summer preview salad

I got the first round of heirloom tomatoes this week at the farmer’s market. Although they are not quite there yet, still fun to see some pop of color back in the market.

Here is astellar heirloom tomato + avocado + olive oil + maldon sea salt + cracked pepper + balsamic vinegar + basil from my herb garden.

Astellar mini farm update.

When we lived in our first home, we didn’t have the proper yard space with the right amount of sun so we planted an urban farm in milk crates. This made it easy to move the plants around the light. Since then we have moved and my lovely father in law graciously installed raised beds and a drip system.
In our first garden we planted cauliflower, kale, broccoli, and lettuces. At first broccoli was in abundance. But then we got the whitefly. I wasn’t around enough to take care of the garden and without any prior knowledge of how to properly take care of a garden, we miserably failed our first harvest. Since then I have been told that earthworm castings curbs whitefly.
Second season I decided herbs were the way to go in at least a full bed. I have three beds total. Success! I still have tons of parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, lemon basil, and oregano. It is so clutch to have these things at my disposal. I cook everyday!! My friend, Ji, gave me advice to make a fish emulsion mixture and feed my garden. Guess what!?! It totally works! I also planted zucchini, gherkin and persian cucumbers. I had to give zucchini away!!
Now we are moving into winter and I planted heirloom carrots, spinach, kale, chard, and all my herbs are still in abundance. Promise to keep you updated. I have really enjoyed the farm to table experience.


staying hydrated never tasted this good.

Ever since I got my custom mason jar water bottle from Farmyard Darlings, I drink a lot more water and I am not using ANY water bottles. I started adding herbs from the garden to make it more interesting. I call this astellar spirit water.

Persian cucumbers + lemon basil + spearmint + chamomile. So refreshing!
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