I love the fresh herbs from Zackyâ€™s Farm in Tagaytay. I am always thrilled to round the corner in the chilled produce section at the Rustanâ€™s Grocery Rockwell and find that Zackyâ€™s has had a recent delivery of herbs. Thatâ€™s usually the case before the weekend. Small portions of herbs are neatly packed in sealed plastic bags and priced from about PHP30 to 60 per packet. You can sometimes get dill, basil, oregano, chives, mint, tarragon, wansoy, Italian parsley, jalapeno peppers, cherry tomatoes, etc. I first started buying from this farm many years ago when they took a stall at the then makeshift market beside the proposed site of the Market!Market! Mall in Fort Bonifacio Taguig. At that time, the table was manned by a very amiable fellow who used to make sure I would get first dibs on any herbs he had that day. Better yet, he would let me order herbs a week in advance, almost certainly ensuring I would have whatever I needed the following weekend, a rare certainty in Manila at the time.
It was a small operation then and they carried just a few items but I religiously purchased 3x more herbs than I needed every time I shopped there just to help them out and encourage them to plant more. Once the Market!Market! Mall opened, they lost their space and they used to sell some of their stuff at one of the vendors in the vegetable section but supply was erratic at best. Then they thankfully got some shelf space at Rustanâ€™s Rockwell and I am grateful every time I see their stuff. It is always fresh, reasonably priced and just the stuff I need. In the past two weeks, I have loaded up on basil, dill, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley and rosemary. Soon after I started this blog, a mutual acquaintance sent me the cell number of the owner of Zackyâ€™s but I never got around to calling or featuring them at the time. However, I am one of their best customers and highly recommend this source to anyone who cooks with fresh herbsâ€¦