Fresh, local, aromatic. These are three words that are used to describe the basil we grow at Paradise Hill Farm. From seed to fully mature, this 6 week growing cycle is done using the same passion and care that have made our tomatoes loved by you since the Fall of 2000. We are currently growing this basil year-round and have developed a custom LED lighting system with a full spectrum to mimic the sun. We use this lighting during the winter months to suppliment the natural sunlight of Southern Alberta. We harvest our basil with the roots still attached so that you can maintain its freshness at home right up to the time when you use it in your favourite recipe or tomato salad!

Our basil is something you have to personally see and smell in order to fully understand how fresh it is. Check for availability at your local Calgary Co-op or come visit our farm store to experience the freshness and aroma of the basil plant for yourself! Also availible in limited quantities and stores is our fresh cut basil. This is the same basil variety, quality, and freshness as our fresh basil plant, except without the roots and stems and in a convienient and ready to use 25 gram package. Just like our fresh basil plants, the cut basil packages also should not be refridgerated.

How to care for your fresh basil plant

  1. Do not refrigerate.
  2. To maintain freshness, remove plant from package and cut elastic then remove bag from the roots.
  3. Place in a tall water glass.
  4. Add non-treated water to the glass until it reaches the top of the slots in the net pot which holds the roots.
  5. Place in a lighted area in the kitchen and enjoy fresh basil as needed by picking the leaves from the stem.
  6. Remember - basil does not like cooler temperatures. So do not place it in a window sill or drafty area.