Archive for June, 2010

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market Cookbook Exchange!

We’re trying something new at the market this Saturday…a cookbook exchange!  It’s so simple, just bring a cookbook and exchange it for a “new to you” one!

I know that sounds easy but I’m beginning to think that my brilliant idea is gonna kill me!  I have been digging through boxes loaded with dust, pet hair, etc. for the past week.  Who knew I had collected so many cookbooks! 

 I spent years traveling for business and the easiest book to read while on a plane, was a cookbook.  I would find a recipe that I wanted to try and circle the page in the index with a pencil.  Well, I still have many of those books…20 years later!  And, I’ll bet I haven’t tried half of the circled recipe.  Shame on me.

Of course Drew came with a bunch of cookbooks too so that meant we have many double copies.  Guess where they are going where they are going on Saturday!  And, for some darn reason I have a bunch of “cooking with kids” books.  Why?  I have no children, never have and seen as how I just filed for my Social Security, I doubt I ever will.  Must have been a good deal somewhere way back when.  They will be included in my stash going to the market.

The next big thump on my head should be because it never entered my mind to think about how the heck we are going to get them to the market.  Poor old “Chuck” our van is loaded to the hilt each Saturday morning and now we have to squish in boxes loaded with cookbooks!

Remind me not to have anymore “brain farts!” lol  But, it should be a fun day and I can almost guarantee that I will be bringing boxes full of “new to me” books home…much to Drew’s dismay!  Poor baby has to put up with my collecting passions.  Hmmmmm, wonder if we can do a piggie collection exchange!  He’d love that that one, we’d clear out half of our home!

Hope you’all come and join in on the fun this Saturday, June 26th, at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market.  It’s located at 3450 Richmond Rd. next to the Glenn Auto Mall…ya can’t miss it!  We’re there from 9 until 2 and the big news…fresh, locally corn is in!!!  So are the sun ripened tomatoes!  You can shop and get a book all in the same location! 🙂

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June 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Herb’n Renewal at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market!

 

Looks like it is going to be a hot one at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market tomorrow. Its a good thing Drew took that into consideration when he was trying to decide what to sample at the market. Look for some “Not Your Average” egg salad! He’ll also be making sandwiches with crisp fresh lettuce from our garden…it’s the last of it for the season.

Karin has been busy in the soap shop, so look for a new soap this week…Little Bit O’Loofah! It smells wonderful and the loofah slice in the center adds a bit of whimsy and great exfoliating too!

The fresh tomatoes are in at the market so make sure you grab some of our Salsa Season’n. It really is sooooo simple to make and quick too! Simply dice tomatoes, onions, green peppers and add the seasoning. You’re done and ready to enjoy!

Don’t forget that special dad in your life! Have to admit that I was semi thinking of my dad when I created a great gift basket to take to the market tomorrow. It’s got Craftsman BBQ tools in it! It’s loaded with some of Herb’n Renewal’s favorite grilling herb blends. I had to laugh and shed a tear at the same time. My dad was an avid woodworker but he couldn’t boil water! HaHa I kept seeing the word “Craftsman” and thinking about him and his tools. Then I looked at the seasoning and thought how he would have passed it over to my mom so that she could cook him something. I miss my dad.

Heading to the kitchen to pack while Drew boils and peels the eggs. I gave him that job because I have a tendency to peel off half of the egg every time…he’s much better at it. Guess all of those years spent in a kitchen paid off!

Hope to see you all at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market tomorrow…Herb’n Renewal will be there from 9 until 2!

June 18, 2010 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Herb’n Renewal will be cook’in at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market!

Yup, Drew will be grilling his famous Kick’n Pimento Cheese sandwiches this Saturday at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market! If you had the pleasure of enjoying one at Caros, you’ll know how great they are. If you haven’t…stop by and find out what you’ve been missing! Herb’n Renewal will be at the market on Saturday from 9 until 2. The best part is the parking is free and convenient and you won’t have to put up with road closures and construction like downtown! Take the short ride out Richmond Rd. just past the Glenn Auto Mall and you can’t miss us…just look for the signs.

Heck, almost forgot…we’ll have all of our hand blended herb seasonings too! And, something new…home baked Herb’n Buns! The perfect way to enjoy a juicy burger or sloppy sandwich!

June 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

We’ll be sampling at the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market!

Yup, it’s time to start handing out some samples again. We thought we would start out with a crowd favorite and one that is so easy to make and use so many different ways!

 

Boursin type cheese spread made with our Cheese’n Season!

 

If you like the buttery flavor of Boursin cheese, then you will love this one. And, it’s sooooo simple to make. Nothing more than butter, cream cheese and our Cheese’n Season! We’ll be serving it on crackers but we love to tell our customers that it’s so versatile to cook with. The recipe on the package makes a big batch so chances are you will have leftovers. For once in your life, leftovers is a good thing! We make small balls of the spread and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once frozen you can put them into a freezer plastic bag and have them available for future use.

 

So, what the heck do you do with frozen balls of Boursin cheese spread? I’m so glad you asked!

 

No more boring baked potatoes with just butter…put a ball or two on your baked tater and enjoy the buttery herb flavor!

 

Like to grill? Try putting a semi thawed ball on whatever you have grilled. I really mean that! Goes great on a steak, burger, pork chop, fish, chicken breast, etc! We even use it on our grilled veggies!

 

Is pasta your thing? Try tossing a thawed ball with your cooked pasta…flavor and butter all in one!

 

Heck, you can even throw a ball or two into your cream soups for an little extra rich flavor!

 

Who knew a little ball of stuff could add so much flavor! HaHa!

 

P.S. You don’t even have to make little balls to enjoy our Cheese’n Season…it’s great in cornbread, soups, just sprinkled on veggies and even adds great flavor to a plain old grilled cheese sandwich!

 

If you’ve never had the opportunity to try our Cheese’n Season, stop by the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market tomorrow and enjoy a sample of our Boursin type cheese spread. We’ll be there from 9 until 2. It’s a nice ride out Richmond Rd. to the tree lined parking lot of Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet, right next to the Glenn Auto Mall. The great part is you can park right at the market for free! And, it’s wheelchair and stroller friendly!

 

Hope to see you at Lexington’s only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market! It’s a real pleasure to talk to the farmer that really grew, raised, baked or produced the items for sale…we love being members of the Bluegrass Farmers’ Market!

 

 

June 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment