Thyme for a Herb Garden


Photo by me - The five herbs I picked up for $15 ($3 each) at the market on Saturday.
Summer is about fresh salads and grilling out on the BBQ. Most hot weather dishes (and drinks) benefit from fragrant fresh herbs. Enter the urban herb garden into your life. Get started with Inspired Market Gardens at the City Market Downtown (one of the last stalls towards 104th Avenue). Soon you’ll be growing a variety of herbs beyond most organic supermarkets. Inspired Market Gardens carries all the ‘regular’ herbs including rosemary, thyme, mint, cilantro and oregano, but where the ‘inspired’ part comes in is with varieties such as chocolate mint, lemon balm, lavender, and cinnamon basil.

An herb garden is simple, easy and cheap to start and begin with delicious benefits. You just need to cultivate an appetite.

A few tips from Inspired Market Gardens: 

- Use approximately 3 tbsp. fresh herbs for every ½ tsp. you would use of dried herbs.
- Use in last 5-10 minutes of cooking only – the heat destroys the oils over time.  
- Tear fresh herbs, don’t chop, you want to release the aroma!

Mojito Recipe
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sugar
5-6 large mint leaves (from your garden, ofcourse)
1-1/2 oz. white rum
Crushed ice
Soda water

In a glass, stir lime juice with sugar to dissolve sugar. Stir in min to release its flavour. Add rum and crushed ice. Pour soda water on top.