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While growing up in Johnston, IA, I tended a very small vegetable garden with my father and continued growing food as a casual hobby. During college I was lucky enough to have a landlord who let me make a slightly bigger garden, and quickly became hooked. I was fascinated with the diversity of both common and less common vegetables that aren't always available at grocery stores, and enjoyed learning how to cook with lots of new things. Convinced that there was a possibility I might want to take growing food more seriously, I started a new 1/6 of an acre garden in my Granpa's backyard on the south-side of Des Moines. I then made the garden larger the following year, and added two new plots in the yard of a close family friend in Johnston this year, totaling one acre. I am also running a stand at the Beaverdale, Greenwood (Merle Hay Mall), and Valley Junction farmers' markets.
I believe that eating local and responsibly grown food is the key to better health and a more sustainable economy, as many others at the coop believe. It's also just fun to have more options, more color, and more flavors with the foods that you eat. I am relatively new to the lifestyle of being a food producer, and am always striving to learn more and enjoy sharing ideas, or a type of food or recipe I am excited about.
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Basil - "African Blue"
13 bags available. Order number of bags.
I tend to use this more frequently than other types of basil. It makes an awesome pesto and is good in stir-fries. I also enjoy it for breakfast sauteed with eggs and tomatoes.The flavor is only slightly different from sweet basil.
Herbs will come in a bag banded shut, with a bit more than the herb containers commonly sold in grocery stores.
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Basil - "African Blue" - 1 pound
6 pounds available. Order number of pounds.
Stock up with 1 pound. Can be used to make a large batch of pesto or other dish, dried and ground up, or blanched and frozen for the winter. This lesser-known variety has a great flavor.