There are so many different green colors this late in summer. If you’re lucky, you’ll still find snatches of bright orange and red. I didn’t tend garden this year and have lost most of my color to green weeds!

Here’s some great color in two of my fave pillows. Both photos began in the garden as plant and flower- hosta and rose. Proof positive that you don’t have to tend garden to enjoy a garden inside your home. (I realize one doesn’t usually show decorative pillows from the zippered side but I’m proud of the color- matched invisible zippers. This is difficult to do as the photo images wrap the pillows and colors change along the zipper path- making line-up tricky.) Stay in touch with Paola Pillows as we continue the march to market.

Another way to get your red and green is to cook with them.

Are you nuts about locally grown summer tomatoes that smell like real food? Alison Birks is a Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist, AND practices what she preaches with delicious and nutritious dishes. Here’s one for you to try.

Beet Salad with Fresh Local Tomatoes

Prepare ahead:

Steam until tender then cool:

2-3 large beets– peeled and sliced

Slice and chop:

1 med. sweet white onion, sliced into half-moons

2 large tomatoes– chopped

1 handful fresh basil, chopped

1 tsp. dried dill

1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients together, marinate for 1 hour and chill, and serve.

Thanks Alison!

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