June 21st is the official kick off to summer. Swimming pool splashes, sweet and sticky snowballs from the neighborhood stand, fresh farmer’s market produce, open-air movie night s, concerts and festivals, and a slower pace of life as school days wind to an end for the summer. We hope you’re enjoying sunny days outdoors, cookouts and down time with family and friends this summer.
Gramercy has been busy with the start of wedding season, guests visiting our B&B for a relaxing getaway and growing season for our organic herbs at KoinoniaFarm. We are happy to announce Mom’s Organic Market located in Timonium will be carrying our herbs available for purchase. Mom’s is exclusively the only market in the area to carry Koinonia’s organic Stevia. Be sure to look for our labels in our local market!
With our organic herbs readily available this time of year, it’s the perfect season to try your hand in the kitchen! Try one of our favorites, asparagus basil salad.This salad is light and refreshing, perfect on a summer day.
1 lb asparagus, halved
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 ripe avocado
1 cup sliced basil leaves
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Steam asparagus for 5-7 minutes until fork tender. Combine asparagus, tomatoes, avocado and basil in a large bowl. Stir in olive oil, lemon juice and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!