2019 Newsletter 16- Go short tree, it’s your Earth day.

2019 Newsletter 16- Go short tree, it’s your Earth day.

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Our wonderful daughter, Jennifer, is a very special lady. Now, I know EVERY parent feels their child is amazing and unique. But still, I am convinced that Jennifer has a certain gift of being there at the right moment in time. I’m certain she wouldn’t mind if I share a few stories with you.
One night in 1984, I had been working in the barn on equipment and came back to the house later than usual. Carol and Jennifer were already in bed, so I sat down to watch some TV. Jennifer was in grade school at this time. Her bedroom looked directly out to the barn. I heard the pounding of her feet as she ran down stairs and screamed, “The barn is on fire!”
I jumped up from my chair and tried to call for help on the phone, but the line was already down. Instead, I ran to the car and drove to the neighbors to get help. The Fire Marshal found what caused the fire, but we lost most of our machinery that night.
As with all things in life, there are many circumstances that just seem beyond our control. Jennifer knows that doesn’t mean you just stop or give up. She learned at a very young age just how important hard work is to your success in life. As a teenager, Jennifer knew the greenhouse was a 24/7 job. She had a sense of responsibility toward the day-to-day tasks that aren’t always fun, but are often times necessary.
As Carol and I traveled to the different shows and meetings, we knew the greenhouse was in her capable hands while we were gone. On one such trip, the temperature dropped dramatically. To add insult to injury, the furnaces stopped working, causing the alarms to go off. Jennifer didn’t falter. She called the heating and cooling vendor we used and then grabbed the portable heaters until things got back to normal. She went back and forth, checking on the progress of the vendor and ensuring the portable heaters were operating. In the end, we had no crop loss. She handled it all.
I have many more stories of when Jennifer saved the day. I’ll share a few more next week. Until then- Signing off until next week,  
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Cucumber Tomato Salad
Any type of cucumber is fine for this tomato salad. Red, yellow, or orange bell peppers work just as well as green bell peppers and add a great burst of color. I like to use cherry tomatoes, but dicedm ripe tomatoes are also a good choice. It can also be made Greek style by adding olives and feta cheese.
  • 3 cups sliced medium cucumbers 
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
1. Place the cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper and herbs in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and oregano.
3. Pour the dressing over the vegetables. Toss gently to coat. 


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