Flea Market this Saturday

Newsletter 21 – Thursday, July 10, 2014

Revised 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 57

Lucy hiding in the garden among the hostas
"Psst! Dad! She knows about the man cave! Let’s hide out here!"
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Yikes, she’s still at it!  Yep, I’m talking about my mom!

The difference is NOW that I know that she is not ‘selling fleas’ but looking for ‘stuff to sell at a flea market’ things aren’t so scary.

She keeps saying though,

“I know there is more stuff here to get rid of.  I just know it.  What have I overlooked?”

My dad and I are plum worn out.  Seeking refuge in the man cave is becoming a daily habit for us.

Earlier this week, (in the cave, of course) as my dad was gently stroking my head, he looked down at me and said,

“Lucy girl, hang in there!  Things will be back to normal in just a few days.  The flea market brouhaha will soon be over with and your mom will be done tearing up the house.  Won’t it be great Saturday night when it’s all over with?  We’ll have some peace and quiet again.”

We both love my mom, but, in regards to this flea market stuff, we think her cheese has slid off her cracker…if you know what we mean!

So, at supper the other night, my dad asked my mom,

“What are you going to do with all of your spare time after the flea market is done this weekend?”

After giving my dad a puzzled look she replied,

“Done? What ARE you talking about?  There are three more flea markets after this weekend!”

My dad and I looked at each other and ran for the hills!  Help!

Wanted: Temporary home for good man and perfect dog.


It’s Flea Market Time!

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!

On Saturday morning, July 12, 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

July 12 Saturday Flea Market 8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine
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.

Booths are still available for all our Flea Market dates!

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 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 August, September or October flea market, please send us a check for the number of booths you would like to reserve.  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.

A magician was driving down the road…then he turned into a drive way…

Cottage Grove Boy Scout Troop 145

Boy Scouts of America embossed logo

Stop on out on Saturday and support the fundraising efforts of the Cottage Grove Boy Scout Troop 145.  The troop is raising funds for their August, 2015, trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico.

Coffee and donuts will be ready for you on Saturday at 8:00 am.  The troop will also be serving up hot dogs, brats, chips, soda, and water.

Come on out and relax, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the flea market and our greenhouses.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Will Rogers

Featured Plant of the Week – Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus

(aka Maple Sugar Hibiscus)

Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus
Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus
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The Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus is an awesome and dramatic annual accent plant.  It’s the perfect thriller for a container garden and is an ideal addition to any landscape.  It’s spectacular in the sun with its deep burgundy, maple-shaped leaves.  This plant is drought, heat and deer resistant. 

This outstanding annual is 33% off the regular price here at America’s Best Flowers!

We’re Going to the Dogs!

America’s Best Flowers will be hosting fundraisers on Saturday, July 26, from 11-3pm to benefit both the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) and Larz, the new canine member of the Cottage Grove Police Department.

Bring those dirty dogs out to our 4th Annual Dog Wash Fundraiser for the Dane County Humane Society. Tabby & Jack’s Pet Grooming Service will be here to trim those long canine nails. Complete the day with your four-legged-best-friend with a professional photo session with Talbot Photography.

All proceeds from the dog wash, nail trimming and photo session go directly to the DCHS.

We are excited that Larz will be here on Saturday, July 26, to meet and greet the public. To help support our four-legged public servant, America’s Best Flowers will donate 5% of the total July 26 greenhouse sales to the Cottage Grove Police Department Canine Fund.

More tail wagging details about the dog wash and Larz, in next week’s newsletter.

Q: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
A: Mt. Everest; it just wasn‘t discovered yet.

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, Jul 12
Flea Market

8am – 3pm – Rain or Shine

Sat, Jul 19
Universal Saw & Tool Sharpening

9am-4pm – Get those tools ready for easier gardening.

Sat, Jul 26
4th Annual Dog Wash Fund Raiser for the Dane County Humane Society

11am-3pm – Bring your dirty dogs out to the garden.

Sat, Aug 9
Customer Appreciation Day at the greenhouse!
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.

Our Kitchen

Here’s a link to the Food Network recipe for a fresh Caprese salad. A beautiful, healthy way to enjoy fresh tomatoes and basil.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

  • 1-1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, cored*
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella**
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup packed basil leaves, torn or cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Slice the tomatoes and cheese into 1/4-inch thick slices. Arrange on a serving platter or individual plates in an alternating pattern.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Scatter the basil leaves over the top and drizzle with the oil. Serve at room temperature.

*Tomatoes have the sweetest taste if they have never been refrigerated, so this salad is best prepared right before your meal.

**Fresh mozzarella comes in a clear tub about the size of a sour cream container and will probably have 3 large or several smaller white balls of mozzarella floating in water. Or sometimes it’ll be wrapped in plastic.

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