Salsa Saturday Weekend

Newsletter 7 – Thursday, April 29, 2010

"If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You are not a painter,’
then by all means paint
and that voice will be silenced."

Vincent Van Gogh

What a Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2

You definitely won?t want to miss the "ABF Experience" this weekend

Start by Attending a Container Workshop

Our first Container Workshop of the season offers FREE SOIL AND ASSISTANCE when you create your floral masterpieces for patio, deck or entryway. This is always one of our customers? favorite events. Our design staff will be available to offer suggestions to help you create a container unique to your home. This event runs from 10 to 4 both days, but we suggest you come early before it gets busy. There are three Container Workshop weekends this month. By attending the first one you will have the best selection of plants and pottery. But keep in mind that if you plant them now, you will need to cover your containers or bring them in on chilly evenings. Bring yourself, your pots and your gardening friends and join us for a great time. If you can?t make this one, mark your calendar for May 15, 16, 22 or 23.

Make Time for a Treat

While you?re here be sure to help yourself to FREE CHIPS AND SALSA at our annual SALSA SATURDAY. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, not only will we be serving complimentary treats, but we?ll have copies of the winning recipes from our Salsa Recipe Contest available. So come on out and enjoy shopping to a Latin beat. Pick up a Salsa container so you can grow your own salsa ingredients. Or, better yet, plant up your own at the Container Workshop.

Finally, "Pick-a-Pack" for the Hungry

Thankfully very few of us know what it?s like to be truly hungry. But since this is not true for everyone, St. Vincent de Paul will be here Friday thru Sunday for a new event at our greenhouse. It?s ?Pick a Pack? Weekend, and you have the opportunity to donate a 4-pack of Celebrity tomatoes or Lady Bell Peppers, priced at $1.99, to St. Vincent?s. These plants will be grown in their Fitchburg Lacy Garden and the crop will be used in their food pantry. For each pack purchased, America?s Best will also donate 50 cents to the garden. You can even sign up to be a volunteer at Lacy Garden. What a great way to turn a bit of your time into a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables for the hungry.

The Law of the Result
‘When you try to show the mechanic your car won’t work, It will.’

Growing Posies

It happened again the other day. When I was telling someone about my job, they said, "It must be fun to watch the flowers grow." And while this is absolutely true, it doesn’t begin to touch on the effort it takes to start with pots and soil and end up with gorgeous flowers. This year our production staff, waterers and growers have done an outstanding job. Aided by warm sunny weather, they have produced plants that are some of the best we?ve ever grown.

Hanging baskets of pansies adorn the entrance to our main house. Their huge smiling faces are guaranteed to brighten your day. Our geraniums are absolutely amazing. Never have they been so full of bloom so early. And you should see the gerbera daisies. Unbelievably perfect!

As you walk through the greenhouses, be sure to look up when you enter the big house. Hanging baskets fill the roof with a blaze of color. We promise you will find one that’s perfect for you, as well as everyone on your Mother?s Day list.

The Law of Gravity
‘Anything you drop will roll to the least accessible corner.’

Find us on Facebook

Our fan club is growing. Please become a fan on Facebook, and invite your friends to, also. Filled with beautiful pictures and information about what?s going on at the greenhouse our page is a pleasure to visit.

The Law of the Theater
‘People whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.’

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 20
Class 6:30PM – Herbs

Starts at 6:30PM with Mari Lyn Haugh. "Treat Yourself with Herbs"

Sun, May 23
Class 1PM – Vegetable Gardening Class

"Easy Vegetable Gardening, Tomatoes and More" by UW-Extension Horticulturist Brian Emerson.

Sat, May 29
Class 10AM – Chickens and Veggie Gardening

By Al Lunde. Learn how to raise chickens and how to have a successful vegetable garden.

Sat, May 29
Class 11AM – Emerald Ash borer and Japanese Beetle prevention

Now is the time to prepare to minimize these pests from your garden

Sat, Jun 5
Class 10AM – Sun Perennial Gardening

Free garden plan and class by Ilene Isenberg.

Sat, Jun 12
Class 10AM – Shade Perennial Gardening

There are more choices than hostas for shady places. Class by Ilene Isenberg.

The Law of Commercial Marketing
‘As soon as you find a product you really like, they stop making it.’


It could be argued that the brilliant yellow daffodils are the first to herald the arrival of spring, even when they are peaking through a blanket of snow. Others would say they know for certain spring is here when the tulips bloom, or when they see robins feeding in the green lawn. For me, the reality hit yesterday as I was driving home. Every petal of the millions of white blossoms on the crabapple trees in the cemetery across the road proclaimed it loud and clear. Spring is most definitely here. If you get a chance to drive by the end of our road, take a moment to enjoy the incredible beauty of these trees. If you would like to have a similar show outside your window, stop out today and check out our selection of flowering trees.

The Law of the Alibi
‘If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire,
The very next morning you will have a flat tire.’

New Supertunia Varieties

We are pleased to offer three new varieties of Supertunias this year. Pretty Much Picasso has unique flowers sporting violet purple flowers edged in lime green. Vista Bubblegum is a terrific pink and Citrus has blossoms of yellow and cream. We have them available in hanging baskets and pots. New varieties always go fast, so hurry out today.

The Starbucks Law
‘As soon as you sit down with a fresh cup of coffee,
your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.’

Bonnie’s Kitchen

Last week, my beloved copy of Better Homes and Garden came, and two of the recipes made me want to try them immediately. So, I did! Here they are.

Caramel Apple Bars

The secret is to press these VERY FIRMLY into the pan.
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter, divided
  • ? cup caramel-flavored ice cream topping, divided
  • 3 T packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups apple-cinnamon flavored round oat cereal (Cheerios)
  • 1 cup coarsely-chopped dried apples
  • 1/3 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Line an 8X8? baking pan with foil, extending foil up over edges of pan. Butter the foil. In a large saucepan combine ? cup of the peanut butter, ? cup of the caramel topping, and the brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat just until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Add cereal and apples; stir gently to coat. Transfer to prepared pan; press firmly into pan.

In a small bowl, stir together remaining ? cup peanut butter and ? cup caramel topping. Spread evenly over bars, and sprinkle with peanuts, pressing lightly. Let bars stand 1 hour to set. Use foil to lift from pan. Cut into bars.

Makes 16 bars

I have recipes for 5 different Spring Chicken Stews and I enjoy them all.

Spring Chicken Stew

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 ? lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 8 oz. baby carrots with tops; scrubbed, trimmed and halved lengthwise **
  • 1 12 oz. jar chicken gravy
  • 1 ? cups water
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 2 heads baby bok choy, quartered
  • Fresh lemon thyme (optional)

Finely shred peel from lemon; set peel aside. Juice lemon, and set juice aside. Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper.

In Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat; add chicken. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until chicken is browned, turning occasionally.

Add carrots, gravy, and 1? cups water to Dutch oven. Stir in mustard. Bring to boiling. Place bok choy on top. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done and vegetables are just tender. Add lemon juice to taste.

Ladle into bowls. Top with lemon peel and thyme.

Serves 4
273 calories per serving

**I substituted regular baby carrots from a bag and they worked great

Law of the Bath
‘When the body is immersed in hot bubbly water,
the phone rings.’

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