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"