2007 Newsletter Archive

Newsletter 7

Newsletter 7 (5 /03/2007 )

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Spring is full of regrowth.  Make a fresh start. A Dove dark chocolate wrapper


Fresh flowers.  Fresh air.  Fresh ideas.  Americas Best Flowers is filled with the freshness of spring.  We invite you to come on out and be inspired.


Gardening 2007 is off to a great start.  The warm weather of the last few days has triggered a green explosion inside and out.  Several truckloads of trees, shrubs and perennials have filled our outdoor benches to overflowing.  Come on out and let us help you choose the ones that are best for you.


I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.


Salsa Recipe Contest


We want to thank everyone who submitted recipes for our Salsa contest.  We are in the process of judging and will announce the winner this Friday, May 4.  The winning recipe will be available at our Salsa Saturday celebration this Saturday, May 5, at the farm.  Watch for future contests.  It is a great way to turn your favorite recipe into a shopping spree at Americas Best Flowers.  


Consciousness:  That annoying time between naps I.


This Saturday, May 5, in conjunction with Cinco de Mayo, we will be celebrating Salsa Saturday! Stop out and help yourself to complimentary salsa and tortilla chips while you shop to a Latin beat. We will also have free salsa recipes for you. 


Don’t miss our own Ed Knapton at 10:00 Saturday morning. He will be conducting an ABF Quick Class – Tomato Talk! Learn how to have an exceptional crop this year and get some answers to your tomato gardening questions.  And the piece de resistance – we will be giving out a FREE tomato plant with every purchase at the Cottage Grove location May 5-9.


We were overwhelmed with your interest in last weekends container workshops. Many of you tasted our herb breads, took home recipes, and planted herb containers.  Annual and perennial containers were also flying through the door—each one lovelier than the last. Our next container workshops are Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20 from 10-4PM.  In response to several requests for evening container workshops, we have scheduled two for Tuesday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 12 from 4-7PM.


If you want a custom planter done for you, our customer service department will be happy to help.  You can either come in and plant your own at our potting boutique with free assistance from our staff; for which there will be a nominal charge for soil in addition to the cost of the plants.  Or, if you want your container designed and planted by us, there will also be a labor charge added.



Next Week Get Ready for Mother’s Day with a


Make a Mother’s Day Basket Workshop  


On Tuesday, May 8 or Thursday, May 10 from 4-8 PM we will have another in our series of Make & Take workshops.  Plant up a beautiful basket, filled with your choice of pansies, dianthus or wax begonias, for a very special gift for Mom.


Check our website and newsletters for upcoming workshops and classes at  Americas Best Flowers.


Do you know what they call the guy who graduates last in his class at medical school?   Doctor.


Bonnie’s Kitchen


I love to make holiday-themed food and meals. A great resource for me is Food TV, and one of the presenters on that channel is a gentleman named Tyler Florence.  His recipes are consistently good AND they’re typically easy. I made these chicken enchiladas and they are very good.  His salsa fresca is the same as my recipe, and most likely many of you already use the same one, but I will be serving both of these on Saturday for Cinco de Mayo.


Salsa Fresca


4 ripe tomatoes, chopped

¼ red onion, chopped

1 jalapeno, minced (wear gloves)

8 cilantro sprigs, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

Juice of 1 lime

¼ c olive oil

½ t salt


Combine all ingredients and toss well. Let stand for 20 minutes before serving with your favorite chips.   2 cup yield


Chicken Enchiladas


Recipe from Tyler Florence of Food TV


Makes 16 enchiladas and 8 servings


3 T vegetable oil

1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper

2 t cumin powder

2 t garlic powder

1 t Mexican Spice Blend

1 red onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c frozen corn, thawed

5 canned whole green chiles, seeded and coarsely chopped

4 canned chipotle chiles, seeded and minced

1 (28 oz) can stewed tomatoes

½ t all purpose flour

16 corn tortillas

1 ½ c canned enchilada sauce

1 c Cheddar and Jack cheeses



Chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream, chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives.


Coat large sauté pan with oil.  Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Brown chicken over medium heat, allow 7 minutes each side or until no longer pink.  Sprinkle chicken with cumin, garlic powder and Mexican spices before turning.  Remove chicken to a platter, allow to cool.


Saute onion and garlic in chicken drippings until tender.  Add corn and chiles.  Stir well to combine.  Add canned tomatoes, sauté 1 minute.  Pull chicken breasts apart by hand into shredded strips. Add shredded chicken to sauté pan, combine with vegetables. Dust the mixture with flour to help set.


Microwave tortillas on high for 30 seconds.  This softens them and makes them more pliable.  Coat the bottom of 2 (13×9-inch) pans with a ladle of enchilada sauce.  Using a large shallow bowl, dip each tortilla in enchilada sauce to lightly coat.  Spoon ¼ c chicken mixture into each tortilla.  Fold over filling, place 8 enchiladas in each pan with seam side down.  Top with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.


Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese melts. Garnish with the items listed above, before serving.  Serve with Spanish rice and beans.




We were celebrating the 100th anniversary of our church, and several former pastors and the bishop were in attendance.  At one point, our minister had the children gather at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day.  He began by asking if any of the children knew what the bishop does.


There was silence.  Finally one little boy answered gravely – He is the one you can move diagonally.


May the Holy Spirit Guide You!  God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
President Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627

Also President of The Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin  http://www.cfgw.org/ an Organization that is a division of the six group Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) a 3 Billion dollar industry with over 4700 businesses and over 43,000 employees in Wisconsin
Senator Representing Wisconsin members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association – ANLA
Also Board member of Garden’s Beautiful Garden Centers
Also member of legislative of Committee of WGIF

Also Board Member of (WGIF) Wisconsin Green Industry Federation

Carol and Ed Knapton, owners of Americas's Best Flowers You’ll Love Your Garden … It’s Our Promise! May the Holy Spirit Guide You! God Bless
Edward Knapton says Keep on Smiling!
Sec – Treasurer Berry Hill Farms, Inc.
DBA Americas Best Flowers Garden Center
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
608-222-2269 Fax 608-222-1234 Cell 608-698-5627