. I feel like Laura Ingalls in “Little House On The Prairie”! This past summer and fall our kitchen was in canning mode.
Tomatoes were made into paste, salsa, juice and spaghetti sauce.
Peppers were canned as candied jalapeños, used in salsas, roasted bell peppers in olive oil, fermented serranos are in the back of the fridge and my favorite sweet snack peppers cut up and frozen and also made into an awesome mustard.
Eggplants were used in a wonderful spread recipe “Zucasca” suggested by a friend.
Cherries from Cloudcroft were put up in a syrup and are sitting in the back of the pantry waiting for a special Sunday dinner of “Milch Mousse” a German cold soup.
Dill pickles from the freshest cucumbers picked in the morning from our gardens.
Onions dried and put into storage along with the spaghetti squash and yes the pumpkins!
Pumpkins do not can well so they are either made to purée and frozen or used fresh in soups.
below is a recipe for Whole Pumpkin Soup
Many of our seeds come from this Merchant below which we are an affiliate of.
We receive a percentage of the sale if you use our webpage to get to this merchant.
Thanks for supporting us.
Dahlias are a favorite of many.
Every year I have customers asking for them.
We have finally found a good source for ordering them and would like to share that information.
If you click on the above photo it will take you to an affiliate of ours.
Affiliate to Blumenflor means that this merchant has approved us of selling their products online.
I am new at this and am finally understanding how it all works.
In this time of computers, social media and technology you can go online and order just about anything and have it delivered to your front door within days. Convenient, practical and sometimes at a great discount than a local store.
As a small business in a rural setting we also rely on the online stores to order sometimes.
Shop local first is our goal.
If we don’t have a certain product... such as Dahlias we can now refer you to an online store.
That referral doesn’t cost you anything but to us it means a lot if you would go through our links that we provide for you on this webpage or the Blumenflor website.
We receive a percentage of each sale which again as mentioned does not cost you extra.
It is in a sense shopping local and supporting your local businesses.
So when you are shopping online drive over (with your mouse!) to a local merchant’s webpage, see if they are affiliates with maybe one of your favorite online stores and go through their website to place an order. I bet y’all will feel good about that.
Blumenflor is in the process of being approved by more merchants and will display them on our website soon.
In the mean time check out the wonderful assortment of dahlias... they even had some good sales of 69% off plus free shipping if you buy over $75.
Thanks for supporting Blumenflor!
January 4, 2020
In looking forward it is sometimes good to reflect on the past. This past year at Blumenflor has been a year of blessings!
This little garden center has grown.
The metal building was finally enclosed from the front after 3 years of waiting. We now can have our Farmers Markets inside when the wind is howling outside.
A routine is falling into place...
January and February we are closed for general maintenance,
March - October Farmers Market the 3rd Saturday of the month,
CSA pickups Saturday mornings May-October,
tree orders come in Spring and Fall ,
rose bushes for May and in between we seed,grow, propagate, transplant, weed, garden and of course serve our customers with a very knowledgeable staff.
Our blessings this past year:
finishing the Metal building.
Providing vegetables to our CSA members for 25 weeks, we missed one Saturday because our Manager was getting married.
We now have a 4 lane highway in front of our business! No more watching our customers wrangle the traffic to try to turn into our driveway praying for their safety!
Spring Sales up especially the Mother’s Day roses which are special ordered from Tyler Texas each year.
We are extra blessed with employees who have a high standard work ethic!
Re doing the plastic on our greenhouse was a challenge but it turned out better than expected.
Building the vendor stalls in the Metal building using pallets. Reuse, redo, recycle, use what we have is our motto.
Laying all the drip irrigation in the gardens and rolling them back up and organizing them for the winter.
Seeding, seeding, seeding. Transplanting, transplanting and transplanting!
Love our team members, they are the best!
So very thankful for God’s protective hand in all our work.
We look forward to a year filled with joy and pride in our work.
Hopefully more blogs will be made and time found to inform our customers of the happenings here at Blumenflor.
Go onto our website at www.blumenflor.com or look us up on Facebook and instagram under Blumenflor.
Or just come by and talk gardening!