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