Good Season'n With Herb'n Renewal

  (Lancaster, Kentucky)
Tak'in the guesswork out of seasoning your food!
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Last Market Day For Herb'n Renewal

Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to crawl back into bed? We're having one of those. :( To start out with, it seems like the apples that we purchased from a grocery store have been around for awhile...they were rotten, so no Thingies on the last day of the market. After all of the soaking wet rain last week, we had to dry out all of our tents and such. It meant reloading our van, Chuck. Drew went to back Chuck up to the garage and geeeeeeeez, seems like Chuck did not want to play. We think it is the fuel pump. Oh well, now how do we get everything to the market for the last day? We try to figure out how to get all of our market stuff into Bertha Joe! EEEEK! I know, you are all wondering who or what Bertha Joe is. Lol Well, she is a long 1985 Ford LTD Crown Victoria, maroon in color, with some fancy wheels and flaking vinyl top and no heat. But, she is well loved because she belonged to a very dear friend of ours and when he left this earth, he wanted us to have her. His name was Joe and she's a big Bertha...hence Bertha Joe and you all get to meet her tomorrow. :)

As big as Bertha Joe is, the tables would not fit unless we tied them to her roof...that ain't happening! Something tells me that we would have taken flight coming down Nicholasville Rd. lol The great news, farmers are always there to help each other. Made a call to the folks at Hughes Farm and asked if they had a table that we could borrow. Their answer was “of course!” Farmers are great people and we have them to thank for us being able to set up tomorrow...the last day of the Bluegrass Farmers' Market 2013 season.

So, the folks from Herb'n Renewal will be there tomorrow...look for Bertha Joe instead of Chuck. And, even though you won't find Thingies, Karin did make some Foam'n Soap and she'll be bringing the soapy gift baskets too! Drew has packed seasoning galore!

Just thought I would give you a report from our market goodies last week. Robin Hughes from Hughes Farm shared some of her home baked pumpkin goodies with us...delish!!!! I had a Swedish treat this week...radish, butter, salt on white bread sandwich. I know, weird but I grew up eating them and they are wonderful. Jane had perfect radishes...not hot, just crunchy and good! I know my dad, Lars, was smiling down as I enjoyed one of his favorites. On Tapp Dairy provided the eggs for the unbelievable cheese omelets we had for dinner on Tuesday...the Riverhaven Farm peppers were the perfect added attraction! Life is good. :)

Hope to see ya all's the last chance to stock up! And, we want to say thank you for a great season! :)


Cool Cajun Tater Salad!

The hot weather has arrived and that means cold foods seem to be on the menu more often. We both love salads in any size, shape or form. The base can be pasta, again in any size, shape or form. White rice, brown rice and even wild rice works too. Or just veggies or fruit. But, our favorite is a potato salad, especially when you can get fresh, locally grown taters like the ones we buy at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

The following recipe is one of our very most favorites and please, if you are wimp when it comes to seasoning like I am, do not let the name fool you. I love this salad even though the word “Cajun” scares the heck out of me!

Cajun Wing'n Season Potato Salad

5 lbs. potatoes, cut into chunks, peeled or not...your preference

1/2 c. red bell pepper, diced

1/2 c. green bell pepper, diced

1/2 c. green onion, sliced

1/2 c. purple onion, diced

1 c. celery, diced

3 hard boiled eggs, chopped

2 1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/4 c. pickle relish (optional)

1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tbsp. Cajun Wing'n Season

Salt to taste

Boil potatoes until fork tender. In a separate bowl, combine everything except the potatoes and salt. Toss mixture with warm potatoes, salt to taste and chill overnight.

You can find the following at the BGFM this Saturday on Richmond Rd.

potatoes...we recommend Red Norland or Yukon Gold

green onions

bell peppers


and of course...Cajun Wing'n Season from the Herb'n Renewal folks, Karin & Drew!

Check out what else will be available at


Herb'n Renewal update!

We thought it was about time that we gave everyone an update on what's happening at Herb'n Renewal.

Drew is busy tending to the containers that Karin saw fit to seed. Yup, she found even more oddball things to fill with plants. lol  In addition to the toilet bowls, clawfoot bath tub, old fashioned metal wash tubs, whiskey barrels and tires...we now have a really neat thingie that came off of the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle! I say thingie because I have no idea what you call this sits on the back fender, just behind the passenger seat and it used to open up and you could put stuff into it and then lock it. Kinda like a suitcase mounted onto the back of the bike. :) Now it is filled with soil and zucchini plants and I promise no motorcycle was killed in order to achieve this!!

Karin has been extra busy in her soap shop creating new and wonderful glycerin soaps.  Her "Just Ducky" gift baskets were a big hit right before Mother's Day.   So, where can you find us?  We are back at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market each Saturday.  In fact, this Saturday should be a great day to visit's the 2012 Market Grand Opening Day!  And, the Bluegrass Farmers' Market will be giving away Wildcat Blue market totes to the first 500 customers!


Come visit us this Saturday! :)


Yes, we will be at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market on Saturday!

Poor “Chuck” decided that he had other plans for us last Saturday and we missed the market. We actually spent most of the day on the side of Rt. 27 trying to figure out why he kept spitting a main belt out each time we started him up! Believe me, we would much rather have been at the market especially since we were loaded down with freshly harvested lettuce, herbs and a bunch of Herb'n Buns! Hey, the folks that stopped to help us ate good that night! Lol

So, a full day later, we think “Chuck” is once again in full service. We drove him into the big city of Lancaster last night so that we could take our GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) class and I'm happy to say we both passed with flying colors! But, I don't think anyone has ever failed. HaHa! It just means that Drew and I are both certified GAP and qualified to hand out samples at the market. Poor Drew, my brain started working on the way home as I thought of things we could sample using what was available at the market. Honestly, I think he was looking for a big rock to hide under...sorry Drew...part of the market experience!

We've got some more good news. Herb'n Renewal is now back at the Wood Shack in Bryantsville! It's been awhile since we have had our seasoning there and it's nice to be back. If you've never been to the Wood Shack, this weekend is a perfect time to start. They are having a “Picnic On The Porch” to celebrate Memorial Day and you'll find 20%-70% off throughout the whole place. It's a country decor lovers dream come true! Country crafts, florals, quilts, candles, gifts and of course herb seasoning! They've been in business at the same location for 22 years so “the Shack” is there to stay! If you happen to be looking for a great place to visit this weekend, you can find them at the junction of Rt.27 and Rt.'s only about a 30 minute drive from Lexington. And, they'll have free food and drinks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 until 6!

One last thing before I head to the kitchen to bake...please take a moment out of your Memorial Day celebrations to remember why we even have Memorial Day. We has so much to be thankful for because of the men and women who have given their lives for our country. We salute you and your families. Don't forget to fly your flag in their honor! We'll be flying ours at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market this Saturday from 9 until 2. Our flag always waves in your honor on the farm!

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