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Plant of the Week: Strawberry Eclair

Get your taste buds ready for our newest berry on the block... Strawberry Éclair! This new gourmet strawberry boasts a unique taste with a hint of citrus and raspberry flavor to it. Strawberry Éclair is a Junebearing variety, so expect the majority of harvest in the early summer. This berry is developed from Junebearing and Everbearing relatives, so it often produces fruits longer into the season that traditional Junebearing strawberries. Allow berries to mature before picking to enjoy maximum flavor and sweetness. Enjoy these sweet treats in pies, tarts, jams and preserves... or freshly picked!

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Plant of the Week:

PIXIE GRAPES: The World's First Dwarf Grapes

With Pixie Grapes, expect the perfect patio plant with grapes the first year, miniature grape clusters and continual fruiting. Expect to be amazed! This irresistible grapevine has a natural genetic dwarfing mutation that keeps it small, yet allows it to produce sweet, mini grape clusters just like its full sized relatives. Not only do they taste great raw, but the pinot menuier grapes are used to make champagne and wine! Pixie grapes may flower just a few months from transplant and produce fruit all season long, unlike most grapes which can take several years to reach bearing age. In only 12 weeks you will have a crop of grapes in a 1 gallon pot. Growing only about 18 inches tall, it likes to live in a container and it tends not to sprawl out, which makes it a charming houseplant or patio plant. As it grows, it may require re-potting and a trellis for support. This easy-to-grow plant just needs a sunny spot, moist and a little pruning in the winter.

Try our new Pixie Grape varieties in stores now!

‘Pinot Meunier Purple’ - Nice, upright, full plant. Sets tendrils, purple, sweet grape with few seeds.

‘Pinot Meniuer White’ - Medium dwarf, medium to large, dark green leaves, predominantly shallow indentations, almost yellow, sweet grape.

Fabulous Fall Herbs

ORGANIC HERB COMBO: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Violas

Decorate naturally with a pot of fresh herbs that's just as tasty as it is attractive! This mix of fall herbs and violas is the perfect addition to your home with pretty foliage, flowers and functional herbs. This collection of herbs can be harvested for months and will add great flavor to your dishes.

Parsley is a bright green annual herb available in both flat leaf and curly leaf varieties. Flat leaf parsley is used frequently as a garnish on potato dishes, on rice dishes or with fish, chicken and lamb. Curley leaf is most often used as a garnish. This herb offers the mild flavor it adds to savory dishes.

Sage comes in lots of varieties including garden, golden, blue, pineapple, tri-color and clary - all of which can be used in cooking. Sage is a must in stuffing for poultry. Roast it with pork; add to butter and sauté chicken along with it. Sage also goes well in egg and cheese dishes. Try a little crumbled dry sage over a bowl of black-eyed peas. Dried leaves will keep their flavor for years.

Rosemary, one of the oldest herbs known to man is an evergreen perennial and a culinary must-have. Rosemary is ideal for spicing up pork and poultry dishes and is also used to flavor butter, oils and vinegars.

Thyme, a low growing evergreen herb extensively used in French cuisine. Thyme is the perfect compliment to veal, lamb, beef, poultry, fish, stuffing, stews, soups, sauces, stock, herb butters, flavored vinegars, beans, lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, cheese, onions, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, leeks, mushrooms, eggs, and rice. Whew, yep... there's no shortage of ways to use this herb!

Violas are primarily cool season bloomers and are perfect additions to fall plantings that last through early spring. Violas are available in wide range of colors and look similar to pansies - they just have a smaller flower than pansies. The flowers may be used to decorate salads or used in stuffings for poultry or fish. Soufflés, cream, and similar desserts can be flavored with essence of viola flowers. The strong perfume of some varieties will add sweetness to desserts, fruit salads, and teas.

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