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“GROWING THE GOOD LIFE” 

Honey Rock News
E-mail honeyrock@ntown.net      (865)-984-0954     honeyrockherbfarm.com     
                                 
Spring 2019
        

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience
Everything that sets us back into the slow cycles of nature
is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace."

                                                                              Mary Saxton 

                                   

Spring Greetings!

Well, it's that time again.  Daffodils are abundant.  The greaa and weeds are competing for attention.  Our two ducks Sam and Janet, are back in our pond (ask us about their names), and even though we have more daylight there doesn't seem to be enough hours, or energy, in a day to accomplish what we want.  We didn't seem to have any winter damage to speak of.  Our second outside bay tree has made it through another year.  We had damage last year, but it looks good now.  We don't advise planting bay outside.  It is a gamble.  The lavenders look ratty, but I say that every year.  They will pretty-up....maybe next year.  Jim just cut our butterfly bushes way back.  This will make for bigger and more more blooms.  I don't know what I'm doing with our climbing rose. She's going everywhere.  The lattice arch she's growing on is on its last year.  Maybe we'll start over with the rose when we replace it. 

Sad news, we lost our last hive of bees in October.  We started bee keeping 40 years go and at one time had 20 hives.  We're not the only ones.  Several locl beekeepers have lost hives as well.  I don't mean to discourage anyone from going into beekeeping, quite the opposite.  We need beekeepers badly and many people are doing quite well.  We'll get back into it someday.  In the mean time we'll still call ourselves "Honey" Rock Herb Farm. We did tap 4 maple trees in Jan/Feb.  We harvested about 10 gallons of sap which boiled down to 1 quart of yummy syrup.  Hard work, but well worth it.

Open by Appointment

  We have decided this year to forego our Spring Fever Day, and to be open by appointment instead of having regular hours.  I hope this won't be an inconvenience for you.  We are  here most of all the time but at Jim's age (ha!) we would like to free up a little more time to do other things.  We hope this won't keep you from visiting us.  We love to have you.  Just give us a call at 865-984-0954 and tell us you're coming.  Our goal is to "Sell Happiness With Every Plant"

Maryville Farmers' Market

Beginning April 20th, you can find us at the Maryville Farmers' Market.  You'll also find many good people with lots of great products such as produce, meats, baked goods, jellies, goat milk soap, eggs, plants and flowers.  Our market is in Founders Dquare on Broadway in downtown Maryville, Saturdays 9am to sell out.  We're proud to say we're a producer only market, so all our vendors have produced and or grown what they sell.

In the Kitchen

I remembered this recipe from our friend Stephen Lee of Louisville, KY.  It's healthy and full of flavor.

White Bean, Tuna, & Herb Salad

3 Cups White Beans, cooked & drained
2 Cups Tuna, packed in water, drained
1 Large Tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
3 Tablespoons Basil, fresh, chopped
2 Tablespoons Chives, fresh, chopped
1 Tablespoon Italian Parsley
2 Tablespoons Herb  Vinegar (your  favorite)
5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons, Dijon Mustard, coarse grain is best
1 Teaspoon Pepper, freshly ground
Kosher or sea salt to taste
      Combine the beans, tuna, tomato, and whatever herbs you have chosen to use to use in a large salad bowl.  In a smaller bow;, whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, pepper, and salt.  Pour over the bean mixture, toss well.  Allow to sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to develop.  Toss again and serve with some wonderful homemde crusty bread.

In Conclusion
As always we appreciate your support and friendship.  We look forward to seeing you soon, either here at Honey Rock or at the Farmers' Market.  Until then, as Joni Mitchell says "We've got to get back to the Garden."

Peace and Plenty
D. & Jim
Honey Rock Herb Farm




Honey Rock Herb Farm,
PO Box 23, Louisville, TN 37777
 865-984-0954
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  Location: 113 Honey Rock Way

 

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