Night Time Raid on an Herb Garden

Hi everyone!

One of the best things about going to different Farmer’s Markets all summer long is that we get the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. A lot of people we meet are so amazingly generous. They know that we are a small local business and offer to give us their herbs.

Since most people grow herbs for the beauty or smell of them and to use a little here and there, they end up with gorgeous full plants that they have no use for at the end of the growing season. So they offer them to us.

It is not uncommon for Troy to run all over the area harvesting herbs from various backyards. Well, last night we did just that.

One of the local garden clubs had planted a beautiful herb garden at a museum house and told us to come over and cut them all down because a frost was predicted.

The earliest we could get over there was 7:30 last night. It was dark, cold and it was raining. Yes, it is a glamorous job! We all bundled up and headed out to be herb thieves in the night! I looked at the three of us and we were almost all in black so, I felt like an herb bandit! Not to mention, the museum next to the one we were cutting from had a special event going on and when everyone came out of the house they saw us out there hunched over in the rain cutting. We got some very strange looks.

As soon as we cut as much as we could we came home had a quick dinner put the princess to bed and then we had to deal with all the bags of herbs we had just harvested. Normally they could wait until the next day but, since it was raining all the plants had mud on them and if they dried that way, the mud is very difficult to rinse off.

So at midnight, we are rinsing, sorting and getting all the herbs on trays to be dried. I told you I lead a very glamorous life!

Please forgive the blurry pictures. I was exhausted by this point and a little blurry myself!

Fall harvesting 2011 001There are four more trays on the counters and all four dining room chairs have trays of herbs on them.

Fall harvesting 2011 003This is just another reason why I collect fun trays, they get used!

We are giving an herb presentation to this garden club later this week. We had hoped to make each member a small  Herbs de Provence package. This is a traditional herb mix which consists of:

  • 3 Tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 3 Tablespoons dried thyme
  • 3 Tablespoons dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

Herbs de Provence are used to flavor grilled foods such as fish and meat, as well as vegetable stews. The mixture can be added to foods before or during cooking or mixed with cooking oil prior to cooking so as to infuse the flavor into the cooked food. They are rarely added after cooking is complete.


Unfortunately, the herbs are just not going to be dried in time. At least I have created 4 different recipes using our herb products that I will make for everyone to try that night. I will share them with you at a later date.

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  1. So glamorous out there in the rain and I can just imagine the looks you got! I think it is wonderful how so many offer you their extra herbs! Hope you got some rest today.

  2. That's funny! I'll bet they thought you were stealing those herbs! lol And doing it with your little girl too! lol Good thing no one called the police!

  3. Herb thieves in the night??? That is such a funny picture. I'm sorry your herbs won't be ready in time.

  4. You gave me a good early morning smile, thinking about doing this in the rain and mud after dark. You gotta love those herbs! I would do it too.......

    The French Hutch

  5. Such a cute story. I can just see you gathering plants in the dark and rain. I bet it looked like early Halloween spooks, Ginger


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