Building Community with Gifts from the Garden

Delicious garden recipes to share with friends.

As part of our New Year intentions, last January my partner and I made a commitment to foster community by hosting garden grown meals in our home throughout the year. Winter was a bit sparse, but we managed fresh squeezed juice from our fruit trees and some greens from the garden. Not enough to host a meal, but as with all good intentions, we're still working on it!  

I've been looking through OPL's collection of gardening and cookbooks to help with recipes and gardening tips. I've listed a few of my favorites to share with you. You don't need to have a garden to enjoy these recipes. You can use ingredients purchased from farmer's markets or the supermarket. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, your friends or your community, you're sure to find many delicious recipes between these pages.

The Chinese Kitchen Garden     Ground Breaking Food Gardens     Microgreens     Bountiful   

 The Gardener and the Grill     Third Thursday Potluck     Grow, Cook Eat     Backyard Harvest

The Chinese kitchen garden : growing techniques and family recipes from a classic cuisine / Wendy Kiang-Spray; with photography by Sarah Culver

Groundbreaking food gardens : 73 plans that will change the way you grow your garden / Niki Jabbour

Microgreens : how to grow nature's own superfood / Fionna Hill

Bountiful : recipes inspired by our garden / Todd Porter & Diane Cu

The gardener & the grill : the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill / Karen Adler & Judith Fertig

The Third Thursday community potluck cookbook : recipes and stories to celebrate the bounty of the moment / Nancy Vienneau

Grow cook eat : a food lover's guide to vegetable gardening, including 50 recipes, plus harvesting and storage tips / Willi Galloway ; photographs by Jim Henkens

Backyard harvest / Jo Whittingham

Looking for recipes to make drinks with fresh ingredients? Here are a few suggestions.

The Home Brewers Garden     Drink the Harvest     The Complete Juicer 

The homebrewer's garden : how to grow, prepare & use your own hops, malts & brewing herbs / by Joe Fisher & Dennis Fisher

Drink the harvest : making and preserving juices, wines, meads, teas, and ciders / Nan K. Chase, DeNeice C. Guest ; photographs by Johnny Autry

The complete juicer : a healthy guide to making delicious, nutritious juice and growing your own fruits and vegetables / Abigail R. Gehring



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