As Local as it Gets

We’re getting ready to check out the Boulder Farmer’s Market this morning; we’ve heard they have everything from fresh produce to used bicycles for sale. What else do you need, really?? This area has an abundance of stores and markets that sell local fruits, vegetables, etc. But, when you can browse the tables outside on a gorgeous summer morning, get tasty samples, and look at bicis, that is not an experience to skip.

While we can buy local at various venues, you can’t beat the “backyard salad” we had on Wednesday night.


We showed up to the House, only to find everyone had already gathered outside in the backyard. Stepping through the gate, we found ourselves walking into toddlers, playsets, grass, gardens, picnic tables, flowers and new friends.

On the dinner buffet table: freshly baked bread, basil pesto pasta, and a mixed greens salad from the yard.

The backdrop of our dinner table provided the fixin’s:

Those gorgeous greens made up half of my plate; my salad has never had so much flavor. It was deliciously complemented by the pasta & soft bread. Bon appetit!


I plan on starting small, by growing a few herbs on our deck and starting with Basil. This salad garden won’t be far behind, if a backyard is in our near future. πŸ˜‰

Do you grow any of your own produce or herbs?



Filed under dinners, food

11 responses to “As Local as it Gets

  1. Came over from Healthy Strides – what a fantastic salad! I started growing a variety of salad greens, peppers, green onions, radishes, and carrots in plastic Rubbermaid containers last year. It’s so easy. Organic potting soil, any container (I have peppers growing in 5 gallon buckets) – Google “container gardening” to see the minimum size requirements for each type of plant, and water. There’s nothing more fabulous than stepping out to the patio to cut some lettuce for the evening’s dinner or to top a burger off the grill. My husband even picks and the veggies while he grills. So delicious, easy, and healthy. Sure beat tilling, weeding, and the backache. Good luck!

  2. Lacey

    such a pretty sunflower at the top!!!!!! and i love that you have a deck. πŸ™‚ i don’t grow herbs,… i think it might be fun. i’m dog sitting this weekend and they grow a boat load of mint and basil. but even having it here i don’t know what i would do with it on a daily basis. lol. i’ve put mint in mojitos but i don’t drink mojitos often enough. maybe i should πŸ™‚

    btw HAPPY MOVE IN! you guys look like you’re doing great and happy!! and nice run!!! loved the pictures!!!!!! beautiful! felt like i was there πŸ™‚ it looks a lot like fort collins (where i ran my first half!!! i have some family members out there, too).

  3. That is awesome that you were able to eat right from your garden! πŸ™‚ I too am thinking of hitting up our farmer’s market today. Our garden has been a bit of a flop so far, though our pumpkins are going crazy! Yay!

  4. I love eating from the garden. It’s one of the best aspects of summer. Nothing beats going out into the garden, picking a sun warmed tomato and slicing it up for dinner.

    Have a wonderful time at the market today!

  5. We planted an herb garden this spring – lots of basil, mint, arugula and cilantro. So convenient to pop out in the backyard when a recipe calls for basil. πŸ™‚

  6. don’t grow our own herbs, but several veggies:
    roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, snap peas, spinach, and lettuce.
    we had to scale down our garden big time this year compared to years past.
    I love gardening though πŸ™‚

  7. i so wish that i had taken the initiative to do a garden this year…i totally got burned by hail killing my basil last year though and didn’t want to try again!

  8. I was just saying to hubs yesterday that I want to grow some veggies next year! What could be better than eating dinner straight from your own backyard?

  9. when i get my own place, i would LOVE to start a garden!! πŸ™‚

  10. Stop, stop. I am too in love with Boulder. Ahh:)

    Nothing beats homegrown. We have grown peppers, basil and other small things. We do OK as long as we keep our pup from sniffing everything.

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