Borage – This familiar garden herb (Borago officnialis) has furry leaves and exquisite blue, star-shaped flowers. Both have a cooling taste reminiscent of cucumber. Try some of the flowers in a summer lemonade or sorbet – or a gin & tonic! They work particularly well as garnishes for gazpacho, cheese plates, or just sprinkled over salads.
Goldmarie Pole Bean - This heirloom is my favorite bean in the garden. It is consistently the first to produce beans, by several weeks, no matter what part of the garden I put them in. The beans are tasty fresh and cooked. The best. I originally bought them from Territorial (not at this link, I was just looking for a photo) but they stopped carrying them, so I've been seed saving them, successfully. You can find them through other suppliers (or from me if you ask nice).