Newsletter 5 – April 2, 2009
“An open mind, an open hand and an
Will find everywhere an open door.”
Yesterday morning the sign at our entrance was officially
turned for the first time in 2009.
What a feeling of exuberance for us!
We have worked so hard getting ready. Weeks
of planting, watering, cleaning, organizing, stocking, planning and
waiting have finally passed, bringing us to our favorite time of the
year. Coming in with cool
temperatures and brisk winds, April is here, and with it the beginning
of the gardening season. Hallelujah!
We invite you to come out this weekend, April 4 and 5, for
our annual SNEAK PEEK weekend. It’s
a great time to come out and take a look at what this season has to
offer. We guarantee you
will be greeted by smiling faces, thousands of them.
Pansy blossoms are popping open everywhere.
And with names like Blueberry Thrill, Bright Tapestry mix,
Lavender Blue shades, along with the traditional blues, yellows, whites,
and mixes, you will be sure to find the perfect colors for your gardens
While you’re here, you can pick up blooming plants for your
spring celebrations. Easter
lilies, daffodils, tulips, hydrangeas, and violets will bring spring to
life. Stop out this weekend for the best selection.
He who plants a
garden plants happiness. Joke 1
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tax base which helps support schools, parks, police and fire services. When
a dollar is spent at a locally owned business, it circulates within the
community as many as three times. Additionally, buying locally feels
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A good year is
determined by the spring. joke 2
A new line of seeds has just arrived from Thompson &
Morgan that you’re sure to love, called “The Taste of Italy.”
Specially chosen to grow well in North America, the varieties
offer something ‘new under the sun’ for you to try. Be sure to take
the time to read the back of the packages for some excellent recipe
ideas for each variety.
The Pomodoro is a
typical Italian variety of tomato with large, flattened round, ribbed
fruits. When ready to eat, the ripe red fruits show a greener unripe
crown. Flavor is superb sliced in a mixed salad, or in cooking.
Serving suggestion: Fried
tomato fritters with bacon. Fry bacon till crisp, break into pieces.
Blend with sliced tomatoes, flour, cornflakes, cider vinegar and corn
oil. Shape into rounds and fry until golden brown.
An open door invites callers.
Peek Weekend – Take a look at the new season’s offerings and
pick up a lovely blooming plant for your Easter table.
Egg Hunt 10 AM Join the Easter Bunny and our staff for this
‘Sweet’ event! Rain or Shine!
- Children 6 and under,
Sunday we will be closed to allow our associates to spend time with
House – We invite our loyalty members for FREE hot dogs and
popcorn from 11-3.
Day Celebration – FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 10-2 PM. Bring a
white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls and more!
Day - Receive a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase. While supplies last. Limit
1 per family.
for other spring events, including Container
The first Saturday in May is our annual “SALSA
SATURDAY,” when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Latin
music, free samples of chips and salsa, and you can even plant a salsa
container that weekend at our workshop. Win a $50 gift certificate for
the best salsa in our Salsa Recipe Contest.
Special Mother’s Day
activities, on Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 & 7 at 6:30 pm.
You can plant up a beautiful ceramic herb or flowering pot or a
Topsy Turvy tomato planter for mom.
We will have free classes on vegetable and perennial gardening continuing
throughout the season, along with our Make
and Take Workshops.
We also promise many exciting surprises. Our goal is to hold
events that are interesting and helpful to our customers. Remember to
give us your input. We’re listening!
‘Let the beauty
we love be what we do.’ Rami joke 4
Let Your Lilies Bloom
We are often asked if Easter lilies can be planted outside
after they are done blooming. I
found really good information on how to do this at the following
Gardeners know the
best dirt.joke 5
about your Easter, Passover, or Spring celebration? Here are some easy
recipes from a cookbook I love, Wisconsin
Country Gourmet ,Seasonal Recipes, Ethnic and Holiday Menus by
Marge Snyder & Suzanne Breckenridge
super accompaniment to ham.
small red potatoes, halved, unpeeled
pound fresh asparagus, sliced in 1 ½”- 2” lengths
carrots, thinly sliced
6 T red wine vinegar
1 T sugar
cup minced fresh parsley
t dried basil (I use 1 T fresh)
cloves garlic, minced
and freshly ground pepper
T minced shallots or scallions
Cook potatoes in salted water 15-20 minutes or
until just tender: drain and set aside. Steam asparagus until barely
tender, 1-2 minutes. Cook carrots 5 minutes, until just tender, drain
and set aside. Place all vegetables in a large bowl and chill.
In a blender, combine oil, vinegar, sugar,
parsley, basil and garlic; whirl until smooth. Taste and add salt and
pepper if needed. Cover and chill. Serve cold or at room temperature on
a bed of lettuce. Serves 4-6
Ham with Ginger-Brandy Sauce
fully cooked semi-boneless smoked ham (about 6 pounds)
zest of 1 orange
cup fresh orange juice
½ cup brandy
3 T currant jelly
T dry mustard
t ground ginger
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Remove rind from
ham; score fat on top of ham in diamond pattern; insert cloves in center
of each diamond. Sprinkle ham with orange zest and pour orange juice
into pan. Bake in center of oven for 45 minutes, basting frequently,
Combine brandy, currant jelly, honey, dry mustard and ginger in blender.
Blend at low speed until mixture is smooth. Spoon glaze over ham and
continue baking until ham is deep brown, basting frequently, about 45
minutes. Let ham stand 10 minutes before carving. Serve with assorted
mustards. Serves 10-12
If a man opens the
door of his car for his wife, you can be sure of one thing.
Either the car is
new or the wife. joke
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless