Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What perfume do farmers wear?

Hello Elmira,

What perfume does a farmer wear?

I found this great perfumery called Demeter Fragrance Library that makes “comfort scents” - scents based upon real life objects and experiences. My current favorite is “Dirt” - smells to me like, well, DIRT - brings back my most favorite early memories of visiting my Grampa and Father in our greenhouse in the middle of winter. Warm, green, and moist. I also wear their “Greenhouse” which doesn’t smell like our greenhouse because we never grew flowers in ours - I like to mix it with “Dirt.” I also have their “Wet Garden” which smells like April - I also mix that with “Dirt”. “Sugar Cane” smells like Louisiana - also mix it with “Dirt”. I like their “Rain” - again mixed with “Dirt”. And their “Snow” just by itself - reminds me of wet snow pants and sledding on the dike. Other ones I want to try are “Fresh Hay,” “Grass,” “Green Tomato,” “Tomato,” and “Parsley.”

They make hundreds of fragrances not just garden smells. Check them out at

This week in our farm stand we have corn, tomatoes - including those fabulous heirlooms, zucchini and yellow squash, new potatoes, nice small cabbages, swiss chards, onions. Peppers and melons coming soon.

Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change. Visit our website if you need a map. Please pass this email on to anyone who may like it.

Our motto is "We Grow What We Sell"

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Emailers

Hello Elmira,
Welcome to our new Emailers. My goodness a lot of you joined in the last two weeks – over a 100 new addresses. Welcome. I’ll give you a brief intro into our family farm….

My name is Diane Janowski and I write this newsletter once a week or so to let you folks know what’s what on the farm. Besides working on the farm I have 4 or 5 other occupations – depends on the time of day. Anyway, this is our 135th growing season here on Esty Street. We’ve been here since 1873. I am the 5th generation. Homegrown vegetables at Janowski Gardens in 2008 will include sweet corn, cabbage, squash, potatoes, beans, strawberries, lettuce, Swiss chard, onions, collards, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and melons. Lots more family history, photos, nice slideshow, and recipes from our cookbook can be found at our website

Check out our new page – “Watch our Flowers Grow” – click on the flower on the homepage. All our archived newsletters (3 years worth) are available on our Blog – off of our homepage.

We also have a vegetable hotline (recorded message) to let you know the availability of produce on any day 734-4406.

This week in our farm stand we have CORN, lettuces, beets, Swiss chard, basil, green onions, kale, collard greens, zucchini and yellow squash, and our favorite zinnias.

Tomatoes will be along soon – including those great Heirlooms.

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

Janowski Gardens is open every day on Elmira’s Southside. Remember to bring exact change. Visit our website if you need a map.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Japanese Beetles are here

Hello Elmira,

Yikes, the Japanese beetles have attacked. They were interested in two things – each other, and eating my zinnias. They have calmed down since I put up 5 beetle traps. I probably caught two thousand.

This week in our farm stand we have spinach, several kinds of lettuces, mixed baby greens, beets, Swiss chard, basil, green onions, kale, collard greens, zucchini and yellow squash, zinnias. Some of you lucky people may have gotten my special mixed baby greens on Thursday - I added some beet sprouts, baby spinach, golden purslane, and one other green but I lost the label so I don’t remember its name right off hand. Corn is coming soon. Tomatoes, too - they are huge.

I started something new on the website “Watch our Flowers Grow” - you can see the progress of our zinnia crop week by week. I did start selling zinnias at the Ithaca Farmers Market this past Tuesday. Went well except it was really hot!

We Grow What We Sell

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

Farmers' Market Day

Hello Elmira,
Kind of a damp week on the farm. I went to the Big Flats Farmers’ Market yesterday and just beat the rain at 6:00 - it was a downpour.

This is an in-between week. Strawberries and peas are just about gone. Zucchini and yellow squash in about 7 days, beans in about 10 days, corn about July 14.

This week at our farm stand we have spinach, lettuce, and young beets. Our stand is open daily from dawn to dusk - although our best choices are after 9:00am.

We Grow What We Sell.

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens


Hello Elmira,
That was too hot. Today is quite refreshing. The rain helped a little but we have been irrigating everyday because of the dryness. Everything is growing better now.

This week at our Farm Stand we have STRAWBERRIES, an extremely limited quantity of PEAS (first-come, first-served - please no orders for peas), lettuce, mixed greens, spinach, and radishes.

We are open seven days a week – please stop by and visit us.

"We Grow What We Sell"

Diane Janowski
Janowski Gardens

First Newsletter of 2008

Hello Elmira,

It has been a slow spring on the farm – with the cool nights so far. This week we planted tomatoes, including those great Heirloom Tomatoes we had last year, peppers – sweet, hot, and my favorite - jalapenos, and zinnias.

We had to purchase a new New Holland tractor this past winter. It makes planting much easier.

Our first corn was ankle-high by Memorial Day. The cabbages for the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Festival are coming along nicely. The blackberry bushes are in bloom. Killdeers are making nests in the fields.

Dramatic News from Janowski Gardens!

Farm Stand News…
Our stand on Esty Street is open for business, and will be open “dawn to dusk” all through the summer. (You’ll find a better selection by about 9am.)

This week we have spinach, mixed green lettuce, and radishes. Strawberries and peas are coming soon.

2. Farmers Market News…

After 11 years, Janowski Gardens will not be returning to Wisner Market in downtown Elmira. We will concentrate our produce offering at our stand on Esty Street.

Diane has decided to sell Zinnias (only) at the Tuesday Ithaca Farmers Market in DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY.

Please visit us at home, 517 Esty Street. Janowski Gardens is the only farm garden located within the city limits of Elmira. It’s fun for the whole family. Remember to bring exact change for the honor box.

Thank you.

Janowski Gardens