Flea Market this Saturday!

Newsletter 27 – Thursday, August 21, 2014

Current Hours

Cottage Grove – open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat and Sun 9-6.

Edgerton – open Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30, Sat 8:30-5, Sun 9-4.

Lucy’s Story – Chapter 63

"She also got me this really heavy ball yesterday, but I haven’t seen it since."
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My mom and dad want me to eat healthy and I’m okay with that as long as it tastes YUMMY.  Are you with me on this?

The other day my mom put a weird something in my dish.  I’d never seen this stuff before.  First I did the look and sniff test.  Not yet willing to do the taste thing I just sat there and looked at it. 

My mom said, “Lucy, just give it a try, will ya? It tastes really good…I wouldn’t lie to you.” 

Yeah, right!  I’ve heard that before.

Then I thought to myself, “What’s going on here?  She usually puts my food in the dish and goes about her business, but not this time. She is just standing there watching me.  Hmmm, something’s up…I think I’ll just wait a bit longer and see what happens next.”

Wow!  You’re going to love this. 

Apparently, it was so important to my mom that I eat this stuff, she walked over to the fridge and got out my container of cooked hamburger and put a big spoonful of it over this new stuff.  Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ll eat just about anything if hamburger is in it, on it or under it. 

So, I went for it and man, was I surprised.  That new stuff actually tasted pretty good. 

In fact, I’d eat it without the hamburger, but, shhhh, don’t tell my mom that, okay?


P.S. Family picture update: 

Now my mom is talking about doing a Christmas card theme with the dummies.  When will all of this be over?

Our Beautiful Iris Bulbs are in … come and get them!

'Edith Wolford' Bearded Iris
‘Edith Wolford’ Bearded Iris
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What do Violet Turner, Yours Free, Harvest of Memories, Edith Wolford, Cloud Ballet and Sugar Blues have in common?  They are six of the bearded iris that just arrived here at America’s Best Flowers.  Mid August thru early September is the perfect time to plant, move and divide iris.  Several weeks of nice weather remain allowing the rhizomes time to develop the strong root systems they need to produce their big beautiful blossoms next May.  Supplies are limited so don’t delay.  A little time spent in your garden this fall will result in years and years of gorgeous flowers.


The deep and vibrant colors of our mums and pansies will give your deck, yard, and patio a burst of stunning color.  And since mums and pansies are hardy plants that survive cooler weather you’ll be enjoying them for months to come.  

What a great time to freshen up your yard or container garden with a variety of brilliant colors and just in time for your Labor Day get together!

It’s Flea Market Saturday!

Come on out this Saturday, between 8am – 3pm and find exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

Many flea market vendors are open to a little bartering.  So, if you see something you like, but don’t care for the price that is marked, don’t be shy, make them an offer. They may say ‘sure’, then again they may make a counter-offer.  That is half the fun of flea market shopping!

As with any flea market you never know what you’ll find.  In fact, one of our vendors will be selling baked goods for a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cottage Grove Boy Scout Troop 210 will be on deck, serving an assortment of tasty foods and thirst quenching beverages for their troop fundraiser.

On Saturday morning, August 23, we will accept last minute vendors at 7:15am for this flea market. Payment must be made upon arrival and all restrictions apply.

America’s Best Flowers
2014 Flea Market Schedule and Information

August 23 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Sept 14 Sunday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
Oct 18 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to turn your garage and basement clutter into cold hard cash! 

Flea markets are not only fun, but they are so very easy to participate in! Just bring your treasures out to the greenhouse, display your items like you would for a garage sale, sit back and sell.  That’s all it takes to be a flea market vendor.

For participation we require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00.  After you have your space set up on the morning of the flea market, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card.

Each vendor will be allowed two parking spaces, which equals one booth, to display their wares.  More vendor space is available for an additional $10.00 for each parking space.  Additional space must be requested at the time of the initial registration.  Each vendor is limited to only one $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card regardless of the number of parking spaces (booths).  The flea market will be located in our huge blacktop parking lot.  Rain or shine!

Set up time begins at 7am.  The starting bell for the flea market is 8am and it ends at 3pm.  Vendors will need to bring their own furnishings, tables, awnings, chairs, etc.  For safety purposes all vendor vehicles must be parked in a separate area and will not be allowed in the market area until after 3pm.  Space is limited.  Don’t wait to register!

We will have a specific area set up to test electrical items.

To register for this weekend’s flea market just stop by the greenhouse,a registration form will be at our Customer Service desk,on Thursday or Friday with a check or cash for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market”.  For clarity include a short note stating how many booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.

To register for the September or October flea market, please send us a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  Or just stop by the greenhouse,a registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.In the memo section of your check please put ‘Flea Market’.  Also, include a short note stating the specific flea market date(s), the number of booths you are registering for, a telephone number and/or email address for contact purposes.  Our mailing address is:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

There are a few restrictions on what may be brought to our flea markets. They are as follows:

  • No firearms or ammunition,
  • No live animals,
  • No flowers and/or plants,
  • No alcohol or tobacco is allowed on America’s Best Flowers’ property.

If you are interested in joining us contact Shirley at abfscimino@yahoo.com or call the greenhouse at 608-222-2269.

Art in the Garden Vendor Information

This year’s Art In The Garden will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Setup and CHECK-IN begins at 7:00 a.m. You must be ready to sell by 9 a.m.

To participate this year, we will require a non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 for a single booth and $35.00 for a double booth. After you arrive and have your booth space set up, America’s Best Flowers will present you with a $20.00 America’s Best Flowers gift card (regardless of the booth size.)

To register, please either send us a check or stop by our garden center in Cottage Grove. A registration form will be at our Customer Service desk.  If mailing your check for a space, please include a brief note stating that it is for the Art in the Garden event.  Please include your phone number and email address for contact purposes. Please send your check to:

America’s Best Flowers
4311 Vilas Hope Rd
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

This is an art and craft fair!  We ask that the items you are selling be handmade or at least semi-hand made.

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Featured Plant of the Week – ALL 10” & 12” Hanging Baskets are $10

‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ Begonia in Hanging Baskets
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It’s no joke!  All of our 10” and 12” hanging baskets are $10.   We have a variety of colorful hanging baskets of geraniums, Santa Cruz Begonia, bougainvillea, delosperma and impatiens for you to choose from. 

Spread the word to your family and friends so they, too, can take advantage of this opportunity!

Floral Designer Needed

We are looking for a trained floral designer to join us at our Edgerton location.  A minimum of two years design experience is preferred, including weddings, proms, funerals, and other special events. This part-time position is for approximately 20 hours, including weekdays and weekends. Longer hours will be required during busy floral holidays, wedding weekends, prom week as well as other busy times.

Additional tasks may include, but are not limited to, taking phone orders, greeting walk-in customers, accessing web orders, cashiering, processing flowers & plants and general clean-up. Our designers often deliver, so we do require an excellent driving record. Pay will depend on experience and ability.

Please apply in person. No phone inquiries.

Edgerton Floral & Garden Center
1101 N. Main St.
Edgerton, WI  53534

Send Al your gardening questions!

America’s Best Flowers wants to help you succeed in your gardening efforts. If you have gardening questions send an email to our Operations Manager, Al Lunde, at abflunde@yahoo.com. Al will get back to you promptly. Let America’s Best Flowers be your go-to greenhouse for answers.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Aug 23
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 6
Autumn Container Workshop

10am-4pm – FREE soil and assistance. Create a beautiful container garden in our greenhouse and we’ll clean up the mess. Bring in your own pots or buy some of ours.

Sat, Sep 13
Art in the Garden Craft Fair

9am-3pm – Talented artists display and sell their unique items.

Sun, Sep 14
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Sep 20 – Sun, Oct 12
Scarecrow Days

M-F 10-5pm / Sat – Sun 10am-4pm –

Sat, Oct 18
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Our Kitchen

Sweet corn season is upon us.  That wonderful time of year when dinner is so easy, grilled meat, sliced tomatoes and all the corn you can eat.  When I was a skinny, little girl growing up on the farm in Iowa, that was 6 or 8 ears.  Now that I’m not any of those things, I try really hard to stop at one.

Sometimes it’s fun to stray from the simple corn-on-the-cob to a recipe with a little more punch (or depth of flavor as the cooking channel judges would say).  One of Judy’s favorites is this refreshing salad.  Enjoy!!

Grilled Corn Salad

  • 3 T fresh lime juice
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • 3 t garlic salt
  • 4 fresh corn on the cob, cleaned w/husks pulled back but not removed.
  • 2 t chili powder
  • 2 small, seeded, peeled & chopped avocado
  • 2/3 c chopped red bell pepper
  • 2/3 c chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ½ c snipped fresh cilantro

Place corn, with husks on, on medium heated grill with lid down for 8 minutes.  Turn often.

In a bowl combine lime juice, oil and garlic salt.  Brush corn lightly with mixture and sprinkle with chili powder.  Fold the husks back up around corn. Allow to cool.

Add red and yellow peppers, cilantro and salt to remaining lime juice mixture.  Cut cooled corn from cobs and add to lime juice mixture.  Toss to coat evenly.  Add chopped avocado just before serving.

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