Good Season'n With Herb'n Renewal

  (Lancaster, Kentucky)
Tak'in the guesswork out of seasoning your food!
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Yippee! We're back at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!

Well, folks...that time of the year has finally arrived! We are celebrating the start of our 17th year of selling at a farmers market in Lexington! Some of you might remember us from the Lexington Farmers Market...you know the guy and gal on the corner of Vine and Upper. Well, we made a major decision and decided to move to the Bluegrass Farmers' Market five years ago because we wanted to be members of a 100% homegrown/produced market. We do not regret our move! :)


So, we are inviting everyone to come visit Herb'n Renewal at the opening of the 2014 market season for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market...next Saturday the 12th of April. Look for the same wonderful hand blended herb seasonings from Drew and the wonderful soaps from Karin. You might even find something new (from the old market) like Karin's “Zucchini Apple'n Oat Thingies!” They were a hit last year at the BGFM! Of course you'll be able to find some old favorites like the Foam'n Soap during holiday specials. :) Another bit of great news...Drew is going to start cooking at the market again!


We're hoping that everyone comes to visit us...and that Mother Nature cooperates next Saturday. Remember that we have items that do not like wet weather, so if it is raining we apologize ahead of time and can only say that we'll see you the following Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed that Saturday is nice and NO rain! :)


BTW, convenient parking is always free and we are wheelchair and stroller accessible...yes, we still bring biscuits for our four-legged friends. :) And, another move from the other market is the fact that the Two Old Troubadours have decided to entertain all of us with their wonderful music! Yup, we have a great time at our little market.


Hope you all come visit us this season,

Drew and Karin, the herb folks at Herb'n Renewal

 

Check out the market blog to see what is going on...

 http://www.localharvest.org/blog/29529/

 

You can find us at the... 


BLUEGRASS FARMERS' MARKET


3450 Richmond Rd.

Open April 12, 2014 through October 25, 2014


Saturday 9 until 2 OPENING APRIL 12TH


We'll be set up in the beautiful tree lined parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, right next door to the Glenn Auto Mall on Richmond Rd. It's just a hop, skip and a jump outside of Man 'O War Blvd. Parking is right there so you don't have to drive around hunting for a spot to park. The parking lot is also paved and that makes it very stroller and wheelchair friendly!

 


 
 

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 thing...it 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 us...it'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! :)

 
 

Soup time at Herb'n Renewal!

As a child, I would have been thrilled to wake up and see that there was no school and the hills had snow on them. I could spend the day sledding and then come in to the house and find that my mom had opened a can of soup, heated it and that sure helped warm me up!


As an older adult, I wake up and have to roll into position to see out of my window...cautiously I might add so as to not move a joint quickly which would mean much pain. It does not matter if there is snow or not, because I am not leaving the semi warmth of my home and I now know how to make my own flavorful soups with ease!


Getting old does have its advantages...we do not have to go sleigh riding, we do not have to really enjoy the snow and if we don't want to leave our homes we do not have to...the grandkids can find their own way to our doors! Lol The good part is they can be met with the scent of wonderful homemade soups cooking on our stoves.


Herb'n Renewal really does take the guesswork out of seasoning! Here's a great starter soup for a cold winter day.


Chicken Veggie'n Rice Stew


1-2 lb. chicken, cooked & diced

1 cup celery, chopped

1 cup onion, chopped

2 tbsp. olive oil

4 qt. chicken stock

1 lb. frozen mixed vegetables

1 1/2 cup white rice

2 tbsp. RUB'N SEASON POULTRY

Roux for thickening (optional)


In a large pot, saute' celery and onions in olive oil for 5-10 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add everything else, except the roux! Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer till the veggies and rice are tender...about 1 hour. Thicken with roux (equal parts melted butter and flour mixed together) if desired.


Enjoy the snow from the inside of your warm home!!!!

 
 

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!

 
 

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. 152...it'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!



 
 

Giving thanks is a daily thing, but Thanksgiving only comes once a year!

I was doing my normal, everyday chores this morning and as always I take a moment to look out of a window and smile from ear to ear. We are the luckiest folks on earth. No, we're not rich, in fact we're down right poor. But we've got a wonderful life...one that makes you smile everyday no matter what the day brings. Just looking over our small farm is enough to make any day worthwhile and I give my thanks everyday for the privilege of being able to touch and smell our bounty.


Yes, it's the little things in life that make you smile from ear to ear...we know because we are living our dream on our little farm. The only way we can do this is because of our wonderful and supportive customers and the folks at Local Harvest. Without you, we would still be enjoying our farm but only as we leave and return from our “real” jobs! Lol


We thank you all for your continued support of Herb'n Renewal. You are the ones who make us smile!


And, here's a recipe that we hope will make you and your guests smile. :)


Have It Your Way Omelet


Chop up your favorite omelet “fillers” such as ham, cheese, green peppers, onions, etc. Place them in separate bowls and set aside. Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Meanwhile give each guest a quart size freezer Ziploc bag and have them write their name (with a permanent marker) on the bag. Break two large eggs into each bag and let the guests “squish” until the eggs are well blended.


Now comes the fun! Let each guest “dump” whatever “fillers” they like into the bag of eggs. And, don't forget the herb seasoning! We typically use either our Herb'n Cowboy or Cheese'n Season but if they would like to add a little spice to their lives, try our Cajun Wing'n Season. Remember that you'll only need a small pinch cause our herb blends are always fresh and full of flavor. Tell them to give the bag a shake and close it tight trying to get as much air out as possible. Gently drop them into the boiling water, holding each bag for just a second or two...just enough to “set” the eggs. Set your timer and boil for 13 minutes...yup, boil them for exactly 13 minutes! You can boil up to 6 bags at a time! Believe me, your guests will stand around the pot with their jaws dropping and they will think you have gone nuts!!! Won't they be surprised when a perfectly cooked omelet comes out of that bag!

After the 13 minutes of boiling, remove the bag and cut it open, just above the omelet, with scissors and let them roll out onto a plate. Or if you want something really special try rolling your omelet onto a warm flour tortilla and top with homemade salsa!


This recipe is sooooo easy and there are no pots to clean so you get to enjoy your guests. It's a perfect way to start Thanksgiving Day. You'll be free to get your “bird” into the oven!!!


Happy Thanksgiving from our farm to your home!



 
 
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