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!

 


 
 

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

eggs

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


Check out what else will be available at http://www.localharvest.org/blog/29529/

 
 

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! :)

 
 

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!



 
 

We're Ready To Get Back To The Market!

The opening date for the Bluegrass Farmers' Market has been set and it's April 17th! It feels so far away with all of the snow on the ground but it really isn't! Yippee, we're ready to get back to the market! And, yes, I did say “we're” that means that both of us will be there this year. Guess I'll be doing the selling and Drew will be manning the grill, kettle, skillet or whatever he happens to be using to create goodies using our seasoning blends and local produce from the market. Have to admit that it will be great having him by my side again...it was kinda lonely without him last year.


Do you remember that little spurt of warmth and sunshine we had the other day? Well, it made think gardening and how much we waste our garden beds each year. Why not utilize them to grow something while I wait for the real summer heat and our basil and tomato plants. So, I went catalog shopping and looked for something that we could grow in the cool spring. Guess what we'll (hopefully) be bringing to the market this spring? Oriental cabbages!!! Yup, I ordered seeds for baby bok choy and pak choy varieties. I know that we love using them at home so why not grow them ourselves and then sell them at the market. With two ounces worth of luck we'll have enough for Drew to even use them to cook with at the market. Wish us luck in our growing endeavor cause that means you get to enjoy tasty samples! :)


Remember to mark your calendars so that you can be sure to join us on opening day of Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market...the Bluegrass Farmers' Market!


~*~OPENING DAY~*~


April 17th

3450 Richmond Rd. in the parking lot of

Fast Signs and Pedal the Planet

9 until 2

Free and Easy Parking!!!


Hope to see you there!

 
 

Holiday Shopping with Herb'n Renewal!

We've had an unexpected change of plans, so Herb'n Renewal will NOT be at Botanica's Christmas Bazaar...but you'll still be able to find plenty of other goodies!

*~*Botanica's Christmas Market and Bazaar*~*


Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, November 29, 2009 12:00 noon – 5:00pm


A great time to get your Christmas shopping out of the way...

while supporting local artisans, growers and producers!


Botanica will have our wonderful Christmas gifts and decor including

fresh wreaths, garland, and centerpieces!


Craft Vendors will be offering unique gifts


Reflections of Africa's bead work

Handmade Swarovski & Silpada designed jewelry

Wooden nativity scenes

Personalized stationary by The Envelope Please and Itouch

Handcrafted baskets

Painted ceramic tiles

Christmas ornaments

Mary Kay® products.


Kentucky Proud Members will be bringing


Fresh produce

Jams and jellies

Homemade soaps

Beer cheese

State-winning local honey from Keith Green

Goodies from Karamel Kreations

Handmade quilts

Gourd birdhouses

Animal fiber art/felting/spinning

And, so much more!



~*~ Refreshments will be provided ~*~


Bring 1 canned food item for a chance to win a custom designed wreath!

Food donations are going to The Lighthouse Ministries


Directions:


From Lexington, go out Richmond Road to Jacobson Park and bear right on Old Richmond Road. Go exactly 4 miles


From I-75 go to the Athens-Richmond Road exit, go to Jacobson Park (about 2-3 miles), turn left on Old Richmond Road and go exactly 4 miles

 
 
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