Toka Plums in the Heartland Harvest Garden



On the second Saturday of each month, drop into Fresh Bites in the Heartland Harvest Garden (under the eave of the Missouri Barn) for a short cooking demonstration with Barb the Gardener. Each month reflects a different theme related to what’s growing. Gather ideas and inspiration for integrating seasonal produce and herbs onto your plate at home. Free with garden admission.

Barb is a fantastic cook, and many of her sessions focus on cooking with ingredients grown in the Heartland Harvest Garden—the nation's largest edible landscape. See some of Barb's favorite recipes

Fresh Bites takes place in the open-air Missouri Barn at 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on second Saturdays from May through September. 


Join us for Fresh Bites 2017!

May 13  Riots of Color: Salads and Dressing in the Garden

June 10  Summer’s First Fruit—Strawberries!

July 8  Herbs to Know and Grow

August 12  The Wonderful World of Tomatoes

September 9  Off the Beaten Path: Pawpaw, Figs, Jujube, Persimmon and Jerusalem Artichokes







Meet Your Instructor

Barbara Fetchenhier (pictured to the left) has a passion for growing edibles of all types. As the Heartland Harvest Garden Interpreter, she gets to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with guests. Drop by one of Barbara's Fresh Bites sessions. Even the most frustrated gardener will gain new excitement for growing edibles after spending time with her!

Barbara, who has been with the Gardens for more than 20 years, was previously the fruits and nuts gardener in the Heartland Harvest Garden. She and her husband Jeff run the 20-acre Fetchen' Honey Farm, which produces eggs, honey, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. Barbara is a Johnson County, Missouri, Master Gardener. Her spectacular farm was featured on the group's Garden Tour in 2012.