From Garden to Plate (or Glass)


Saturday, 04/21/2018    
10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Hazen Memorial Library
3 Keady Way, Shirley, MA, 01464

Event Type

We’re getting back to our roots in April! The Gardeners Exchange grew out of a desire for gardeners to meet and “exchange” gardening knowledge, tips for success and inspirations. At our April meeting we return to this original concept with three mini-presentations given by members on using the garden’s bounty in new ways. As always, light refreshments will be served.

In addition, our spring dividend distribution will be held at the end of the meeting. Members each get three, free, quart-size perennials as “dividends.” And there will be extras for sale so don’t forget to bring cash or check if you plan to add to your three freebies! If you can’t be there to pick up your dividends, please ask another member to take them for you.

Enjoying the Fruits of Your Garden in New Ways

Members Perry Goldstein, Celeste Huber & Judith Taylor

Perry, Celeste and Judith will help inspire us to think beyond salads and use the fruits, vegetables and herbs from our gardens in new ways:

  • Celeste will describe simple syrups and shrubs (sweetened vinegar-based syrups) made with herbs and fruits. These can be used to flavor both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. She will have three different samples to try and recipe handouts to take home.
  • Perry will do a “show and tell” on dehydrating fruits at home using your oven. She has had success drying cherry tomatoes, Asian pears and apples using this simple method and will be bringing samples for tasting.
  • Judith will demonstrate how to make “fire cider,” a tonic with many health benefits that can be made out of ingredients from the garden. It can be consumed “as is,” made into a tea or used in salad dressings, chutneys, marinades, soups and chilis. She will be providing samples for tasting as well recipe handouts.

There will be a $5 charge for non-members only to help defray the costs of our 2018 presentations.

Parking If possible, please park across the street at the school to leave space in the library parking lot for library patrons. Thank you!