Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Harvest Day at Janowski Gardens


Hello Elmira,
Although Wisner Market is over for the season, Janowski Gardens is still going strong. We still have plenty of vegetables for hungry Elmirans. If you’ve never been to our farm stand to see what we offer, tomorrow is your day.



Harvest Day at Janowski Gardens
Celebrate the Harvest Season with us
Thursday, October 4 from 3 to 6pm
Donuts and Cider
Seasonal produce
517 Esty Street on Elmira’s Southside


Seasonal produce this week includes corn, lettuce, spinach, mini-cabbages, collards, kale, squash – winter and summer, eggplants, Swiss chard, beans, and potatoes. We also have corn stalks, corn wreaths, pumpkins, and gourds.

The Janowski Gardens Cookbook will also be available - every recipe includes at least one ingredient that is grown in our garden. Our vegetables, fruit, and herbs can help you eat sensibly and stay healthy - and they taste GREAT, too! Enjoy our innovative, yet simple and easy to prepare recipes. I’ll be happy to sign copies.

Denny and my parents will be there, too.

So, come on over tomorrow to find Elmira’s best kept secret – check out our produce and have some donuts and cider. Here’s a link for a map to our location
MAP to our farm
Janowski Gardens will be open at least until the last frost this autumn.

Thanks again to our Wisner Market patrons –
Diane, Denny, Bob & Hilde Janowski

PS Don’t forget the Elmira Open Studio Tour this weekend.
Elmira Open Studio Tour
Denny and I are artists on the Tour. Come on over.

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Loose Ends


Hello Elmira,
Today is a day of loose ends.

First, let me say "thank you" to those who have asked about my foot and the tractor incident. It’s been three months, most of the pain is gone, but there is still a good sore lump. Bone bruises sometimes last forever.

2. I added new fall/winter shirts on our Gift Shop website. If you would like to see them they’re at OUR GIFT SHOP

3. Thursday is our last day at Wisner Market. Come on over, but if you miss it my father and I have decided to have our own “at-home farmers’ market day” –
Janowski Harvest Day - on Thursday, October 4 from 3pm to 6pm at our farm stand.
We will have our expanded produce line – like what we bring to Wisner Market and full sales service. Denny and I, and my parents will be there. Come visit us! We still have a lot of farm produce to pick before fall arrives.

4. Denny and I are again on the Elmira Open Studio Tour
Saturday, October 6 from 10 to 5, or Sunday, October 7 from 12 to 5.
The website for the tour (with a map and artist info) is Elmira Open Studio Tour

Denny will be showing his recent drawings and I will be showing my short films and my history books. My film “Waking Up in the South” recently won the Editors’ Choice Award on Crackle.com if you would like to see it – it’s at CRACKLE

5. We will have plenty of Tony’s Creole Seasoning samples to give away this week at the Wisner Market. Creole is not hot, but rather very well-rounded. We use it on everything instead of salt. Be sure to get some.

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, pumpkins, gourds, beets, eggplants, squashes, lettuce, beans, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, and really hot jalapenos.

Please pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit Janowski Gardens Website now

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Secret Fantasy



Hello Elmira,
I’ve always had a secret fantasy. I want to host a German Festival, complete with steaming vats of sauerkraut, hot dogs, bratwurst, mustard, hot potato salad, and cabbage salad. Of course, a polka band, and dancers. Kind of like the annual Sauerkraut Festival in Phelps, New York – only BIGGER! I could do it.

Well, anyway I can give you some ideas of making your own German Dinner. First, you need some good hotdogs or bratwurst – for this get Hofmann brand (out of Syracuse) German Franks or Bratwurst– they even have a package of half franks half bratwurst. Hofmann’s are the best. Thick, crunchy skin. Or you can be good and get the fat-free Oscar Meyer’s – the trick with them is to fry them in a little olive oil get a good brown skin going– helps disguise the texture. Next, you need some good sauerkraut – SilverFloss in the bag. Be sure to rinse off all the salt water. Then you need some....

Hot German Potato Salad (from the Janowski Gardens Cookbook)

3 medium potatoes - cooked and sliced into 1/4” slices
4 slices bacon - diced
1/2 onion - chopped

Sauce
1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and black pepper to taste

In pan, fry bacon and onion - when brown enough for you add sauce ingredients and heat to boiling. Pour over hot potatoes and serve.


Now, true Germans wouldn’t put a hotdog or bratwurst on a bun – they would cut the meat into chunks and dip it into brown mustard. A mustard like Kosciusko mustard – not German but ok, or a Creole Mustard like Zatarains – you want something brown and chunky – no offense to French’s Mustard (incidentally George French was born in Elmira, accidentally). His parents were on their way by train to New York City. His mom, who was expecting a baby, didn’t feel too good and needed to stop in Elmira to rest. As these things happen, George, the baby, was born in Elmira. Dad was a spice merchant and had to get to a meeting in NYC, and left his family here for several weeks. As soon as Mom and George were able to travel, they rejoined Dad in NYC. Eventually, George grew up, went to Rochester and discovered yellow mustard in 1904. But, I digress…..

You can fix your hotdog on a bun if you like with French’s mustard.

PS Hofmann’s hotdogs, SilverFloss sauerkraut, Kosciusko and Zatarains Creole Mustard are available at Wegman’s – potatoes are available at Janowski’s.


I made several corn wreaths yesterday - they are available in our stand for $20 each - first come first served (see attachment). This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, pumpkins, gourds, beets, eggplants, squashes, lettuce, beans, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, and really hot jalapenos.

Please pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit Janowski Gardens Website now


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

I'm from Elmira



Hello Elmira,
That was some rain. Nearly six inches on Esty Street – my father is a rain/snow spotter for the National Weather Service. Not good for tomatoes – they split right open. They were good while they lasted.

In Janowski news this week, our farm was accepted into the “Pride of New York” program. It is a network of New York growers and food manufacturers who proudly provide a rich and diverse array of quality products such as locally grown produce, syrups and sauces, cheese, honey, meats, pasta and baked goods. You can check it out on line at
Pride of New York

The Pride of New York Program promotes and supports the sale of agricultural products grown, and food products processed within New York State. The Program’s membership includes 2,000 farmers and processors, retailers, distributors, restaurants, and related culinary and support associations - all working together to bring you wholesome, quality New York State products. Not bad!

At this week’s Wisner Market I will have cute little “I’m from Elmira” lapel buttons. Produce this week: Corn, beets, eggplants, squashes – summer and winter, lettuce, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, red peppers, spicy peppers, hot peppers, and jalapenos. Three more weeks of the Market.

And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.
Visit JanowskiGardens.COM


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Sunday, September 09, 2007

It's Ragweed Season........

Hello Elmira,
Are you sneezing and coughing, too? Yes, its ragweed season. The ragweed is nose-high on the farm. I can’t use antihistamines or decongestants because of my thyroid disease – but homeopathy works good for me. I’m hoping for a good rain soon to wash the pollen away. I get the daily pollen email letter from

http://www.pollen.com/
That’s always interesting to know what pollen is attacking me.

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, tomatoes - regular and heirlooms (heirlooms are our best tasting), beets, eggplants, squashes – summer and winter, lettuce, beans, kale, potatoes, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, red peppers, spicy peppers, supersweet peppers, hot peppers, and jalapenos.
And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Thanks for coming to my Book Signing!


Hello Elmira,

Thanks to everyone who came to my book signing at the Olde Tyme Summer Festival in Brand Park on Sunday. We had a great time.

What can I say about this week? Saturday was way too hot. This week I froze edamame and red peppers – and dried catnip, basil, and oregano. Yes, it’s time to think about winter. The attached photo is "Corn Pickers of 1910."

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, tomatoes - regular and heirlooms, beets, eggplants, melons, squashes, lettuce, beans, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, red peppers, spicy peppers, supersweet peppers, hot peppers, and really hot jalapenos.

Please pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.

Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Too dry!

Hello Elmira,
Yes, the rain is good – it has been bone dry all summer and we are tired of irrigating. Its hard work moving those pipes around every day. Because of the dryness everything’s had a tough time this summer. Especially the peppers, beans, basil and lettuce. It could rain for a few more days, and we would be happy.

As long as it doesn’t rain on Sunday for the Olde Tyme Summer Festival in Brand Park. I will be there to sign my cookbooks (just look for the familiar Janowski Gardens tent). The craft and antique fair is from 10:00am to 5:00pm, the classic car show from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, music in the park from 12:00pm to 5:00pm with Donal O'Shaughnessy Irish Music and Prism, the duck race at 3:00pm, the firetruck from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and games, rides, costume characters, food vendors, and fun for the whole family all day!

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, tomatoes - regular and heirlooms, beets, eggplants, melons, squashes, lettuce, beans, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, red peppers, spicy peppers, supersweet peppers, hot peppers, and if they’re not hot enough for you we also have jalapenos.
And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM

Thanks,
Diane

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Janowski Gardens Cookbook

Hello Elmira,
Well, I finally did it. I am very happy to announce that my cookbook is available. Here’s the press release:

HEALTHFUL HISTORIC COOKBOOK PUBLISHED

What happens when you stir up recipes with fresh vegetables and the history of a German family that emigrates to Elmira, New York in 1872?

Author, local historian, and cook, Diane Janowski answers this question and more in the Janowski Gardens Cookbook, a collection of her favorite recipes. Janowski Gardens Cookbook offers healthy-eating recipes ranging from soups and sauces, meat, poultry and fish, eggs and cheese, to desserts. Every recipe includes at least one vegetable ingredient grown at Janowski Gardens and it’s all served up with the history, humor and wit for which Diane is well known.

Interspersed throughout the book are photos and stories of the Janowski family and farm, one of Elmira’s best-kept secret wonderful places. Janowski Gardens has been a family-owned and operated vegetable growing enterprise on Esty Street on Elmira’s Southside for 134 years.

Diane Janowski, a local history writer in Elmira, New York, who served as the editor of the Chemung Historical Journal from 1999 to 2006, now publishes the New York History Review. Janowski has written two other history books this year through New York History Review Press - The Great Inter-State Fair, Elmira, New York 1890, and Victorian Pride – Forgotten Songs of Central New York 1841-1885.

New York History Review Press is proud to release the Janowski Gardens Cookbook (112 pp., $18.95) available at:
Janowski Gardens

or visit the Janowski Gardens stand at Elmira Wisner Market

or order online at: JanowskiGardens.com

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will bring corn, tomatoes - regular and heirlooms (heirlooms were a big hit last week), edamame, beets, eggplants, melons, squashes, lettuce, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, and cabbage, green peppers, hot peppers, and if they’re not hot enough for you we also have jalapenos.
And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM

Diane Janowski
"We Grow What We Sell"
Janowski Gardens

A Good Time at the Chemung County Fair

Hello Elmira,
Last week was the Chemung County Fair. Janowski Gardens did very well in the Farm Produce category - see attached photo. We received 9 first prize blue ribbons for Swiss chard, yellow beans, cauliflower, corn, beets, cucumbers, broccoli, cabbage, and green peppers. We received 2 second prize red ribbons for pickles and tomatoes.

Other than that, it’s been hot and dry. We’ve been irrigating round the clock. Moving those pipes is a very hard job by itself.

My edamame (soybeans) are finally ready and I will have some at Wisner Market. They have been a struggle for me to grow them – Japanese beetles really like them, and they are planted in a place where I’ve had to hand-water them for many weeks now.

Also, new this week are our heirloom tomatoes – we have two kinds - Pruden's Purple and Brandywine. They are the best tomatoes I have ever eaten. Denny and I had BLTs yesterday with heirloom tomatoes. Oh my gosh are they good. They are much meatier than regular tomatoes.

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will have corn, tomatoes (regular and heirloom), beets, eggplants, melons, squashes, lettuce, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, and nice little heads of cabbage – perfect for two people, green peppers, hot peppers, and if they’re not hot enough for you we also have jalapenos. We love jalapenos at our house. I put them in everything.

And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

The Crazy Time of the Summer

Hello Elmira,
Right now is the crazy time of the summer for us. Everything is growing great. We have big tomatoes this year. Peppers are just starting. Wonderful corn. Melons are almost ready. Come on over to our stand on Esty Street and see what we have.

This week at Elmira’s Wisner Market we will have corn, tomatoes, beets, green peppers, hot peppers and if they’re not hot enough for you we also have jalapenos, eggplants, squashes, lettuce, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, collard greens, and nice little heads of cabbage – perfect for 2 people.

And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Visit JanowskiGardens.COM


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Let's Go Swimming

Hello Elmira,
It’s been a good week on the farm. The rain was surely welcomed. The soybeans (edamame) are coming along nicely – should be ready for picking by next week.

I’ve been using my food dehydrator to dry herbs for the past week. So far I’ve done basil, catnip, thyme, summer savory, and mint.

Today’s photo is good for this time of the summer – swimming in the Chemung River – my great Aunt Anna is third from the left.

Thursday at the Wisner Market we will have our wonderful CORN, Swiss chard, potatoes, kale and collards, zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers and pickles, basil and parsley. Maybe some tomatoes and peppers if I can find some. Come on down – the weather should be great! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that Wisner Market opens at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Janowski Gardens' Exciting Day

Hello Elmira,

Yesterday was sure an exciting day for Janowski Gardens. Last week Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County asked us if we would like to meet Hillary Clinton who would at the Big Flats Farmers’ Market. They said she especially wanted to meet farmers and discuss the farm bill. Of course, we said yes.


So, we worked all day Sunday to prepare for the market. On Monday, we followed the instructions on when and where to be in Big Flats. We had a great location for our tent and worked hard on our display – something we thought that Hillary would like – with some eye-catching zinnias. And we waited. It was hot, and there were a lot of people.
Hillary arrived and went inside the Community Center, which is very nice by the way. She spoke about the value of local farmers and the farm bill.

After her meeting, she came out, and the Secret Service pushed everyone aside so she could visit our tent. Hillary came up to me and said, “It’s so nice to see you again.” (She had met Denny and I in 1999.) I introduced her to my mom and dad, and Denny reintroduced himself. Attached photo is Hillary shaking Denny's hand. She said that our produce looked wonderful and that she enjoyed local farmers’ markets. I gave her a Janowski Gardens Cookbook. She got the very first copy. She looked through it and said, “Well, these recipes look very good.” Then she went along the side of the tent where the zinnias had been – they had already sold out. She said, “Oh pickles, how do you fix them?” My mom told her how to fix them in a salad. She said she would like to buy some. I gave her six in a bag and handed them to her. Her aide paid me. Hillary said, “Thank you, I will enjoy these.” She continued into the main tent and spoke to some more vendors then left to go to Binghamton.

Not our typical Monday. It was a great day.

At this week’s Wisner Market, Janowski Gardens will have our famous “Presidential pickles,” cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, cabbage, lettuce, beets, kale and collards, potatoes, spinach, and BEANS. Maybe some peppers if I can find some. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.

Visit our website if you need a map.


Visit JanowskiGardens.COM

Diane Janowski

Janowski Gardens

Is it Hot enough for you?

Hello Elmira,
Is it hot enough for you? Yes, actually yesterday was TOO hot and today might be just as bad. Heat exhaustion feels crummy so here’s some summer heat tips from us farmers:

* Drink lots of liquids. Don't wait until you're thirsty, by then, there's a good chance you're already on your way to being dehydrated. Electrolyte drinks like Gatorade are good for replacing both water, and minerals lost through sweating. We drink gallons of Gatorade on the farm. Keep your potassium and sodium levels up on really hot days – eat more potatoes (potato chips are great for salt and potassium), and bananas.

* Take a break if you notice you're getting a headache, or you start feeling overheated. Cool off for a few minutes in the shade before going back to work.

* Wear light weight, light colored clothing when working out in the sun.

* Take advantage of fans and air-conditioners.

* Get enough sleep at night.

This week at the Elmira Wisner Market we will have zucchini and yellow squash, beets, kale and collards, spinach, and GREEN AND YELLOW BEANS. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Happy Fourth of July!

Hello Elmira,
Happy Fourth!

This week at the Elmira Wisner Market we will have zucchini and yellow squash, cucumbers, pickles, lettuce, beets, kale and collards, spinach, and BEANS. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.


Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Skin Care on the Farm - Or White Like Me

Hello Elmira,
Me and my father are cut from the same cloth – white blond cloth with freckles. We have to be careful with our skin. We take skin care seriously on the farm.

My dad always wears sunscreen with SPF 50, a big brimmed hat, long sleeves and long pants, everyday no matter how hot it is. I can’t stand being that hot so I wear shorts and t-shirts and Lands End water shoes – they let the dirt and water in and out easily. The attachment is Van Gogh's self portrait - check out his big sun hat.

I wear Eucerin SPF 30 on my face because its one of the few you can put near your eyes. The rest of me gets Coppertone oil-free SPF 30. Oil free is great because the dirt sticks less than the greasy kind and it lets skin breathe much better in the heat. I mix the Coppertone with Coppertone Endless Summer Gradual Tan in medium because I like to at least look like I’m brown, well, beige anyway in the summer. On my lips I wear Chapstick Ultra SPF 30. I even wear a hair cream with SPF 20 - Neutrogena Triple Moisture – because the sun fries my hair. I always tie up my hair under the hat brim. I do go “white blonde” in about an hour if I don’t wear a hat.

I used to always burn, but then I got thyroid disease in 2002 and for whatever reason I hardly burn anymore. I think it’s the medicine, but I’m not sure.

So that’s what I do in the morning. When I come home for lunch, I slather on another coat of everything.

By the end of the day, I wearing 2 or 3 coats of sunscreen, tanning lotion, dirt, plant and weed juice, sweat, dried up bugs, and tractor grease. Oh, the tractor grease. I keep a bottle of Ajax dish washing detergent in the barn to wash my hands. It also works great as a spot treatment for my clothes – they are just as dirty as me by the end of the day.

When I get home, I use a Kirk’s Coconut Soap – a good strong soap – and a long handled brush to get all the yuck off. Then I have to clean the bathtub because the black tractor grease comes off of me and onto the tub.

This week at the Elmira Wisner Market we will have strawberries – not enough for everyone so if you got to have strawberries COME EARLY, spinach, lettuces of all kinds, beets, kale and collards, and peas. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.




We Grow What We Sell
Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Bruise in a rainbow of colors

Hello Elmira,
I am “sort of” back to work this week after an altercation with my tractor a week and a half ago. Worst bruise I have ever had – and in a rainbow of colors. Still have a pretty good lump. I made good use of my home-sick week proofreading my upcoming cookbook “The Janowski Gardens Cook Book.” I’m in the home stretch with it – hope to have it out soon.

This week at the Elmira Wisner Market we will bring strawberries, spinach, lettuces of all kinds, beets, PEAS both sugar ann and regular, and whatever bedding plants are left. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

http://www.janowskigardens.com

PS the corn is looking GREAT! About 5 feet high this week.

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Be Nice to Toads

Hello Elmira,
I’ve been thinking about toads this week – I saw 2 really big ones while driving the tractor – I always stop and let them pass as it is bad luck to run over a toad.

Big toads used to be very prevalent in our neighborhood but have become rare in the last 20 years, so I was glad to see them. When I was little, us neighborhood kids would “collect” toads in buckets – 4 or 5 buckets of easy collecting. Uncle Henry made sure we didn’t keep them for more than a couple hours. We never hurt them and always let them go. Given the rarity of toads in our neighborhood today it would probably take me an hour to find six of any size.

Toads are very susceptible to pollution and acid rain in the environment – as they sit in the dirt and rain water. My 2 big guys were looking pretty healthy. I looked up toads on the internet to see what their story was, and it seems that we have 2 types of toads in this area – the Eastern American Toad and the Fowler’s Toad - see attachment.

The Eastern American Toad has big warts, while the Fowler’s Toad is somewhat smoother and not as warty. Both generally grow to 3 to 4 inches long – the ones I saw were bigger. Life span can be as long as 10 years but most don’t make it past the first year. Females are bigger than males.

They eat a wide variety of insects and other invertebrates, including snails, beetles, slugs, and earthworms. Unlike most toads, who wait for prey to come along and pounce on it, American toads can shoot out their sticky tongues to catch prey. They also may use their front legs in order to eat larger food. They grasp their food and push it into their mouths. One American toad can eat up to 1,000 insects every day. Unlike most toads, who wait for prey to come along and pounce on it, American toads can shoot out their sticky tongues to catch prey. They also may use their front legs in order to eat larger food. They grasp their food and push it into their mouths.

Toads do not drink water but soak it in, absorbing moisture through their skin. That’s why you see them sitting in puddles.

Remember – toads are your friends. As my Uncle Henry always said, “Be nice to toads.”

Well anyway, this week at the Elmira Wisner Market we will have strawberries – not enough for everyone in Elmira so if you've got to have strawberries COME EARLY, spinach, lettuces of all kinds, beet greens, kale and collards, radishes, plants including- zinnias, morning glories, geraniums, marigolds, impatiens, petunia, salvia, and ageratum. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.

PS our Cookbook is almost ready - visit the website for more info on it.

And our new summer of 2007 t-shirts are available through our website!


Visit our Website



Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens
"We Grow What We Sell"

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Elmira Wisner Market

Hello Elmira,

Well we finally got everything planted in the ground last week. And, the rain was great.

The Elmira Wisner Market starts this Thursday – June 7. We will have lettuce, spinach, beet greens, radishes, plants including- zinnias, morning glories, geraniums, marigolds, impatiens, petunia, salvia, and ageratum. Come on down! And pass this email on to anyone who may like to come.

Please remember that we open at 10:00AM.

For those who can’t wait until Thursday for veggies – Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change.
Visit our website if you need a map.


Visit our Website


Thanks – and see you soon,

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens
"We Grow What We Sell"

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Spinach recipes

Hello Elmira,
It’s been a good week on the farm. My father and uncle and I planted cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and bok choy. We also planted broom corn, and something new this year – soybeans - now known in the 21st century as edamame. We’ll get to that later.

But for now, in honor of the first vegetable of our season - SPINACH - I give you 2 spinach recipes – spinach salad and creamed spinach. Happy eating!

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Feta, Pecans, and Raspberry Vinaigrette

6 cups spinach
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup sliced pecans
Several sliced mushrooms
Raspberry Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1/2 pint fresh strawberries (or 1 cup dried cherries)

In a large serving bowl, toss spinach with feta cheese and almonds. Dress with raspberry vinaigrette, as desired. Divide salad among 4 salad plates; garnish with fresh raspberries; serve immediately. Refrigerate any remaining dressing.

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon or Creole mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon raw or brown sugar
3/4 cup olive oil

In a small plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and sugar; shake well. Pour in olive oil and shake until well blended.


Creamed Spinach

1 pound chopped spinach
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/3 to 1/2 cup half & half (fat-free is fine)
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, combine spinach, butter, water, and onion. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for a few minutes. Remove cover and continue to simmer. Drain off excess water. Add cream, nutmeg, and salt and pepper.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Continue simmering for a few more minutes to reduce the cream slightly. Serves 4.

Thanks,
Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens - Open Daily

Our first vegetable is.....SPINACH!

Hello Elmira,

Our farm stand is open! Right now we have tender early spinach – nice and green. Perfect for salads or, my favorite, spinach sandwiches.

After a warm winter and a cold start to spring it looks like spring really is here. Only one month until the first Elmira Wisner Market – JUNE 7. Janowski Gardens will be there – in our usual space in Wisner Park along Church Street opposite Langdon Plaza.

I’ll tell you more of what we’ll be having there on opening day when we get closer to the date.

Please visit our website where you’ll find a map and weekly vegetable updates.
http://www.janowskigardens.com

PS I published a new book this spring called “ The Great Inter-State Fair, Elmira, NY 1890” it’s about an annual fair that Elmira hosted in the Dunn Field area. If you want more information about it, or to see its cover visit
http://www.chemunghistory.com/bookstore.html

If you would like a copy they will be available at Janowski Gardens and the Wisner Market for $20 (includes tax). I have a shipment coming in about 10 days. If you would like one - let me know and I’ll put you on my list.

Looking forward to seeing you this season. Thanks very much.
Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens
“We Grow What We Sell”

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Seed catalogs

Oh, the joy of seed catalogs during a blizzard. Heirloom tomatoes and herbs. My dad reports 16" during this last go 'round.


Diane