Now that farmers market season is kicking into high gear, we all know how crowded it is and how difficult it can be to strike up a lengthy conversation with that friendly face at the Verdant Kitchen booth. Have you ever wondered what THEY recommend you do to use your recently purchased ginger treat? How about if they have ever participated in the making of your recently purchased goods? Well, have no fear y'all! I am here to help you learn the insider information on your local Verdant Kitchen vendor! So first up, we have Megan Smith:
Megan can be found (wo)manning the booth at the ever popular Forsyth Farmers Market in Savannah, GA. She has a lot of passion for the local food (and drink!) industries. Megan interned at the Six & Twenty Distillery in Greenville, SC and is looking forward to spending time volunteering at Service Brewing in Savannah.
Megan is a fan of the entire range of Verdant Kitchen products, but has really enjoyed experimenting with making ginger syrup based cocktails. (We hear ya, girl!) She has sent me tons of drink ideas including a Portlandia worthy beets/ginger/cranberry cocktail and this fabulous ginger margarita concoction below.
Megan's background just so happens to be in Chemistry. She received an MS in Environmental Chemistry from Clemson University and has been recently helping us with our Quality Control and documentation down at the ginger farm and factory. We are very lucky to have not one, but two chemists on team to make sure we are producing in a safe and sustainable manner (the other chemist being Verdant Kitchen co-owner, Ross Harding)!
Megan is a self proclaimed "farm lackey". She was a big help harvesting the 2013 crop and prepping the 2014 crop for planting. What y'all may not know is that harvesting ginger is often a very wet and cold job since we pull our ginger in the coldest months. So next time you crunch into a Savannah Snap, think of the hard work put in by our farm team. Those folks deserve a big hug!
I am very excited to share the ginger margarita recipe that Megan has sent me! Methinks it'll make for some great pool sipping...
Megan's Spicy Gingerita
Over ice in a pint glass:
1 oz gold tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz ginger syrup
1 oz Cointreau/Grand Marnier
Garnish with a piece of Crystallized Ginger!