Hello folks! We'd like to announce that we are going back to our roots - potted herbs, heirloom vegetables and, coming soon, potted flowers. Plants will be available in the spring at Horton St. Market in St. Thomas, Ontario. You can also call us at 519-619-2153, or e-mail us by clicking here. For those who are unaware, The Silver Birch Tea Room has been closed and our family has moved off the farm.
Herbs are a joy to grow, and even more of a joy to use! Growing your own is easy to do, and with a bit of experimenting you will be using them all in no time.
Another bonus of herbs is that they have no calories. This means that plants such as chocolate mint can be used in recipes in the place of chocolate, allowing you to enjoy the flavour even though you are eating healthier.
If you are a beginner, or someone who could use a bit of help, there is a list of some common kitchen herbs below, with a couple of not-so-common additions.
Start with sweet basil. Once you're familiar with it, experiment with other varieties. Try fresh basil on a bagel with fresh tomatoes, or add it to an omelete, salad or pizza.
A staple of East Coast cooking. More mild than winter savory, great on fish, this annual must be replanted every year.
Add to meat dishes, soups, breads, cheese dishes and more. It won't take you long to fall in love!
Curled, italian, plain or root, this herb is versatile. Don't hesitate to use it on anything.
You have to bring this plant indoors over the winter, but that's great for using it all year round. Stews, chicken, with vegetables, or as a tea, rosemary is key.
Use the flowers in salads, and the stem in everything else.