General Updates for Upcoming Items!

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Hi Everyone!

I thought it is a good day to provide some general updates on upcoming activity!

Thank you:

First – special thank you to the friends and family, as well as new faces, visiting my booth at the Spring Bazaar at Holy Family Church in Enfield, CT last Saturday. Wow, 17 of my friends came by – that made me feel so special and thank you for purchasing items. Imagine my Father’s face when I told him lots of his birdhouses sold. He’s getting popular. My special terrarium themed “Faith” was purchased as well, and it kind of got me into this groove of doing “custom” terrariums in large glass globes. If interested, holler!

May 7th – Bookstore Visit

Next on the list is a visit with the local bookstore in Broad Brook, CT on May 7th. The store’s owner has invited me back and I plan to have special Mother’s Day items on this date for sale. See Book Club Bookstore and More on 100 Main Street. I hope you will be able to pop by. They were recently featured on Better CT television and have a wonderful selection of books and hold regular book discussions, including kid’s book discussion sessions. How sweet.

May 14 and May 21st – Container Gardening Workshops

These are the two dates for the Container Gardening Workshops. All the details may be found on www.WORKSHOPSCT.com. The first one, May 14th, is being held in Broad Brook, CT and the 2nd one at Strong Family Farm in Vernon, CT on West Street on May 21st. There is still plenty of time to register if you are interested.

Once registered, attendees are emailed complete Workshop Details. Here’s a sneak peek of the agenda and two of the fruiting plants planned, along with many more tropicals, annuals, herbs, veggies! We hope you will join us.

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May 28th – Ellington Farmers Market

I will be at the gazebo again offering a free talk and selling plants. I love attending this market – everyone there – is super friendly and well, happy! Who wouldn’t be as you browse the selection of the market’s offerings and enjoy a beautiful day?

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East Windsor Farmers Market

On July 10th, I will be offering a slide presentation on Container Gardening at the East Windsor Farmers Market held at the Trolley Museum on Rt. 140. Look for me in the main building. This market is growing – don’t overlook it this summer!

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Look for me in the Main Building for a Free Presentation this year.

Later in Summer and Into Fall

After the May rush, we are offering several more workshops – One is on Floral Design with JEM’s Horticulture and Floral Design (featuring a 4th of July theme) in June, another is a Glass Garden Art Workshop with Timefliesbylauralie on September 10th, and then we have a workshop on Succulent Arranging in the Fall. Check out WORSKHOPSCT.com for all the information on each. Registration is easy with Eventbrite on the site.

New Topic- Soil Sprouts!

I’m been obsessed with growing soil sprouts which are full of vitamins and soooo tasty. My favorite so far in my trials are radish sprouts – spicy and wonderful in sandwiches, soups, salads, or just fresh pop in the mouth snack. I also like mung bean sprouts and broccoli sprouts but I am doing trials with many types right now, seeing how they grow and taste.

Soil sprouts are not like micro-greens. Soil sprouts take a lot less time to grow – between 4 and 7 days, so with the routine set up – you are eating them EVERY day. Micro-greens take a lot longer, something like 21 days.

Anyhow, the other beauty about these are they can be done in any space, without special equipment or lights, and ALL year round. They fit the container gardening scenario indoors perfectly. Indoor gardening is another trend on the rise, but that is not exactly why I started growing sprouts. I’ve always loved eating them and now I can daily.

There is a simple process with specific steps and things needed but it is not complicated. I will be offering a workshop on this and I’m also thinking of offering a kit if you prefer to read and do it yourself. What do you think? Do you enjoy fresh sprouts too?

GoLocal Magazine

A new mag on the scene contacted me as a feature for their May issue – and I am flattered to be featured in a magazine that is hip, new and in tune with today’s local movement.

To top it off, this will be their first issue for the East Windsor, CT region. They are currently issuing in Agawam, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, and Hampden in Massachusetts, and in Suffield, Enfield, Somers, and Stafford Springs in Connecticut too.

I read their January 2016 issue and spotted some local artist people I see on Facebook from time to time – and also spotted new businesses and restaurants I didn’t know about yet.

I really like the VIBE of this mag – and if you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to look for it at local establishments. Many of their advertisers receive copies for distribution. Or go to www.golocalmagazines.com for their online issues – where you will find me in May!

That’s all for now for some General Updates. Enjoy the rest of your week and the beautiful weather we have been having, well, except today is a bit cloudy – but wow, last weekend and the days before were so summer like out there – I hope you can catch some of those rays.

Cathy Testa
860-977-9473
containercathy@gmail.com

 

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