From Small Herb Plot to Table

mmherbFor area food providers who don’t have the space or time to farm a full-fledged kitchen garden, herb plots are emerging as an attractive way to localize their ingredient lists.

The Charleston RiverDogs last year installed a self-serve “taco herb” station: The trough of cilantro, parsley and other edible greens was so popular in its first season that the team this year added two more gardens. And Mellow Mushroom Avondale has just planted a collection of pizza-and-cocktail herbs in the Magnolia Community Park & Garden, the community’s first shared growing space.

According to a release from the restaurant, the aim is to “source almost all of their herbs” for the kitchen and bar, including experimental herbs that don’t yet appear on the menu.

Mellow Mushroom is planting a few vegetables alongside its herbs: Its first projected harvest includes cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, sweet basil, cilantro, oregano, lavender and Italian parsley. “The Mellow employees are excited to play in the dirt,” the release claims.

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