2019 Newsletter 15- The Easter Bunny is laying eggs all over the greenhouse!

2019 Newsletter 15- The Easter Bunny is laying eggs all over the greenhouse!

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My wife and I had the chance to see the movie, “I Can Only Imagine”. We highly recommend you go see it. The movie speaks to several themes including compassion and integrity. It also touches on the power of forgiveness in a person’s life.
I am not afraid to admit that I cried as I watched it. 
The movie brought back memories that I try to keep hidden of my Dad’s death when I was only 23 months old. He died a horrible death as a tractor tipped over on him and he was pinned for three hours before he was found. To this day, the hurt is still raw as I struggle to remember the feel of a hug from my Dad.
The movie also talked a little about miracles and guardian angels. If you are a regular reader of my weekly notes, you will recall that I have mentioned the importance of faith and the role that belief in both miracles and angels has had on my life. I believe both played a role in preventing a second tractor tragedy from occurring during my journey to grow great plants.
Back in the beginning, I was alone (as most farmers are) and Carol was working for the State of Wisconsin to pay the bills. We had a small, four-wheel drive tractor that I would drive along our barbed wire fence to check for breaks. The terrain was steep and rough. I was close to the fence and did not see that leaves had covered a huge hole. The front right tire of the tractor dipped into the hole. As the tractor tipped over, I was trapped between the fence and the tractor. 
The tractor was still running and had me pinned up against the wire, biting into my skin while also feeling the crushing force, as the fence would not give. 
To this day, I do not know how the tractor stopped and I managed to tip it back up on my own. I drove back to the house as calmly as possible. At first, I did not tell Carol. I even tried to go to bed as normal as possible, but was in a lot of pain. Now, many of you know you can’t keep something from your wife. I still remember the look on her face as she saw all of the scaring and scratches on my back! Yet, in the nicest way possible she asked, “What did you do?” I shared the whole story with her.
We both were grateful my guardian angel was watching over me that day. These are the moments that build my personal faith. May God bless you all.  
We are looking forward to seeing all the area children this Saturday, April 20th for our Community Egg Hunt. Stop on in and say hello!
Signing off until next week,  
Ed
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Saturday April 20
COMMUNITY EGG HUNT
What do you get when you dump Easter eggs on a hill?
A spring roll.
“What kind of bean never grows in a garden?”
A jelly bean.
Easter Frittata
Egg dishes are wonderful for Easter brunch! This lighter frittata has a creamy texture from fat-free half-and-half to save your waistline.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced smoked ham
  • 2 cups shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
Directions:
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Fill a medium bowl with ice water.
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and blanch for 3 minutes, or until just tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove the asparagus from the boiling water and immediately transfer to the ice water. Once the asparagus is cool, drain and set aside.
  3. In a blender, combine the egg whites, whole eggs, fat-free half-and-half, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth. Stir in the shredded Gruyère.
4. In a nonstick, oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great) over medium, heat the oil. Add the shallots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft.
5. Add the ham, asparagus and the blended egg mixture. Stir for 1 minute, or until the egg just starts to set up.
6. Sprinkle the shredded potatoes over the top and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bake for 5 minutes on the oven’s center rack, or until the eggs are set.
7. Increase the oven to broil and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until the potatoes are crisp and lightly browned.

 

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