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Showing posts from August, 2019

Les Fleurs

I love flowers!  Every year I grow more. I love giving away bouquets and I love having fresh-cut flowers in the B & B.   Many have come and gone since Spring, but here are some of what’s in bloom in late August. I hope they put a smile on your face!                                                       Shasta Daisies at Aubergine Band B                                                                      Sunflowers in the Finger Lakes                                                            White hardy hibiscus at  Aubergine BandB                                                                                Aubergine Dahlias                                                                Rose of Sharon at Aubergine Band B                                                                                   Aubergine Clematis Heliotrope at Aubergine-tres Victorian!                                                                            Finger Lakes Dahl

Garden to Table

Here in the Finger Lakes, “farm to table” restaurants are very popular. It is such a great way to take advantage of our local farms which provide such beautiful produce.  We have vineyards, orchards, dairy farms, and so many great chefs who use all of these resources to turn out fresh, delicious dishes. I like to think of Aubergine as a “garden to table” establishment.  With so many fresh ingredients available, some question why I even bother with a vegetable garden. But gardening has been my passion for many years and I just love the process. Weeding to me is a form of “moving meditation.” I grow my vegetables and flowers from seed in my basement and just love that I can offer my guests homegrown berries on my homemade yogurt, fresh flowers, and omelets and frittatas made with fresh-picked veggies. I wish Penn Yan would let me raise chickens!  But fortunately the local farmers provide the very freshest eggs. I buy my meats locally, and, although on my bucket list is making my own