The farm-to-table movement is the current trend in the nutrition world. Farm-to-table refers to food that is locally and sustainably sourced. The movement brings us back to the basics and encourages us to enjoy fresh, simple foods. Wholesome food is paramount in developing healthy eating habits. Learning how to grow, harvest and prepare seasonal foods bridges The Organic Teaching Kitchen’s philosophy, building a healthy eating foundation.

Last winter, landscape designer Myra Marsocci, owner of Shades of Green, planted The Organic Teaching Garden at The Organic Teaching Kitchen. People will naturally become more interested in their food when they play an integral role in the process of bringing the food to the table. Freshly picked produce has more flavor and tastes sweeter, which encourages you to swap out processed fast food for local unaltered food.

The August hot sun produces tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash. If you are in the Croton area, stop by to check out The Organic Teaching Garden’s raised vegetable beds, they are brimming with buds. Or try a class where you can experience a “hands-on” experience that focus on cooking with freshly harvested seasonal food from the garden.

Enjoy summers bounty with this garden-to-table recipe.

Tomato Cucumber Herb Salad


  • 3 large tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ medium red onion
  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, diced
  • 1 tablespoons fresh garlic chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • S/P to taste


Place ingredients in a large bowl, marinade in bowl, and enjoy


Susan ChasenSusan Chasen is a Certified Nutrition & Health Coach. She is the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen. Susan offers nutrition and health coaching, nutrition workshops and “hands-on-cooking” classes to adults, teens and kids.

Other services include corporate Workplace Wellness Programs, School and Library Programs, a 21-DAY Clean Eating Cleanse, Kid & Teens Group Cooking Classes, Birthday Parties, Girl Scout programs & Wellness Events.

Check out for class and workshop schedule. The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. For more info, contact Susan at [email protected] or 914-582-9574. Call Susan for a complimentary consult.