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Opening weekend thoughts!

We had the grand opening of our little shop this past weekend and while the crowds that we had hoped for did not flock to our farm, we did get to meet some new folks. That’s always a good thing! And, with the lack of customers we had plenty of free time to continue our de-cluttering the garage efforts. I can’t believe how much stuff “we” have accumulated. Actually it’s more of a “me” thing cause I swear I find stuff that I know I can use somewhere, sometime. Unfortunately that just hasn’t happened yet. What was I thinking when I saved those thousands of shells? Oh yeah, I was going to use them to decorate my gourd baskets. I don’t want you to think that I still have all of them left…I did use some of them! Lol My word, I guess I had also hoped I would get some major craft ideas to pop into my pea brain because I had bunches of magazines saved too! The great part is somebody else is going to either use them or save them just like I did..they went to a good home! And, did I mention baskets? Holy Mackerel where did they all come from!!! Again, they went to a good home and hopefully will raise some much needed funds for a local charity.

Now, about opening day. For the past 10 years I have only had to get fully dressed one day a week…maybe two. When I say “fully dressed” I mean the whole make-up, hair styling, the putting on of the dreaded “stop’em from flopp’in” thing and real shoes. I’m sure some of you gals know what I am talking about. Well, all of a sudden I am about to be in public view for three days straight! That’s another big EEK! What was I thinking when I got this brainstorm to open this shop? Must have been a case of dain bramage on my part. It actually felt kinda good to be clothed in something other than my sweats for a change. But, apparently those plaid flannel britches that they tout as “leisure” pants are not what one should wear when greeting customers. I had a lady tell me that I looked comfortable in my pajama’s! Next week I’ll wear jeans…maybe they’re more formal for my kind of work. I know that it’ll take a bit to get folks used to the fact that we’re now a business on the farm and not at the market. Let’s see what happens next weekend…we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The lack of traffic did give us the opportunity to cook and bake too. I baked some bread and fried some of that wonderful Georgia Wild Caught shrimp that we had in our freezer. I tried something new with them this time. So simple and so good. For the shrimp just peel and devein them…a rinse in salted cold water will bring back that fresh caught flavor. I then gave them a toss in plain old flour, a dip in an egg and water wash and then finally into a mixture of smashed corn flakes and bread crumbs that I seasoned with our Good’n Garlicky. Make sure your oil (we use Canola) is 350-375 degrees and drop the shrimp in and fry for just a few minutes until golden brown. Do not over cook them! Drew made a new to me dipping sauce and it was wonderful. Of course I asked him for the recipe so I could pass it on and he said he just “winged it!” I’ll just tell you that it tasted like a tartare sauce with some ketchup thrown in but it didn’t taste like a Thousand Island dressing. I’ll have to see if I can get him to recreate it so I can write down the recipe.

I love freshly baked bread, who doesn’t! Problem is I am scared of it and from what I understand, I am not alone. I discovered this recipe quite sometime ago and it’s really easy and great!

Oatmeal Bread

3 cups flour
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup honey

1 1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Mix all dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl beat the egg, honey and milk. Add the liquid to the dry and mix well…it will be lumpy. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and about 10 minutes or until crusty. Place on a rack and brush with melted butter.

Happy baking! 🙂

Don’t forget that our little Herb’n Renewal shop is open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 6. We’re easy to find. Just take Rt. 27 south from Lexington around Nicholasville and to the Kentucky River. Once you go over the river you’ll go up a hill and you’ll notice that the road turns into two lanes…make a right onto Rt.1845. Go 2.4 miles and you’ll find us on the left. By the way, be careful on our road, folks think they are driving in England and they have a tendency to use the wrong side of the road! Hope to see you all flocking to our farm this weekend! 🙂






January 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Friday is the day!

Well, it’s finally here…opening day of our shop on the farm. Herb’n Renewal has been renewed! It’s been a bit difficult trying to squish all of our stuff into such a small space but I think we’ve managed to do it quite well and still leave a table for me to load the baskets, get the packages ready for Drew, etc. We are really excited about our opening tomorrow.

We’ve had so many phone calls and emails asking us where to find our herb blends and my homemade soap now that we are no longer members of the Lexington Farmers’ Market. You have no idea how much we have appreciated the support from our customers and farmers friends. We hope that you all come visit our little bit of heaven…now with a store on it!

Some things just couldn’t change so we had to hang our trusty farmers market sign right next to the front entrance. Heck, we’ve been unpacking and hanging it every Saturday for 10 years and we decided that it deserved a permanent location.


I just have to share a few pictures to show you how you can set up a shop and keep the “renewal” theme going. That tall shelf is an old metal utility thing that I covered in our market tablecloths and added a few bows. Who knew you could do that with a hunk of junk! And, by the way that piggy that you see peeking out from the bottom shelf was a gift from a dear friend of mine and I look at him as though he is my darling Buckwheat watching out for me! Thank you Sherry and Macaw for thinking of me. 🙂 For those of you who don’t know about Buckwheat, I’ll have to tell you his story another day. Just let it be known that he was mommas piggy and I miss him bunches. 



I’m darn proud to say that the only thing that we purchased to set up our shop were the navy bandannas that I used for the curtains! I was going to use some of the ones Drew had but I thought better of it after I looked at them. I doubt that they would have blocked any sun…appears like they have seen their share of farm sweat!! HaHa!


Well, we hope you will all come visit us and take a peek at our new venture. It’s been fun and we can’t wait to open the doors tomorrow. We’re easy to find and really not a hard drive from Lexington. In fact it’s four lane 99% of the way! Just take Rt. 27 (Nicholasville Rd.) south around Nicholasville and continue until you go over the Kentucky River. When you get to the top of the hill you’ll find Rt. 1845 on the right. That’s our road! If you happen to drive by it you will see the Rocky Top Shell gas station on the right…you went too far so you better turn around. Once you get onto Rt. 1845 (better known as Rogers Rd. but no sign) just go 2.4 miles and you’ll see our sign on the left. Please drive carefully on our road because folks around here think they are in England and they all drive on the wrong side of the road! lol

We’ll be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM until 6PM until we decide what else we want to do with our new found venture. I’m hoping that you’ll be able to come to our farm and we’ll harvest fresh cut herbs while you wait…can’t get much fresher than that! I’m also going to try a new way of gardening and we’ll probably have fresh vegetables all spring and summer. We’re taking baby steps but I can see it all in my dreams each night. Have to admit that it’s fun to wake up with a smile and a purpose.

Geez, almost forgot. We’re giving away a gift basket filled with our herb blends this weekend. Just come on in and sign up and if you are the lucky winner we’ll let you know!

If you have any problems finding us please give us a call at (859) 548-3516. See ya down on the farm! 🙂



January 25, 2008 at 1:30 am 3 comments

Meet My “Mater” Friend!

I’m having a hard time trying to find a word to describe my “mater ” friend. He’s just someone you really need to meet in person and then you’ll understand what I mean.  And, from what I have been told, a telephone conversation about “maters” with him is about the same as a face to face meeting.  Believe me if you love tomatoes this is the guy for you!  He can chew your ear off talking about them…but, take my word for it you’ll come away knowing more than you ever thought your brain could hold. HaHa!

Let me introduce you to my friend, Roger Postley of Tomatoes, Etc.  This guy knows his “maters!”  He ain’t too bad on the pepper end either.  I met Roger at the Lexington Farmers’ Market a few years back and since he no longer sells there either I thought I would share his 2008 list on heirloom tomato and pepper seeds.  Grab a cup of coffe and get comfortable, cause this is a long list.  After you read through it you’ll begin to understand why I say he’s hard to describe!  Each and every seed comes with a description that rivals the best of commercial catalogs…he even includes his own ordering codes!  If you haven’t enjoyed yourself enough just reading through the list you can give him a call at (859) 278-4846 or email him at  Be forewarned…he really loves to talk heirlooms! I’m not joking but it’s well worth your time and energy if you are a true tomato or pepper lover.  He’s got more knowledge when it comes to “maters” than any person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and his passion for them is unbelievable.

Here’s his 2008 list…

AN Ananas Noire-Medium to large smooth tri-color beefsteak fruits. Greenish when ripe, yet have internal streaks of “black” and red. Weigh about 1.5 pounds. Superb flavor that is both sweet and ‘smoky’ with a hint of citrus. Heavy yields. Indeterminate. Regular leaf. 85 days..

AH Australian Heart (Thieneman family)-Brought to Louisville, KY by a returning WW II Navy veteran. Produces a medium to large red heart-shaped, extremely tasty, juicy fruit. Indeterminate. Regular leaf. Mid-season.

AZ Azoychka-This lovely Russian heirloom is a bright lemon yellow 7-8 ounce, 3” slightly flattened tomato. It has a delightful full rich sweetness with just a touch of acidity. Very good production. 6’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 70 days.

BA Bali-Heirloom from the island of Bali in Indonesia. It has small (2-3”) ruffled/ribbed and flattened 2-3″ fruit in bright raspberry pink. It has an unusual sweet fruity yet spicy flavor and sweet fragrance. Greatly worth trying! Perfect for cutting into halves on a salad. 4’ short indeterminate. Regular leaf. Early-season.

BY Barnes Mountain Yellow-productive yellow one pound juicy beefsteak fruits. Good flavor. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. Mid to late season.

BC Black Cherry-A wonderful 1” round cherry with a burgundy-black color. These cherries are irresistibly delicious! A tall, vigorous plant that produces abundant crops of 1″ fruits with sweet and complex full flavors, characteristic of the Russian “blacks”. 9’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 65 days.

BE Black Early-Typical growth and high production of most Russian ‘black’ tomatoes, but 1-2 weeks earlier than most others, with very good production of medium to large fruits. Has the typical great ‘black’ flavor! Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. Early to mid-season.

BM Black Mountain Pink-A KY heirloom Productive medium pink, one pound juicy beefsteak fruits. Good flavor. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. Mid to late season.

BP Black Pear-Good producer. Very beautiful 2-5 oz. (2-3”), mahogany-red, green shouldered, pear shaped-fruits with outstanding spicy and sweet flavor. Likes it hot and sunny. Produces a prolific and steady crop until frost. This one is outstanding eaten fresh, or cut in a salad. Firm enough to hold its shape when cut, but soft enough to be delicious! Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 82 days.

BH Bull’s Heart-Old Russian variety from that yields ½-1 pound, oxheart-shaped, pink fruits with few seeds and great full rich sweet taste. Sometimes grows 2 fruits together to look like a double heart. 5’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 84 days.

BF Burkina-Faso-a slightly rounded somewhat juicy red paste tomato, from Burkina-Faso. Huge production and very good taste. Good for fresh eating or cooking/canning. Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. Mid season.

BU Burracker’s-A wonderful 1-2 pound red/gold bicolor beefsteak tomato that is extremely sweet and juicy. I had poor early season production, but it flourished later on. 6’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 80 days.

BS Butler Skinner- A Clark Co., KY family heirloom. The seeds, plants, and fruits were used as ‘political gifts’ during his local campaigning! 12 ounce, round pink fruits. A full and balanced, rather sweet flavor. 7’ indet. Regular leaf

CC Chadwick Cherry-Heirloom named after the late British master gardener, Alan Chadwick, originator of the biointensive method of gardening. Flavorful, not just sweet, 1-inch, red fruits borne in vigorous clusters. 8’ indeterminate. Super-productive all season. Regular leaf. 70 days.

CG Cherokee Green-This may be a mutation of Cherokee Purple. Huge vigorous plant with 12-18 oz, light green, beefsteak type fruit with slight pinkish blush on blossom end and the skin takes on a yellowish hue when ripe. Inside is light green with bright green gel. Excellent flavor and juicy texture. Great production. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

CY Crnkovic Yugoslavian-A prolific, disease resistant heirloom that produces large 1+ pound red-pink beefsteak fruits that are meaty, juicy, and have a robust, complex tomato flavor. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 80 days.

CB Csikös Bötermö-This produces beautiful round fruit, which are red with gold veins. Csikös means” horse herders near the Balaton Lake in Hungary” and Bötermö means “early”. . 5’ short indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days

DB Debarao-Heavy production of 3-4 ounce oval deep red, fruit with green shoulders. They have the wonderful sweet complex flavor of ‘black’ tomatoes. Perfect for snacking, salads, and sauces. Very heavy producer. Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. 72 days.

PF Depp’s Pink Firefly-A Glasgow, KY family heirloom. It produces numerous large pink w/light ‘spots’ flattened beefsteak fruits with a fantastic flavor. 6’ indeterminate. Potato leaf. Mid to late season.

DR Druzba-This densely foliaged Bulgarian heirloom bears plenty of 12 ounce bright red fruit throughout the season. Very heavy set of perfect bright red 1⁄2 to 1lb. fruit with a high acid content – giving it that robust “real tomato” flavor. Produces a large percentage of uniform ripening, high quality blemish-free fruit. 6’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

EIo El Ifino (orange)-Discovered by me! (The name comes from the old joke: “What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros?”) This was a mutation of a Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom tomato. The seeds produced plants that yielded large orange or red, lobed, juicy, very flavorful beefsteak fruits. Regular leaf. 6+’ indeterminate. Mid to late season.

EIr El Ifino (red)-Discovered by me! (The name comes from the old joke: “What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros?”) This was a mutation of a Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom tomato. The seeds produced plants that yielded large orange or red, lobed, juicy, extremely flavorful beefsteak fruits. Regular leaf. 6+’ indeterminate. Mid to late season.

FW Ferris Wheel-a pink/red medium-sized fruit. Very good flavor, appearance and productivity. One pound juicy beefsteak fruits. Good flavor. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. Mid to late season.

FL Frank’s Large Red-A Eastern KY heirloom that produces huge 1½-2 pound red flattened slightly lobed fruits that are very juicy and have a fantastic flavor. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. Late season.

GB Giant Belgium-The 1 ½-3 pound dark pink fruit on this fine tomato plant has a delicious sweet, mild, low acid taste with solid flesh. The variety, which was developed in Ohio, produces a large solid flattened beefsteak with a smooth blossom end. 6’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 80 days.

GS Golden Sunrise-This Australian heirloom produces huge quantities of 1½-2” gorgeous spherical bright red/ orange striped fruits. The leaves look as if they are covered with a light frost! 5’ indeterminate. ‘Fuzzy’ potato leaf. 75 days.

GL Grace Lahman-This variety produces large amounts of medium-sized rose-pink globes with fruits good ‘old time’ flavor. Very mild and sweet. This is a prolific producer with huge fall crops. Indeterminate. Regular leaf. 80 days.

GZ Green Zebra-The 2 to 4 ounce elongated fruits are bright green with light green/gold stripes and emerald green flesh with a delicious ‘spicy/tangy’ real tomato flavor. The vines are very vigorous and extremely productive. A choice tomato for colorful salads. 5’ short indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

IS Illini Star-It produces heavy crops of 6-8 oz. deep-red tomatoes. They have an excellent flavor and strong disease and split resistance. Developed by Merlyn & Mary Ann Neidens

BT Japanese Black Trifele-Giant ’black’ fruit, shape is more spacecraft-like than plum, strongly recommended, great taste. Actually, it is from Russia. Huge production! Unusual, but outstanding taste! 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. Mid to late season.

KB Kellogg’s Breakfast-This WV heirloom is a gorgeous orange beefsteak tomato with truly outstanding sweet tangy taste and few seeds! This productive variety bears fruits of 1 pound or more and have few seeds. Juice and inside flesh have the same bright orange color as orange juice. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

KT Krasnodar Titan-This Ukrainian heirloom was ‘smuggled’ here! The large red fruit have rich, full-bodied, old-fashioned flavor and a firm texture, which is perfect for salsas! This is a highly productive full season tomato. 5’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. Mid season.

LG Lennie & Gracie-Yellow with pink interior striping. Extremely large production. Very good taste. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

LM Limmony-A bright yellow beefsteak which is decidedly citrus-tart! It produces 10-16 ounce, 4-5″, light-yellow fruits with lots of luscious, big sweet tangy flavors. It has a bold taste! 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75 days.

LR Lumpy Red-This is a Corbin, KY family heirloom. It is highly productive and yields heavily fluted medium to large red fruits which are very tasty. 6’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 80 days.

MJ Majtato-This Hungarian heirloom produces a firm dense red 3”-4” spherical cooking tomato with a good flavor. It has dark green rugose regular leaves on a very stocky plant. 3’ dwarf indeterminate. Very early with huge full season production. Good in containers.

MP Marianna’s Peace-This is the world’s most over-hyped tomato. Despite that, is well worth raising! It is one of the finest tasting tomatoes with moderate yields of 1-2 pound beautiful, pink-red very meaty beefsteaks with luscious, full tomato flavor that features a good balance of acidity and sweetness. Potato leaf. Vigorous vines are very productive, 7’ indeterminate. 85 days.

MG Max’s Large Green-This is a family heirloom from Hardin Co., KY. It has a delicious tangy full flavor with firm juicy bright green flesh in a 16-20 ounce flattened beefsteak shape. The skin has a predominant amber tinge when ripe. It makes a lovely sandwich slicer. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. Medium-late season. A (different) BLT – just waiting to happen!

MN Monk-A family heirloom from Nicholasville, KY. It produces slightly irregular, very large, and extremely tasty beefsteak fruits on large strong vines. It is highly productive. Indeterminate. Regular leaf. Mid to late season.

SB Moon’s Superbush-This heirloom produces 3” medium-size solid red round fruits with good full flavor. Super productive. Early season. 3’-4’ dwarf indeterminate. Grows very well in containers.

MLy Mortgage Lifter (yellow)-An impressive cousin of the pink Mortgage Lifter with heavy yields of 1 pound, 4″, yellow beefsteak fruit with red/pink streaks in center and similar great rich taste. Slightly flattened, with mild, fruity flavor. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 80 days.

MR Mr. Slaybaugh’s Oxheart- middle Ohio family heirloom, 1+ pound. Bright red. Delicious and juicy. Tall indet. Regular leaf. Very productive.

MB Mrs. Benson’s Pink- 70 days Indet., potato-leaf, old family variety from Mrs. Benson, (Oswego IL.), large yields, bright pink, not many seeds, averages 1 lb., satisfying old-time flavor, good acid/sugar balance. Well worth trying!

NW Nebraska Wedding- Orange-Medium size round fruits, Short indeterminate. 76 days. Regular leaf

OK Old Kentucky- a Southeastern KY heirloom. Large yellow beefsteak with great flavor. Even better than KY Beefsteak! 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75-90 days.

OG Oleyar’s German Red Oxheart- Large red fruit with great flavor. 7’ indeterminate. Regular leaf. 75-90 days.

OL Omar’s Lebanese-A huge dark pink beefsteak tomato with fruits typically weighing 1 to 1-1/2 pounds. It has a full sweet complex flavor that is delicious on sandwiches. It is very productive. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. 80 days.

OC Outhouse Cherry-From Lakeland, FL, this ½” tiny bright red cherry tomato is terrific for snacking – particularly by kids! Super prolific and delicious. Guess where it grew best? 10’ to 12’ indeterminate huge vine. Regular leaf. Early season.

PL Palestinian-This mid-Eastern variety produces loads of light red/pink 8-32 ounce firm tasty fruits and few seeds. The size is extremely variable! Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. Early to mid-season.

PR Paul Robeson-This Russian heirloom was named in honor of the American operatic star and equal rights advocate. It is an absolutely delicious 6-10 ounce round ‘black’ tomato with an intensely sweet smoky taste with a hint of tanginess and has dark red skin with dark green dusky shoulders. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. 70 days.

PS Persimmon-This is a beautiful dusky persimmon-colored variety that produces 1-2 pound, 5” fruits. Vines are vigorous, well branched and bear heavily. Its rich distinctive sweetness and few seeds make it one of the best tasting orange heirloom tomatoes. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 75 days.

PA Pineapple-This beautiful Mid-West bicolor heirloom grows large beefsteak fruit, some weighing up to 2 pounds! The yellow skin with red streaks are a delight, while the mild sweet, tropical, fruity flavor makes it a favorite. Very productive. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 75-90 days

GF Pink Grapefruit-A very high producer of lovely light yellow 4-6 oz. globes, tinged with a pink blush that continues into the core. They are sweet, juicy, mild and really do have a hint of citrus. Regular leaf. 4’ dwarf indeterminate. 80 days.

PG Polish Giant-This heirloom produces numerous red large 4-6” semi heart-shaped pointed-end fruits. The flavor is full and balanced in the solid meaty fruits. Very prolific. Regular leaf. 5’ indet.. 85 days.

PP PURPLE PASSION  huge, meaty, crimson-red fruits-almost a ‘black’, relatively early for a large tomato, flavor is excellent – rich, mild, and fruity, moderately firm, an old Utah heirloom. indet., 78 days.

RM Ramapo (OP)-This is a discontinued “hybrid commercial heirloom” that is now open-pollinated. It bears large numbers of medium-sized round red fruits that are excellent fresh or canned. Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. Mid-season.

RA Raphael-This outstanding heirloom red plum was found on an abandoned SW Florida farm. Unlike ROMA tomatoes (which it resembles), this actually has great flavor, both fresh and cooked! It is highly productive over an extended season. Regular leaf. 3’ dwarf indeterminate. Early season.

RT Reisentraube-This German heirloom bears huge clusters of 1″ red fruit with a distinctive pointed end. The robust flavor is similar to large red beefsteak varieties. One of its outstanding features is the large number of flowers produced per cluster (up to 350)! An excellent salad tomato that is great for snacks! Regular leaf. 8’ indeterminate. 70-80 days.

RC Roman Candle-This produces beautiful neon yellow banana-shaped fruits that are bursting with intense sweetness and flavor. A wonderful new tomato that originated as a ‘sport’ from Mr. John Swenson’s Striped (Speckled) Roman. Fruits are about 2″ wide by 4″ long and are quite meaty. Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. 85 days

SP St. PierreA French heirloom variety that is the epitome of fine taste! It produces a large quantity of medium-sized red round fruits with outstanding flavor. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 74 days.

SD Scoresby Dwarf-My plants do not fit the description of the New Zealand heirloom! There is nothing ‘dwarf’ about them! They produce very large numbers of round 3-4” firm red tomatoes that have a very good flavor that are great for salsa or cut in salads. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. Mid-season.

SF Silvery Fir-This is a extremely early dwarf Russian heirloom that bears many deep orange to red, 3″-4″ flattened fruits that have a good flavor. It has unusual lacy fern-like foliage with a silvery-grey color and grows very well in container or flowerbed. Regular leaf. 2’ determinate. 58 days.

SO Sophie’s Choice-This Canadian family heirloom is a compact plant that bears loads of sweet refreshing 6-8 ounce orange-red tomatoes. Unlike other extra-early varieties, the fruits are flavorful and large, averaging 6 to 8 ounces. It does not handle heat or drought well and needs water and support! Regular leaf. 1 ½-2’ determinate. 50 days. Good in containers.

SR Striped (Speckled) Roman-These long, pointed red fruit have wavy orange stripes that are absolutely gorgeous! It’s a perfect midsize fruit with meaty flesh, excellent sweet flavor and few seeds. Heavy fruit production until frost. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 75 days.

TO Tomesol-This heirloom produces medium to large, slightly flattened round, white to ’khaki’ , thin-skinned and delicious mild and sweet fruits that are perfect cut up in salads. Very good production! Regular leaf. 5’ indeterminate. 75 days.

UM Uncle Mark Bagby- KY heirloom. Very large pink fruits. Huge production. Excellent flavor. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 85 days.

VW Vinson Watts-Large 1-2 pound, flattened, pink fruit with excellent flavor. It is an old heirloom that was grown in the Morehead, Kentucky area, but originated in Lee County, Virginia. Late season. Regular leaf. Indeterminate. Juicy and full of flavor. Great on sandwiches!

WB Watermelon Beefsteak- Very, very, good, From Gleckler’s Seedsman, over 100 years ago, a true classic heirloom, very large indet. red/pink beefsteak with great flavor, slightly scalloped shape. New for me this season – I will know more once I raised and tasted it!

WC Weeping Charlie- This is a ‘very fat’ red with green shoulders roma-type tomato. Quite juicy with good flavor. Regular leaf. 7’ indeterminate. 75 days.

WE Wes-This USA heirloom is best known for its wonderful aroma! It produces large numbers of medium-sized heart-shaped red fruits that have a delightful mildly sweet flavor. Regular leaf. 6’ indeterminate. Mid to late season. (Fruits were small, in 2007…)

YP Yellow Perfection-This heirloom , originally from an old British seed company, produces 1 ½-2” inch, round, brilliant-yellow, thin-skinned and delicious fruits that are perfect cut up in salads. Fantastic production! Potato leaf. 5’ indeterminate. 75 days.



AF Aji floro (Orchid)- sweet Scotch Bonnet, flower shaped sweet ‘citrusy’ green small pepper – in my opinion, it is better green then at orange-red full ripe! Outstanding flavor and prolific! About 5’ tall!

JN Jimmy NardelloHeirloom sweet Italian frying pepper logged in at Ellis Island in 1897! Outstanding flavor fresh, fried, or used in Italian foods! Enormous yields of long, flattened, curly, green to dark crimson fruits with pointed ends and some twisting (1″ x 6-8”). Looks like a “cayenne-on-steroids”!

JB Jingle Bell (OP, not hybrid)-Produces a miniature green bell pepper (about 1 1/2”) that is perfect split /stuffed with cheese or meat salads for appetizers or used whole in kabobs. They ripen to bright red. Extremely productive. The OP version is new. Good in containers.

TR Topepo Rosso-This Italian heirloom Italian sweet red pimento pepper produces tasty, blood red, round pimento peppers the size of small apples. The flesh is very thick, crisp, and sweet and is great fresh or cooked. Three-foot compact plants produce huge yields. Although they set fruit early, they are very slow to ripen – but it is worth the wait!

TP Trinidad Perfume- sweet yellow habanero!, found as a ‘sport’ in a field of H O T habaneros!, Use for seasoning or munching – has no fire! A super-prolific bright yellow pepper about 4’ tall.


AR Alabama Red-This very large (both plant and pod) cultivar produced huge amounts of delicious red-and–green very tasty okra. The plants are ‘almost’ scratch-free! The large pods remain tender while large! Expect 6’+ plants

If you haven’t read enough, give him a holler at (859) 278-4846  You won’t be sorry, I promise.  I know we certainly enjoy the plants we buy from him!  And, no…we don’t bother with the seeds, we let him do the hard part cause we’re usually busy trying to get our herbs out! 

I hope you enjoyed today’s special edition as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.  We’re headed back out to the shop so we can get it ready to open..hopefully…next week! 🙂


January 9, 2008 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

I HATE Computers!

And, I shouldn’t. This thing is my friend. So how come it hasn’t felt like it this past few days? I was about ready to throw my computer out of the window! For some darn reason it decided that I no longer needed to search, get to my favorite sites or even let me play games. EEK! I shouldn’t say it wouldn’t let me it just thought that I had hours to waste while the various pages loaded. So, what the heck did I do to make it mad? The very last thing I did was download a coupon site listed in the Herald Leader and then the “stuff” started…well, that’s the problem…it didn’t start! I uninstalled it but I guess somewhere in that black box there is a brain way bigger than mine cause it apparently kept some of that coupon site for its own use. Hey, now…I am not sharing my coupons with a box!

Normally I would have panicked but I kept myself calm and tried everything that I could think of to fix the thing. Nothing worked so for two days I spent most of my time getting the house dusted, vacuumed, doing laundry, etc. while I waited for a page to load. Not my idea of fun but at least our home is semi dust free.

You’d think that a person who has a degree in computer science could figure out the problem. I have to tell you, I went to college way back in the 60’s and my idea of a computer was a giant big thing stuck in the middle of a very cool room. We had these big keyboards that punched little holes into rectangular shape pieces of a cardstock type of paper. You then took them to yet another room where there was another big machine called a collator and it tried to make some sense out of the hole punched paper. Then you threw them into the really big machine and if you were lucky enough to put the wires in the correct places, you actually got something that made sense. I think! My how times have changed! HaHa! I remember my first day with the new “box” computer. It was terrible sitting here looking at this tiny thing knowing that somehow it would give me more information than the monster machine could do. The first thing was to figure out how to turn it on. Of course the new box came with no detailed instructions so I had to search to figure out where the heck the “on” button was. I found it and all of a sudden a whole new world opened up to me. I was now part of a gazillion other folks lives! It was like having a really big extended family. I could check to make sure everyone was eating properly, exercising and even see where the “family” was doing its shopping. WOW, and I didn’t even have to invite everyone over for the traditional holiday celebrations! Whatta family!

Now you can understand why I was so depressed when I didn’t get to see all of those smiling faces on Sunday morning. After phone calls to Manila, New Delhi, Canada, the Phillipines and back to Manila, I still couldn’t visit my family. 😦 I was all set to unplug the box and take it to a person who really knew how to work these things when I managed to find something called a “restore” button! Lo and behold, my family was almost back! AOL and I had to find them because apparently they were hiding somewhere out in cyberspace. We finally succeeded and I am happy to report that I am smiling at various “family” members again. 🙂

If you’ve given up reading this long and detailed tale about my weekend computer experience, let me put it into a few words. The DAMN COMPUTER CRASHED! And, while I managed to find my email addresses I no longer have a “favorites” list. That ten years of searching and saving great websites is now floating somewhere out there. Guess what I’ll be doing in my off hours this winter? You betcha, I’m gonna be surfing and saving all over again!

Today is not a day to worry about the box. We’ve got more important stuff to be concerned with, like getting the shop ready for customers. We’re just about there and hopefully we’ll be open for business next week. Drew is trying to section off part of the garage so that we can heat it and I’ve got to get the rest of my packaging stuff out of what will be the showroom. We are making progress and that’s a good thing. I’ll continue to keep you informed so go enjoy the warm January weather and stay tuned for more highlights in our life. 🙂

January 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm 1 comment

Oh My Gosh, It’s Thursday…Already!

I still can’t believe that it’s 2008! I’m not sure I have finished up 2007! Well, if I didn’t so be it. The new year is here and the plans for Herb’n Renewal are starting. We have decided to open our farm shop again. This time it will be a bit different. Last time we opened it up to the public we had crafts, seasoning, gourds, etc. This time it will be mostly seasoning, some local items such as honey and my wonderful (even if I do say so myself!) soaps. This spring we’ll concentrate on the herb beds so that we’ll have plenty of fresh cut herbs available. And, I’ve already been perusing the seed catalogs trying to decide what new veggies we can bring to the area. We might even get back into herb plants. This is so exciting and scary for us. I keep telling Drew I’m to darn old for a change but it just feels so right.

We’ve had many phone calls and emails asking us “is it true, you’re not coming back to the market?” Yes, it is true we are no longer members of the Lexington Farmers’ Market. Many of our customer friends have asked how to get in touch with us. You can certainly keep up with us on this blog or else you can give us a holler at or if you feel like talking to a real person you can reach us at (859) 548-3516. I’ve decided to try and set up a newsletter by email. Heck, I should be able to do that, I did it for 5 years at the market! Anyway, if you would like to be included, please send us an email and let me know if you would like to be added to the list I’ll sure do my best to get it started. It’s times like this when I wish I had not fallen asleep during college. I majored in computer programming! You’d think I would be smart enough to do this simple task, but no…not me. Of course, you have to remember that I graduated in 1970 and we were still in the keypunch card error and actual wired boards, not just buttons and clicks! HaHa!

Okay, on to the daily stuff. Not sure about the rest of you but we had the traditional pork, sauerkraut and black eyed peas for New Year’s dinner. That means we have leftovers! Yup, the pork sandwich with sauerkraut on it was great for one meal but we still have pork! And, you can forget those darn black eyed peas…I had my one teaspoon full for good luck and now Drew can have the rest!

Here’s the original recipe that was one of the ones Drew used as a sampling at the market. Make sure you read on so you can use it with leftovers. Most of all enjoy the new year! 🙂

Herb’n Dutch Stir Fry

1 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into thin strips

1 heaping tbsp, Rub’n Season Pork

4 strips bacon

8 cups cabbage, cut into thin strips

½ cup onion, diced

1 cup carrots, shredded

2 tbsp. white vinegar

1/8 cup brown sugar, packed

Toss pork with Rub’n Season Pork and let sit in fridge for at least one hour. In a large skillet, brown bacon and set aside leaving the drippin’s in the pan. On medium high heat, brown the pork in the drippin’s for 4-5 minutes. Add cabbage and onion, cook stirring at all times for about 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender. Add carrots, then vinegar and brown sugar. Stir fry for two more minutes. Crumble reserved bacon and stir into mixture. Traditionally served with buttered noodles and applesauce as side dishes.

Okay, here’s the leftover pork version…

Forget the rub the pork thing, just use your leftover pork and cut it into strips and set it aside. Cook the bacon and set it aside. Then add the cabbage and onion to the bacon drippin’s. Cook it for the same 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender. Add the carrots, then the vinegar, brown sugar, about 2 teaspoons of Rub’n Season Pork and the leftover pork. Stir fry that for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the pork is heated through. Give it a taste test and salt if necessary. Crumble the reserved bacon into mixture and stir. Serve with the same noodles and applesauce! 🙂

January 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

New Day, New Year!

I think we’re supposed to reflect on the previous year and make plans for the new year on this, the first day of 2008. Somehow I just want to forget last year and concentrate on beginning anew. It’s a beautiful morning even thought it’s windy and cold. The sun is shining in through my window and all I can do is give thanks for the life that I have with Drew, my friends and family. It’s gonna be a great new year, I can feel it!

We’re starting it off with a gut wadd’in breakfast. It’s a darn good thing we don’t make resolutions or we’d be breaking the diet one right off the bat! That fried taters, country ham, biscuits and gravy on my plate would surely ruin any diet. But, I don’t care it’s the start of a new year and I’m going to start out with a full belly!

Drew picked up a pork loin for dinner tonight and of course, we’ll have the traditional black eyed peas to go along with it. I’ll probably mash some taters to go with the “I gotta have” sauerkraut with pork thing. To be honest with you the only way I can get those “good luck” peas down is to smash them together with the taters and sauerkraut. But, if they’ll bring me luck, I’ll choke them down. I just don’t think it’s fair, I eat Drew’s traditional black eyed peas…so how come he won’t eat my families traditional pickled herring? The only time my family of Swedes ate it was New Year’s eve…maybe Drew knew something we didn’t know. HaHa!

Time for breakfast and watching the Rose Parade…now, that’s a New Year’s day must! Hope you all have a great day and a wonderful start of 2008. 🙂

January 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm 1 comment