Tak'in the guesswork out of seasoning your food!
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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
Check out the market blog to see what is going on...
You can find us at the...
April 12, 2014 through October 25, 2014
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!
Posted by Karin
@ 03:17 PM EDT
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
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/
Posted by Karin
@ 11:43 AM EDT
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! :)
Posted by Karin
@ 12:06 PM EDT
We've had three people contact us this week asking for a way to use up their leftover pork after the New Year dinner. Not a problem for us, because we love leftovers! It's a great chance to get creative and try something new without the fear of a disaster that cost you loads of money. Believe me, we've had one or two that ended up in Addie's bowl, but what the heck...we tried and we've come up with some recipes to share with you using some of our seasoning blends.
The first in the series (weekly, I hope) uses our Chili Season'n just cause the “Hog Wild Chili” is a great dish for Super Bowl Sunday. It is worth buying a pork loin if you don't have leftovers...I promise! We have a bachelor customer who serves this each year on Super Bowl Sunday and he tells us that his “man cave” is “the” place to be because of the chili!
Hog Wild Chili
3 lbs. pork loin, cubed
2 tbsp. Bacon drippings
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup diced green pepper
1 12 oz. can of beer
1 28 oz. Can diced tomatoes
1 29 oz. Can tomato sauce
3 tbsp. Chili Season'n
1 30 oz. Can chili beans
1 15.5 oz cans of Northern beans
Brown pork in bacon drippings until moisture is reduced and meat is lightly browned. Add peppers and onions; saute' 5 minutes. Add beer, tomatoes, sauce and Chili Season'n. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add beans and return to a simmer and cook until meat is tender...approximately 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. If chili is not the desired thickness, add 1 tbsp. of cornmeal at a time to thicken ...make sure you stir after adding each spoonful.
Enjoy and may your team win! :)
Posted by Karin
@ 11:41 AM EST
Just in case you missed the salsa sampling at the Tomato Festival last Sunday, Drew is making another big batch for tomorrow at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market! It was a big hit so don't miss out on a another chance to sample a simple, easy to make...yet fresh and delicious salsa!
Our Salsa Season'n really does take the guesswork out of making salsa! Nothing more than chopped tomatoes, green peppers and onions...with some Salsa Seasoning. It just doesn't get any easier than that. Folks were asking if it was hot and spicy. Well, I am a wimp when it comes to spicy foods and I love it. But, for those of you who prefer killer hot salsa, you can always add a hot pepper to really spice it up. We describe our Salsa Season'n as spicy enough to be great and yet not hot enough to make ya sweat!
We'll be at the Bluegrass Farmers' Market from 9 until 2...stop by and have a sample with us. While you're there you can shop for nothing but the finest and freshest homegrown fruits and veggies. It's Lexington's only 100% homegrown/produced farmers market!
BTW...the “Zuckie” cookies will be back and so will the Herb'n Buns!
Hope to see you at the market!
Posted by Karin
@ 08:30 AM EDT
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!
Posted by Karin
@ 07:20 AM EDT
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!
Posted by Karin
@ 10:01 AM EDT
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
Painted ceramic tiles
Mary Kay® products.
Kentucky Proud Members will be bringing
Jams and jellies
State-winning local honey from Keith Green
Goodies from Karamel Kreations
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
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
Posted by Karin
@ 09:09 AM EST
Well, at least our Chili Season'n is!
We were lucky enough to have one of our seasoning blends chosen to be included in the gift bags that the attendees at the BlueGrass Ball will receive on inauguration eve. Karin was busy designing and printing some special packaging while Drew blended each night when he came home from the restaurant. Caros takes a bunch out him but this was very important so he stood out in the kitchen until the wee hours of the morning making sure that we had enough for Karin to package and get them on their way to Washington D.C. We're quite honored that Herb'n Renewal was one of the Kentucky Proud farms to be chosen. And, we certainly hope that the recipients enjoy their Chili Season'n!
Posted by Karin
@ 01:25 PM EST
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!
Posted by Karin
@ 08:16 AM EST
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