In Ohio, the old saw about the weather really applies. “If you don’t like the weather, just wait– it’ll change.” Yesterday it was snowing, in the next couple of days, it’ll get back into the 60′s. Indian summer? Or just some more evidence of global warming?
The landscape crew is still doing installations, as long as the weather cooperates. And when that ends, Dawn will still do We Plan/You Plants for next year’s DIY’ers or for installs in 2009. So call and make an appointment ASAP!
Locavore (loh-kuh-vohr)- noun. A person whose diet focuses on foods grown and produced nearby, typically 100 miles.
I am compiling information about sources for foodstuffs (fruits, vegetables, honey, jams and jellies, syrups, meats, cheeses, eggs, wine) that are grown or produced in our Ohio Valley area (within 100 miles or so of Ferda’s Garden Center). I am putting together a web site that locavores or potential locavores can use to find sources of local foods and beverages. If you know of any farmers who sell their produce, meats or cheeses locally, or vintners who produce local wines, or restaurants that use local ingredients in their food, please help me out by letting me know about them. Or if you know someone who would know about these sources, please share that information. You can phone me at the garden center (740-546-4467) or email me at email@example.com or fax me at 740-546-3241.
Bobby and Mel worked on getting more of the gift shop ready for Christmas. It is coming, and we will be ready.
Now that I can get back into the archives from this blog, I realize that I missed my 2 year blogging anniversary. I think my first entry was on Friday the 13th of October, 2006. I’m pretty much of a newbie in this media, but I enjoy communicating with you, and wish I really had more time to keep up with it all. I’m looking forward to writing lots more in the third year!
The happy little elves are beginning to transform the gift shop to its Christmas glory. We hate to overlap the seasons so much, but the transformation takes a while to achieve and people keep shopping earlier and earlier, so we are forced to have Halloween, fall and Thanksgiving all smooshed together for a few weeks.
Grave blanket letters are going out in a week or so– watch your mail for an order blank if you’ve ordered with us before. You can order by mail, phone or fax as usual.
I think my web guru fixed the archive problems. Let’s hope it all stays that way…
I apologize to any of you who have been trying to bring up archived posts from this blog recently. There is a glitch in the system somewhere. I have my web guru looking into it, (thanks, Steve!) and I hope it will be resolved soon. If it’s any consolation, I can’t bring them up either…
Bob planted the last of the garlic last week. We have mostly our old standby “New York White” (AKA “Polish White”) which makes up our main crop. But this year we expanded the varieties to include “German Extra Hardy”, which is a hardneck variety from Johnny’s, as well as “Killarney Red” and “Lorz” purchased locally from Susan West at the St Clairsville Farmers’ Market.
The cloves of the “German Extra Hardy” were very large, which is good when it comes to cooking. But large cloves mean less cloves per head, and so less plants for next year. That means I’ll have to wait a another year to expand my crop. I think the German and the Killarney Red are rocambole types that will produce garlic scapes, which can be picked green and sauteed like asparagus or made into yummy pesto. I’m looking forward to that treat.
Written by Lynn on the slope of Teasel Hill where I finally had to break down and turn on the furnace for the first time tonight.