Asian Garden 2 Table is a small family run business owned and operated by Regine Zeng & Kent Norman, and our 4 young children Sophia, Amilia, Hurley, & Hunter. The idea behind this business was simple, encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle by growing & cooking their own fresh vegetables at home. This idea was born from Regine’s experience as an immigrant to America from China, and was brought into reality through this website, and our motto: Green in Garden, Fresh on Table.
Regine grew up in a rural farming community of Guangxi Province in Southern China, before going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the prestigious Fudan University in Shanghai. Her family ran several businesses in the community, and Regine gained a lot of experience in farming during her youth, often working with her parents cultivating their own farm.
I (Kent) grew up in a semi-rural area of mid-Hudson valley in New York State, before moving to Florida to attend college and becoming an engineer for a global automotive safety company. My family in NY ran a prominent local business for landscaping, gardening supplies and equipment, and Kent learned much about gardening while working with his father at the garden center and maintaining the family garden.
As fate would have it, both of us were employed at the same company, and began working together on a major project starting up a new facility in Zhejiang, China. During our time together we became great friends, and at the end of the project, Regine agreed to come back to America with me to become my wife. However, one of the biggest adjustments Regine had to make in coming to America was the poor selection of vegetables typically found in the supermarket. So much so, that in desperation she began growing vegetables in pots on the balcony of our condo, just to have something fresh. Then in 2011 as we began our family with the 1st of now 4 children, one of the biggest criteria Regine insisted on in searching for a home was a yard suitable for growing a vegetable garden.
That home garden many of you know well from the early Youtube videos Regine has produced, starting the garden, building the trellis structure, introducing the different vegetables and how to grow them. That garden still produces much of the vegetables we use in our daily meal preparations and has inspired many of you to begin your own gardens. Those early gardening videos, along with our viewer’s positive feedback and repeated question of “where can I get seeds for that” inspired Regine and I to investigate how to source, import, and sell the seeds here in America, and in 2015 Asian Garden 2 Table LLC was born.
Regine has since produced many more video tutorials for growing and stir frying your fresh harvest into tasty meals, as well as some entertaining videos of our family life. Thanks to all the support from our customers, in June of 2018 we were able to purchase a small 1-1/2 acre “farm” locally to expand our business. Here we continue honing our skills to produce gardening videos, and have video chronicled much of our work in turning that old horse farm into our new AG2T location. AG2T now offers over 200 varieties of uncommon vegetable seeds for sale on our website, as well as high-quality cast-iron woks and stainless-steel cooking utensils on our website and on Amazon. In the fall of 2020, we will expand into selling some vegetables and plant seedlings locally, and eventually plan to host gardening and cooking experiences for guest to come and share in our love for gardening and fresh food.
Thanks again for all your support!!!