Month: June 2018

Flower Shopping

Guests after their Greenhouse Tour!Many of our guests come up to Lancaster to shop at the local nurseries, many of which just happen to be Amish owned.   It’s interesting to us how many people drive out for the weekend to buy plants – but I will say, our guests come back with beautiful plants and great deals!

So, to help you find your favorite greenhouse/nursery, we reached out to several of our guests who come just to buy annuals, perennials, and sometimes their veggie starts.  These are the places they told us you MUST visit:

 

Must See Greenhouses:

Whispering Willow Greenhouse.  Whispering Willow is located at 1137 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17581.  Check the link for their hours.

Leids GreenhouseBeautiful Basket at Leid's Greenhouse.  This is a greenhouse we learned about when some Amish Friends of ours asked if we’d take them to the nursery.  I do not garden, and I loved it!  We bought veggie starts for a fantastic price – $1.29 each for 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower and onions.  The tomatoes already had huge green tomatoes on them and the 4″ pot was less than $5!!  Mr. Carriage Corner also went crazy with the annuals and perennials, buying several beautiful climbers to plant around Carriage Corner to add lots of spring and summer color to the yard.

Riverside Greenhouse (doesn’t have a website).  Our guests say they have unique colors of petunias and that’s why they go.  This greenhouse is also located in Ephrata at 1751 Division Hwy and is open Monday through Friday until 8p and Saturday until 5.

Zimmerman’s Greenhouse.  Zimmerman’s is only open seasonally, from mid-March through July 4th.  BUT they are open Monday through Friday until 8pm and Saturdays until 5pm.  Zimmerman’s Greenhouse is located in Ephrata at 421 Brossman Road.

Greenhouse Tour Map

Route to the Greenhouses listed

I Don’t Flower.

If you’re like me and love flowers but don’t have a green thumb, well, you’ll want to check out Flower and Home Marketplace in East Earl.  This is what one of our guests had to say about the Flower and Home Marketplace:  The selection of artificial flowers is never ending!  They are so lifelike! I’m not an artificial flower person at all but I’ve purchased quite a few from there! Jenn S.; Wayland, NY.

Since you’re headed out to purchase flowers, why not make a weekend of it?  Book into our Dahlia room – named after the quilt pattern, based on the flower.  We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your greenhouse excursions.

Peach Rhubarb Jam

Peach Rhubarb JamIn honor of the Rhubarb Festival at Kitchen Kettle in May, this year I came up with a new recipe.  As so often happens, I am inspired by a thought or a meal we had somewhere.  When we lived in Seattle, we had several rhubarb plants growing in our yard and often gave it away.  After sharing a large bunch with a friend, I asked her what she was going to do with it.  Peach Rhubarb Crisp was her answer.   That’s sound yummy. That summer I added peaches to my family’s favorite Rhubarb Crunch and it was yummy.  So, the peach/rhubarb combo has been bouncing around in my brain for a few years now.  This year, I decided I wanted to make jam – so I started with the google.    I started with a recipe from pipandebby and modified from there for my taste.

Here you go!

Peach Rhubarb Jam

What You Need:

  • 6 cups rhubarb, cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 T vanilla
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 cups chopped peaches (I used frozen)

What You Do:

  1. Combine rhubarb, sugar, vanilla & lemon juice in a large enough pan.  Mix well and let sit for about an hour.  (I made rhubarb crunch and granola while I was waiting).
  2. Add peaches to the mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat and simmer until jam starts to thicken and sticks to the back of a spoon.
  4. Let cool slightly before pouring into a prepared mason jars.  Seal tightly and water bath.  Peach Rhubarb Parfair

How We Use:

  • Serve jam along side rhubarb scones for a yummy double rhubarb treat;
  • Layer Peach Rhubarb Jam with greek yogurt and your favorite granola for a lovely parfait;
  • Top vanilla ice cream; or
  • Eat with a spoon.

Check out our instagram video of making the parfait.  Please let me know if you make this.