Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our Bakery

Make Ashcombe pies part of your Thanksgiving tradition!  Each one of our pies is hand made from scratch.

Be sure to order your Thanksgiving baked goods early.  Deadline for orders is November 22nd. 

*  Apple
*  Apple-Cranberry
*  Banana Cream
*  Blueberry
*  Cherry
*  Chocolate Cream
*  Coconut Cream
*  Coconut Custard
*  Egg Custard
*  Key Lime
*  Lemon Meringue
*  Lemon Sponge
*  Mincemeat (seasonal)
*  Montgomery
*  Oatmeal
*  Peach
*  Peanut Butter
*  Pecan
*  Pumpkin (seasonal)
*  Raisin
*  Shoofly

*  Frozen Sugar Free Pies 
- Apple and Cherry

We have baked goods for any occasion!

*  Filled Cookies - Coconut, Chocolate, Chip, 
     Truffle Peanut Butter & Raspberry
*  Chocolate Chip
*  M&M
*  Maple Walnut
*  Molasses
*  Monster - Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate 
     Chips, M&Ms, Peanut
*  Oatmeal Raisin
*  Peanut Butter
*  Snickerdoodles
*  Sugar
*  Triple Chocolate
*  White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

*  Angel Food Cake
*  Black Walnut
*  Carrot
*  Chocolate
*  German Chocolate
*  Spice
*  White
*  Yellow
*  Cupcakes
Frostings:  white, chocolate & 
    peanut butter

*  Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Icing
*  Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
*  Oatmeal Whoopie Pies
*  Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Icing
*  Pumpkin Roll
*  Pumpkin Sheet Cake
*  Texas Sheet Cake

We also have a great selection of muffins and breads!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1.Fill a pot three quarters full with good garden soil, mixed with some sand if possible for better drainage.  Plant the bulbs gently in the pots, close together then pack some soil around the bulbs leaving the tips visible.

2.Water them thoroughly, allowing time for the soil to absorb enough water so it is thoroughly soaked.

3.Now the pots need a period of cold storage for about 12-14 weeks, in a dark and cool place.  This period is of vital importance, because the bulbs need to develop good roots and sprouts.  You need to fool them and make believe that they go through winter.  Most ideal is to burry the pots in the garden.  Simply dig a trench, put the pots in and cover them with a 4-5 inch layer of sand or peat moss and Mother Nature will take care of them.

4.  The best time to pot the bulbs is the end of October or the first part of November.  The best time to take the pots into the house is the middle to the end of January.  Perhaps the ground is frozen by the middle of January but if you have a thick layer of mulch on top of the pots, you will probably be able to get them out anyway.

5.Chances are you do not have a garden or you will absolutely not be able to get into the ground in the middle of January.  Then we look for alternative places.  Ideal cold storage temperature is between 40 and 50°F.  A cellar, a basement or perhaps an old refrigerator are ideal alternatives, providing the temperature can be kept at the required level.  (Do not store fruits in the same place.  They set off ethylene gas which can kill the flower buds inside the bulbs).

6.The pots may need watering while in cold storage and should be checked from time to time.  Keep the soil damp at all times.

7.As soon as the bulbs have developed sprouts of about 2 inches long, the pots can be brought into the house.  Place preferably in a sunny window at regular room temperature.  The more light the better.  This will prevent them from stretching too tall.  In a matter of a few weeks you will have a beautiful indoor flower show.  We need to mention that Crocuses should be kept cooler than other bulbs after they are released from cold storage.  Too warm a temperature can dry up the flower buds in Crocuses so they may not bloom.

8.Be sure to water bulbs well, because they drink lots of water at warm room temperatures.  You may need to soak the pots about twice a week in a bucket of water and allow time for the pots to absorb enough water or keep a matching saucer filled with water under the pot.

After the buds unfold, flowers will last longer if you move the plant to a cooler place.

Paperwhites can be grown without going through a cold storage period.  Simply fill the pot halfway with soil, wet the bulbs gently in the soil and pack more around the bulbs, leaving the tips visible.  

Water them thoroughly, allowing time for the soil to absorb enough water so it is thoroughly soaked.
Place anywhere in the house and watch them develop into bloom, preferable in a window sill where there is plenty of light; water regularly.  

(If you place your Paperwhites in a cooler, place for 3-4 weeks directly after planting, they will have a tendency to stay shorter).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall Harvest Days daily October 17th through November 1st

(weather permitting - please call ahead)
Hours:  Monday - Saturday 9am-6pm 
Sunday 11am-4pm
Every day enjoy great family fun:  
* Hayworld Play Area For Children w/Hay Slides 
    & Jumps (Free)
* Field Games & Activities (Free)
* Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins 
* Horse Drawn Hayrides $4.00
* Mini Corn Maze $2.00

Visit us for these other exciting events happening throughout the month...
Scarecrow Making Saturday, October 18th:  Bring your own clothes and the cost is $15.  For $20 we'll take care of everything!

Jack & Joan's Kettle Corn October 18th and 25th.

Big Rock Alpaca Farm will be here with their beautiful alpacas Saturday, October 18th and 25th.

Apple Butter Boil October 25th.

Face Painting  October 18th and 25th.

Visiting Nigerian Dwarf Goats & Chickens the entire month!

Special Harvest Foods every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Firefly Sale October 13th

Well, we are going to try something a little different.  On Monday, October 13th we are going to have a Firefly Sale from 5-8pm.  This sale is fun!  Choose your own shopping time and choose your own sale price.

Let me explain.

Shop in our Perennial Area or our Trees & Shrubs Department for great savings on plants.  If you shop between 5 and 6pm, your discount will be 30% OFF.  If you shop between 6 and 7pm, your discount will be 40% OFF.  If you shop between 7 and 8pm...yep, you guessed it - your discount will be 50% OFF!

To make it even more fun, there will be some additional specials here and there.  We'll even have little flashlights for customers to use when the sunlight starts to fade...thus, the firefly part of the sale.  It will look like tiny fireflies flitting throughout the plant areas.

Come join the fun on Columbus Day, Monday October 13th from 5-8pm.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Saturday, October 4th 

Benefiting Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation.  Presented by Turkey Hill; sponsored by Highmark.  Special games can be played by purchased tickets only.  Pumpkin Ring Toss * Face Painting * Hole In One * Fish Bowl * Nerf Shoot Bean Bag Toss * Can-Can Football Toss * Paper Airplane Toss * Pumpkin Bowling

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)
Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids(educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit