Oh what a weekend here in the luscious Napa Valley.
Not everyone, especially locals such as myself, can’t afford to hop for tony winery to tony winery tasting wine. The valley is more than that. Part of the strong lifestyle attraction is vegetable and cut flowering gardening. With our perfect Mediterranean climate there is a cornucopia of avid gardeners. And that is how I spent my weekend.
Who wouldn’t want to spend their time getting there hands dirty and working up a slight sweat while basking in the sunshine?
One of my favorite places for buying vegetable sets is at Big Ranch Farms — where they sell locally grown produce and nursery plants. They must have a zillion kinds of heirloom tomatoes, a plethora of peppers, aromatic herbs and the list goes on. Every time I go there, I spend too much money and my heads starts spinning and a big smile fills my insides. I was very disciplined this time, I only spent $18 — which got me a cinnamon and Tai basil, Italian parsley, a cantaloupe and a Japanese eggplant.
Check out some of the photos I managed to catch this past weekend.