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Cedar Crest spices up

Dining team seeds new herb gardens for restaurants and farmers’ markets

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June 26th, 2014
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The Crest dining team continues its efforts to enhance the menus at its four on-campus restaurants. The Pompton Plains, N.J., Erickson Living community installed two raised garden beds to grow more than 20 varieties of fresh herbs—both annuals and perennials. 

“Initial response from chefs at Cedar Crest is that they’re very happy to have fresh herbs in their backyard to prepare their homemade recipes and signature dishes,” says Director of Dining Edward Wang. “And residents are delighted to have those fresh dishes on their menus.”

Ted Thiessen, the community’s master of gardening and landscaping, helped construct the two large beds. “Our biggest challenge will be keeping away the animals—both four-legged and two-legged,” he jokes. 

The herbs are also available at the community’s monthly farmers’ markets, which sell fresh produce, baked goods, and confections from local farmers and vendors through the fall.