctioneers drum up interest and get the best price.
4:00pm Doors open (come earlier to help set up)
Donations are set out on tables.
6:30pm Auction starts & continues until about 8:00pm
At end Pay Treasurer (Ingrid) for what you’ve won
Help tidy up the auditorium
Go home with your booty — delighted with a really fun evening!
Bring finger foods to share — especially if you’re donating a food item for the auction. Your auction item will bring in more dollars when people have a chance to taste it beforehand!
Do something right and it’s worth repeating. At least, that's what we think at EHS with our Spring and Fall Booth at Mounts Plant Sales, our annual All Things Herbal Auction in March, the November Gifts that Grow Demonstrations, and of course, February’s Chili Cook-off. We hope you enjoyed it as much as your Board enjoys having the program and inducing our chili-loving cooks to participate.
This event has made me, always a “collector”, collect chili pepper themed treasures and edible chili stuff for a cook-off prize. Wouldn’t you know, I’ve already found a major item for the 2018 event, and I’ve just begun to search! Next year we hope to have more vegetarian entries, so that all our members can fill up on good food before settling down to the meeting’s speaker. The Board noted that not everyone voted and who would vote for a dish with meat if you are not a meat eater!
I considered entering an unusual chili recipe that I came across – fresh fruit and beans chili -- but then I realized that if I didn’t think it sounded good, I wouldn’t taste it and it wouldn’t be civilized to dish up something the cook had not vetted. I’m known in my family for putting things like raisins and olives in chili. I call the recipe Cuban Picadeillo. My father says, “Why would you want to ruin good chili?”
Now you have the winning chili recipes in this newsletter, so try them at home and plan to enter the 2018 contest.
Our February speaker, Mark Meier, was just perfect for the evening with his self-watering buckets, each one capable of holding a tomato plant – obviously a major part of a pot of chili. It is so good to learn new ways to recycle. Mark’s very appealing talk and demonstration about growing vegetables was inspiring and he made his invention seem very do-able for us herb growers who like what we eat fresh and locally grown. Who wouldn’t like a healthy tomato plant with a few spicy nasturtium, sharing its almost carefree pot? A garden of white pots filled with herbs, edible flowers and some of the vegetables that do best in our sub-tropical winter – and summer – would make anyone proud and be healthy.
It was so thoughtful of Mark to donate the pot he made right in front of us to our raffle, and that winner got a good gardening start. Then Mark volunteered as a runner for the raffle, which was also thoughtful and so welcome. What a good program he gave.
When you go looking for young plants for your new pots, don’t forget Mount Nursery which usually has heirloom tomatoes. Other sources are herb and plant vendors at local Green Markets, since it’s too late to start from seed. For summer vegetables, see if you can't find okra – its heat tolerant, handsome, and so Southern. If you want a truly flourishing herb, look for oregano. It’s more than just a pizza flavor, it’s marvelously healthful for all those “anti-” qualities, such as anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
We’re all looking forward to the All Things Herbal Auction this month. Collect your donations, make some nibbles for the Tasting Table. Come a little early so the Auction crew can arrange your donations in a timely fashion and look forward to an evening of fun, This is when we get a little giddy!
Donnie Brown, President
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
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