Garden side entertaining is not something The FarmGirls get to do often, but this last month we had a gardening extravaganza.  

We hired a personal chef, Kevin Stewart from Dallas and brought in a special speaker, Justin Duncan from Houston for the event.  

We were treating our hardworking CSA (community supported agriculture) clients to a well-deserved and special evening.

Typically, one day a month the CSA gardeners arrive about 8 a.m. on a designated Saturday and work alongside Donelle in the vegetable gardens until about noon.  

Each CSA gardener has signed up for a year of hands-on gardening mentorship and each receives a fresh picked harvest basket weekly when produce is available.

This group of gardening entrepreneurs have weeded, cleaned gardening beds, prepared soil mix, watered, mulched, planted seeds, put out FarmGirls Tea Freshly Brewed Compost Tea,  planted transplants, and harvested vegetables.  

Each person works in one of Garden Inspirations many vegetable gardens and tends to a small assigned garden plot.

The CSA gardening program is designed to sharpen gardening skills and encourage community.  The gardeners work together on many fruitful projects.  

Each month a chef prepares a nutritious meal. The group fellowship and eat lunch from a farm style buffet. The chefs provide cooking strategies and strive to serve in season and when possible, farm grown food.

For this special event, Chef Kevin Stewart was given an array of freshly harvested vegetables.  These included an iced down watermelon, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, bouquet of herbs, fresh peaches, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onions and tomatoes.

It is truly fun to give chefs pesticide free, local and fresh vegetables and watch these passionate foodies work their magic.   

Chef Stewart’s did not disappoint.

This is his harvest menu: Baba ghanoush dip with carrots and pepper slices, summer salad with watermelon, cucumber, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, spearmint and parsley, sausage with spaghetti squash jam, spaghetti squash frittata, and balsamic grilled peaches with a side of basil infused lemon sorbet for dessert.

A beautiful evening unfolded, Texas weather was especially kind again and provided a gentle evening breeze as the students jointly celebrated and ate the fruit of their labor.  

As I watched the CSA enjoy the evening I was reminded of a statement one of our previous interns proclaimed  as she ate fresh vegetables from the garden, “If this is real food, what have I been eating all my life!”  

We hope that you are planning to have more fresh and local vegetables from your own gardens or from the local farmer’s market and dine on real food along with us this season.  

Tune into The FarmGirls Organic Gardening Radio Show every Friday at 1 p.m. on KAAM 770 AM and like us on Facebook: Garden Inspirations, from our garden gate to yours…

FarmGirls of Garden Inspirations, a garden education company are Marilyn Simmons and daughter, Donelle Simmons.  You can email us at farmgirls@gardeninspirations-tx.com and join our weekly email by signing up through our website: www.gardeninspirations-tx.com, like us on Facebook!  Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. to the FarmGirls Organic Radio Show on KAAM 770 AM.