An interview with an urban gardener for July #letseatseasonalandlocal series.

Fresh fennel from my local market

Fresh fennel from my local market

It hasn’t been long since I started #letseatseasonalandlocal series and the response so far has been incredible. Its amazing to read and see people’s stories and love for seasonal and local produce. Many of them even grown their own produce which is so inspiring. I also, recently started growing some herbs and some vegetables in pots and I have to say, its such a wonderful feeling when you can harvest fresh fruits and vegetables. I was over the moon when I harvested 4 strawberries from my strawberry plant I bought earlier in the summer! So, today’s feature is about someone who is passionate about home grown produce and eating chemical-free and organic food.

Nayana from @my_endless_appetite caught my attention with her active participation in #letseatseasonalandlocal series. But it wasn’t just that, what was more exciting, was her love for home grown produce! Curious me wanted to know more and so I contacted her and here I am with her story.


  • A little about her

Nayana lives in Pune, a historical city in the Western part of India with her husband. She works as an IT professional and is also a photography enthusiast and an urban gardener. Even though she works full time, she makes sure she has time for her hobbies as for her it’s a way to de-stress and refresh. Her main motivation and encouragement comes from her husband who also, is a keen gardener. She regularly shares her kitchen and garden stories on Instagram and she has some wonderful information, do check out her page.

  • Why she supports seasonal and local?

She grew up in Kerala where her family used to grow quite a few vegetables. Her family was pretty much self sufficient when it came to vegetables and fruits. Growing their own food meant, they ate seasonally, healthy, delicious and chemical free produce all the time. That’s what motivated her to grow her own food! She started with tomatoes last year and now she has chillies, beans, cucumbers, cabbages, figs, watermelon, basil and fenugreek in her garden and she is not stopping there! How impressive is that! Rest of the vegetables and fruits she gets from her weekly farmer’s market. She wants to encourage people to at least attempt growing a vegetable or fruit and experience the joy of seasonal and chemical free produce!

Indian Blackberry! #Blackjamun . Maharashtra is a major jamun producer in India and you can get basket full of fresh and best variety of Jamuns from Farm via direct "Farm to home" market. . Usually we have it with pinch of salt as can't wait until we prepare something out of it. They are extremely juicy tangy and sweet 😍 So Tempting 😋 . This time, as I got so many, rather than going with normal Jamun recipes, thought of trying something new 😋 . 🥣 onmytable : Custard Blackjamun Tart . A small local addition to the normal tart recipe 😍 . . ~ This is my entry to @creativelysquared 's theme of the week 'Farm to Table' #cs_farmtotable, mentored by Aimee @twiggstudios, who create beautiful mood in her capture 💕 . . ~ Sharing this with Krati's @simpleandsustainable series #letseatseasonalandlocal. Guys check out this initiative. Promote having local and fresh food 🥘 #eatfresh #healthyandTasty . . ~Also contributing to the #Homemadefoodfusion challenge hosted by Monica Hey Monica, I name it "Blackalicious Tart" 😎 Though it is purple in colour💜 Further tagging : @sonyscaptures @gastronomicbong @thedermafoodologist @la.lemongrass to contribute 🥰 . . 🎥Picture Details: 📸 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 with : fujifilmxt20 Handheld Light : Natural Light Lens: Fujifilim XC 50 x 230mm ISO-500 SS-1/8sec f-5.4 113mm Shot just before freezing 😍 . . . . 📝𝗘𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗺𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲!!! 👁🥘🥞 . 💕Keep Following @my_endless_appetite . -With 💞 9a . . . . #darkfoodphotography #darktablemood #darkfoodwednesday #foodiescorner #KSgram #foodvisitation #thecookfeed #foodgasm #thesupperclubmag #betterbutter #punefoodstation #realtoi #thefeedfeed #huffposttaste #foodie_features #foodoftheday #raw_kitchen #hautecuisines #eatcaptureshare #foodfluffer #belightinspired #foodphotography #theuncommonbox #goodlifeoclock @photofoodmagazine @plattershare @hautescuisines @beautifulcuisines @world_photography_page @bbcgoodfoodindia @bbcgoodfood @food.features.ig @fbci_official @thefeedfeed @yesindia @goodfoodindia @goodfoodinindia @indianfoodgallery @theuncommonbox @thehub_food

  • What is growing in her garden in July and her market finds for this month?

Chillies, cow peas and bitter gourd are ready to be harvested in her garden and she is really looking forward to making some traditional recipes especially with cow peas as that reconnects her with her childhood. She also found some local corn, plums and peaches at her local market and she will be exploring new cuisines with this wonderful produce!

Plant your happiness 🍀 #gogreen . . Yes, you can grow your own cabbage in your balcony 🥬 . . ~ Green from my Garden is submitting to @creativelysquared 's theme of the week 'Farm to Table' #cs_farmtotable, mentor Aimee @twiggstudios, . . ~ To promote having healthy home grown fruits and vegetables, sharing this with Krati's @simpleandsustainable series #letseatseasonalandlocal. . . ✔️Steps to grow 🍀 #cabbage in #balconygarden . ▶️ Swipe ⏩⏩⏩ . . . #healthbenefits ▶️ It's a full pack of nutrients ▶️ It is loaded with vitamins and minerals. ▶️ Yes it have more vitamin C than orange. ▶️ Contains insoluble fibber helps in digestion. ▶️ Lower BP and cholesterol. ▶️ Rich in Vitamin K as well. . . . . 🎥Picture Details: 📸 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 with : fujifilmxt20 Handheld Light : Golden hour Light Lens: Fujifilim XC 50 x 230 mm ISO-500 SS-1/180sec f-4.5 50mm . . . 💕Keep Following @my_endless_appetite . . #garden #vegetablegarden #gardeningtime #gardeningisfun #gardening_feature #gardeningtips #gardeningfun #obsessedwithgardening #canthinkofanythingelse #urbangarden #ediblegarden #homegrown #growyourownfood #growyourownveggies #kitchengarden #gardening #gardeningisfun #lovegardening #happygardeninglife #organicgardening #growsomethinggreen #growwhatyoueat #urbanorganicgardener #thehappygardeninglife #punefoodblogger @ediblegarden @gardninthekitchen @love__gardening@gardenersworkshopfarm @eastbrook_vegetable_farms @fujixseries @photographical.soul @bd_pro @fujifilmxindia @india_lens @kerala360 @city_lights_kerala_ @real.taste.of.india

Thank you Nayana for your valuable time, your wonderful story and lovely photographs! I hope you will continue educating and inspiring us all with your urban gardening adventures and valuable tips.

If you would like to be featured, show me your seasonal produce, where you buy it from and how you use it. Whether you are on Facebook or Instagram, just tag me @simpleandsustainable and use the hashtag #letseatseasonalandlocal. I am keen to hear your stories and lets encourage everyone to support buying locally and eating seasonally!