Newsletter 7 – April 16, 2009
“It is for us to make the effort.
The result is always in God’s
Last weekend we held our community Egg Hunt. What an
outstanding turnout! Over 400 children had a wonderful time gathering
eggs throughout our greenhouses. Even
though we had thousands of eggs, we still had to re-hide them about 15
times (the White House egg hunt has nothing on us)! Our own Deb Stevens
was the beloved pink ABF Easter Bunny, and she got so many hugs and
kisses, she couldn’t believe it.
Don’t miss our annual Spring
Open House this weekend. We’re serving complimentary
hotdogs and popcorn in our meeting room, to YOU, our loyalty customers
from 11-3 both days. This is always a fun time for all of us because we
get to do a little socializing with all of you and to us it’s a symbol that spring is FINALLY here!
The following weekend, April 25 & 26 is quite special
also. We’ll be giving away a FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase in
celebration of Arbor Day. On that Saturday we will have FREE activities
for kids, who are accompanied by an adult, from 10-2PM. See details
What did the hot
dog say to the relish?
me. Joke 1
The warmer temperatures and sunshine of the past few days
have done a lot to prepare your garden’s soil for planting.
Mid April is a good time to plant the cool weather crops, like
radish, lettuce, carrots, spinach, beets, peas, onion and potatoes.
Cole crops, like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kohlrabi, can
also be planted now. Many
of these crops can be planted at two week intervals to extend your
harvest. It’s also a good
time to plant asparagus, strawberries, and raspberries.
So stop out today and let us help you get started.
You can have your own fresh produce right outside your door.
How does planting
onion sets in with your potatoes save you time?
The onions make the
potato’s eyes water, so you don’t have to ! joke 2
Warm Weather Crops
No discussion about early vegetable gardening would be
complete without talking about the warm weather crops that you can grow
yourself from seed. Although April has been cool so far, it is time for
you to plant tomato and pepper seeds inside.
We have everything you need to get started.
Seeds planted in the next two weeks will be ready to put in the
ground by the end of May. Perfect
timing for our northern climate, and a great family project. Come on out today and choose from our large selection.
When you bite into that first tomato, grown with your own hands
from seed, you’ll be so glad you did.
Did you hear about
the popcorn that joined the army?
They made him a
kernel. joke 3
Baker Creek Heirloom
America’s Best is featuring a new line of heirloom
vegetable seeds this year. The
beautiful black packages of Baker Creek Seeds really show off the
gorgeous pictures of the produce.
Be sure to stop by the rack and pick up a few packs to grow
We had these seeds with us at the Garden Expo, and one
variety that was very well received was the Ground Cherry – Strawberry
Husk Tomatoes. Grown like regular tomatoes, these plants produce huge
yields of tart-sweet berries that are excellent for pies, jams and
preserves. They are also
delicious fresh. The fruit
grows inside a paper-like husk.
Chioggia Beets is another variety available from Baker Creek.
This Italian heirloom beet, named for a town in Italy, has light
red skin and beautiful rings inside, like red and white candy stripes.
The flesh is very tender, mild and sweet.
If you enjoy the incredible flavor of homegrown beets, this is a
‘must try’ variety for you.
What do you get when you
cross popcorn with ice cream?
A Popsicle joke 4
House – We invite our loyalty members for FREE hot dogs and
popcorn from 11-3.
April 25 Earth
Day Celebration – FREE CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES 10-2 PM. Bring a
white T-shirt to paint, make seed balls and create a peanut butter bagel
If your child has a
peanut allergy, you will want to avoid this activity.
Arbor Day - Receive a
FREE Black Hills Spruce with purchase.
While supplies last. Limit
1 per family.
Your all-time favorite event kicks off Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3,
from 10-4 each day. If you’ve never attended, you might want to
consider that we provide FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE and clean up the mess!
All you do is choose a variety of plants from our large
inventory of annuals and perennials, pick out a pot (or bring in your
own) and create a beautiful, mind-boggling creation for your porch, deck
or patio. Many people use these workshops to plant all the containers
they will need for the season. No
registration is required, but if you will need a lot of assistance, you
might want to come in the morning, before it gets too busy. Sharon,
Barb, Chris, Cathy, and Marilyn will give you unique ideas to
personalize your containers. This
is truly an event you won’t want to miss!
May 2 It’s that
time of year again. We’ll be celebrating Cinco
de Mayo on Saturday, May 2nd this year and serving our
customary complimentary salsa and chips from 11-2 that day, while you shop
to a Latin beat!
HURRY !!! Enter our Salsa Recipe
Contest by April 26 and you could win the first prize of a $50 gift card
or one of two honorable mention winners of a $10 gift card to Americas
Best Flowers. Email your favorite salsa recipe to email@example.com.
Please put ‘Recipe for Bonnie’ in the subject line. You can also
drop it off at our main greenhouse in Cottage Grove. All entries must be
submitted by April 25. Our
staff will judge the finalist recipes and we will notify the winner on
May 1st. Winning recipes will be available to our customers
on Salsa Saturday, May 2nd.
May 5 & 7
Special Mother’s Day
activities on Tuesday and Thursday, 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!
What do you call
bad popcorn jokes?
Corny! joke 5
usually am not crazy about scones, but these are really good. From
“Mad About Food”, the Junior League of Madison.
c plus 1 T all purpose flour
c sifted cake flour
t baking powder
t baking soda
T chilled butter, cut into pieces
c fresh blueberries
t grated lemon rind
c vanilla nonfat yogurt
c raspberry preserves
oven to 450 degrees.
a large bowl, combine 1 c flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder and
soda, and salt.
in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles
coarse meal. Place blueberries in a small bowl and coat with 1 T of
flour. Add blueberries and lemon rind to flour mixture; toss well. Add
yogurt, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened (dough will be
hands with cooking spray and turn dough onto a lightly floured surface,
knead 4 or 5 minutes. Pat dough into an 8” circle on a baking sheet
coated with cooking spray. Cut dough into 8-12 wedges, cutting into but
not through. Sprinkle 2 t of sugar over the dough. Bake 12 minutes or
raspberry butter, mix the butter until creamy, add raspberry preserves
and blend well. Chill until ready to serve, Serve with warm scones.
came across the following website and thought you might like to have it,
too. It has great
information on the best way to keep food fresh, as well as explanations
regarding sell buy and use by dates. www.stilltasty.com
was upset when his steak arrived too rare.
he shouted, ‘Didn’t you hear me say, ‘well done’?”
thank you, sir,” replied the waiter.
“I hardly ever get a compliment.” joke 6
SEE YOU SOON!!!
the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless