It’s summer, it’s hot! To help relieve the heat, we wanted to offer a little something to our CSA members in addition to their flowers this week!
Too help cool off, Eric and Carling teamed up to make limeade with locally grown basil simple syrup. The basil came from our friends at Hillen Homestead!
Basil Simple Syrup (adapted from Cooking with Flowers)
- 1 Cup Organic Cane Sugar
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (washed)
Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches a simmer. Place basil leaves in a nonreactive bowl (glass or stainless steal) and pour hot syrup over top. Let sit 30 minutes, or longer. Strain out basil, and pour into sealable jar ( a mason jar works great!).
Ideas for Basil Simple Syrup:
- Mix with fresh lime or lemon juice, water, and ice for limeade or lemonade.
- Mix with gin, ice, and tonic or club soda for a refreshing cocktail.
Carling also made Sweet William Shortbread
Sweet William Shortbread (recipe from "Cooking with Flowers" by Miche Bacher of Mali B Sweets Available for purchase at Mali B Sweets online.
For those of you that are not familiar with Sweet William or Dianthus, it represents love, fascination, distinction, and pure affection. Culinary Uses: dianthus is sweet, with a slightly clove like aftertaste. The petals are an ingredient in the liquor Chartreuse. Our sweet william this week came from Butterbee Farm
Of course, we’ve got flowers too! This week we’ve got:
- Sunflowers, Lisianthus, Sunshine Daydream Perrenial Sunflower Capital Flower Growers
- Mountain Mint, Celosia, Tansy Belvedere Farm
- Scabiosa The Hillen Homestead
Hope you enjoy your flowers and treats this week!