Eating in Season

September 11, 2020

Eating in season is not something most Americans practice, but why? There are many positive impacts of doing so. Here at Colonial Gardens, we strive to provide the Blue Springs and surrounding communities with the resources to eat with the seasons. What does that look like? Colonial Gardens grows or partners with local farms to provide fresh produce sold in our Market. Not only do we provide local produce, we support other local farmers/artisans by carrying their products. We carefully curate these vendors to fit our values and that also pair nicely with the products and produce we provide as…

Roasted Beet and Citrus Kale Salad

September 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-3 medium size beets1 large Naval orange, sectionedOrange zest & juice5-6 stalks of mixed kale, de-ribbed and chopped1-2 Tbsp honey2-3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar1 tsp fresh, chopped rosemary1 tsp Kosher salt3 Tbsp olive or walnut oilFresh ground pepper, toasted nuts, or goat cheese for extra toppings Directions: Peel and wedge beets. Toss in oil, salt, and rosemary. Spread out evenly on an oiled sheet and roast until tender at 400 degrees. Let cool. Whisk or blend honey, vinegar, oil, orange zest, and orange juice for dressing. Combine chopped kale, roasted beets, orange sections, and any other desired toppings in vinegarette…

Herb-Marinated Grilled Bison Steak

August 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pound Bison Sirloin Steak 2 pieces, or other lean cut For the Marinade: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Juice of half lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 6 Branches fresh thyme whole 1 tsp rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and cracked Directions: Whisk together all marinade ingredients except the thyme branches and garlic. Place the steaks in a shallow glass or steel container. Place the thyme branches and rosemary on top and a cracked garlic clove on each steak. Cover with the marinade. Rub in on both sides until well coated. Cover…

Colonial Kombucha Cooler

August 10, 2020

Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Ketal One Botanical Cucumber and Mint 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped mint 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced 3 ounce Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha Directions: Mash the fresh mint into the lemon juice in a glass with the spoon. Strain and add the vodka and lemon/mint juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and twist of lemon. Recipe Inspired from Goop

Health With Houseplants

August 3, 2020

Nowadays, most people have houseplants, because of course, the aesthetic of plants aids in your interior design! But plants are not only just visually appealing, they also provide several physical and mental health benefits. A study out of Japan by Dr. Qing Li found that Forest Bathing, or simply just spending time in nature, may reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. As well as strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and metabolic health, and boost overall well-being (Berkeley Edu). So, the more you collect plants to create a forest or jungle like vibe within your home, the better! Plants act…

Herb and Lemon Salad

August 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots, peeled, very thinly sliced into rounds ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced, rinsed, patted dry 4 radishes, thinly sliced into rounds 2 cups torn mixed tender herbs (such as mint, parsley, and/or dill) 3 cups torn lettuce and chopped kale mixed ½ large cucumber sliced into rounds Salad dressing 1 T white wine vinegar 2 T grain mustard 2 T Dijon mustard 3 chopped garlic scapes 1 cup extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 lemons squeezed 1 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 T honey Directions: Toss carrots, onion, radish, cucumber, lettuce,…

Tuscany chicken with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives

July 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 bone-in chicken thighs (3 pounds), skin removed if desired 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, crushed ½ teaspoon fresh tri colored sage 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained ½ cup sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed olives 1-1/2 cups orange juice 3/4 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons honey Directions: In a shallow bowl, mix flour, garlic salt and pepper. Dip chicken thighs in flour mixture to coat both…

Watering 101

July 24, 2020

So, you spent all day at the garden center. You got some neat, amazing new plants. You spent your weekend planting and potting. But, if you’re like me, you’re not sure about watering. How much water does my plant need? When do I water? How often do I water? What are the best tools to water with? How can I remind myself to water? Worry no more, the Colonial Gardens experts are here to answer some of these questions and help your plants to look great all season long! When to Water Find a rhythm, make watering part of your…

Fire Blight

July 17, 2020

Maybe you have a fruit tree in your yard, apples or pears? Have you started to notice the leaves turning brown, or even black, and your twigs, blossoms and fruit spurs dying? You might be experiencing fire blight. Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is a bacterial infection that affects plants in the Rosaceae family. It is most common in pome type fruits such as apple, pear, and quince. It can also affect crabapple, Pyracantha, roses, cotoneaster, and several other plants. Fire blight begins in spring, when small cankers appear and start to ooze a light-colored tan sap. The cankers form on…

Avocado Bruschetta

July 15, 2020

Ingredients: 4 slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed ¼ cup/50 ml extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling. Directions: Rub each slice of bread with ½ garlic clove. Divide and spread the avocado on each slice of toasted bread. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

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