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4 Gift basket ideas from the garden

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With summer veggies in full production, now is the perfect time to give some homegrown gifts from the garden. Here are 4 gift basket ideas.

With summer veggies in full production, now is the perfect time to give some homegrown gifts from the garden. Here are 4 gift basket ideas.

Gift basket from the garden


With summer veggies in full production, now is the perfect time to give some homegrown gifts from the garden. Here are 4 gift basket ideas.

Summer entertaining is in full swing. If you're invited to an outdoor garden party or backyard bash, consider bringing the hostess with the mostess a gardening goodie basket she'll be thrilled to receive. An avid foodie or budding chef is guaranteed to appreciate a basket of fresh, homegrown veggies as a birthday gift. Not celebrating anything in particular this summer? Consider surprising a neighbor or coworker with a basket of your summer bounty. An unexpected gift like this is sure to earn you extra brownie points.

First, start with a good, large basket or picnic basket that will best display your delicious veggies. Use decorative straw on the bottom to provide some extra cushion to protect the vegetables. Vintage napkins or placemats would make a lovely decorative liner that's also functional. Place the larger, heavier fruits and vegetables on the bottom and place the lighter ones on top. Add any additional items like condiments, plates, and wine around the perimeter of the basket. Tip: it might be easier to start by placing the larger bottles in the back of the basket before arranging the produce in front. Top it off with a decorative bow and it's good to go!

4 Gift basket ideas:

A basket of bruschetta

Include tomatoes, onions, garlic, a bunch of basil,  and a bottle each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a loaf of crusty french bread.

Sizzling salsa

Print or write a copy of your favorite fresh Pico de Gallo salsa  recipe and include ingredients like: tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeño chillies, cilantro, and limes. Make it a fiesta by including a bag of tortilla chips and a bottle of homemade margarita mix.

Basil pesto with pizzazz

For a basic basil pesto, include 2-4 cups of basil leaves, garlic cloves, parmesan cheese, walnuts, and olive oil. Add a box of handmade pasta noodles or gnocchi and a bottle of wine.

Veggie pizza fixin's

Toppings can include an assortment of vegetables including: red, green, or yellow bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, broccoli, eggplant, or garlic. Herbs to include include basil, oregano, or thyme. Add a pre-made pizza crust and jar of sauce.

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