Edible baskets at Faddegon's Nursery

Faddegons edible baskets

Greens -- the gift that keeps on giving.

By Amy Brozio-Andrews

OK, here's a great gift idea that "keeps on giving." In lieu of flowers, you might want to bring a friend a basket of edible salad greens. I found these at Faddegon's Nursery in Latham.

They're pretty, they're yummy and they're good for you!

What's in them?

Well, each one is a little bit different. And there's no list of what you're getting, so if you're not an expert in greens, you've got to be a little adventurous.

The folks at Faddegon's say there's all kinds of good stuff in them: different varieties of lettuces --leafy and romaine, spinach, mesclun, chicory, arugula and escarole are just some of the seeds they use. You might even find a tomato or two. Basically they just throw in a lot of random seed and mix it up a bit. But the result is a pretty, edible basket that will last for about a month.

Faddegons lettuce basket

The baskets come in a big dish planter and they sell for $19.98. They'd make a nice gift for the culinary minded and are a good substitute for flowers. Hey, if you don't have room for a garden, they could be fun for your own kitchen counter.

Here are a few tips from Faddegon's for getting the most out of their edible baskets:

Keep them cool
They do need some sun, but don't put them in direct sunlight
Keep them evenly moist
Use them! If you keep cutting them you'll get more and more and more .. if you don't use
them they'll grow a flower and you won't get anymore greens.

Find It

Faddegon's Nursery

1140 Troy-Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY 12110

(518) 785-6726


How much "mileage" can you get out of one of those? If it lasts for a long time I might get one so wouldn't have to buy those mixes that get really slimy.

I love this idea... I have finally gotten my husband to bypass the last minute Price Chopper anniversary roses to long-lasting perennials, but I love this idea.

Do you know if they had any herb mixes too?

This is actually one of the best gift ideas I've seen in ages!

These are beautiful! When I saw this post, I went up and bought one for an anniversary gift and one for myself! I am looking forward to making myself a nice fresh salad tonight. I also have to say that everything at Faddegon's is amazing. This was the first time that I had been, and I wandered around for almost two hours oooh'ing and aaah'ing at various tress, flowers and plants. The staff were delightful, and I will be sure to go back whenever I need any garden supplies. Thanks for the heads up!

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