Kaufmann Mercantile’s Handmade Garden Trug

SONY DSCWhat better way to prepare for the fall season than with Kaufmann Mercantile’s Handmade Garden Trug? This classic English gardening vessel is perfect for carrying all of your fall favorites. Whether your picking apples from the tree or spending an afternoon at the pumpkin patch, our trug allows you to easily handle all of your seasonal produce. Now there is a durable and functional solution to collect your fresh findings.

This Handmade Sussex Garden Trug Gardening basket was made in England from Sweet Chestnut and Cricket Bat Willow wood.  It is absolutely gorgeous with its solid copper tacks and copper clout nails.  It was fabricated according to traditional methods since 1829 and measures 20” long with a depth of 11”.  This basket can carry pretty much everything that is going to come out of your garden!  I have had several people who have seen this in my kitchen ask where I got it from!  It is easily a decorative centerpiece for your table when you aren’t using it to carry fruit and vegetables into your home.

I love my Handmade Sussex Garden Trug!  It is as functional as it is beautiful.  I love being to carry in everything in the garden plus it works great for flowers from butterfly garden too.   It is a durable basket that is made to get dirty and to stand up to the test of time.  I can only recommend getting one for your home.  Best if all, if you sign up to KMs newsletter you will receive $7 off of your first purchase!

What would you use a Handmade Sussex Garden Trug for?

bluapple Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. The winner is DEBIJOT. Congrats!

Ethylene gas is given off by all living plants and is a chemical signal to quickly speed up ripening.   When you buy fruit and vegetables and store them in your refrigerator ethylene gas builds up, and because fruits and vegetables are still living, they begin to quickly ripen as a result. This is a major reason we all throw out so much spoiled produce!

The Bluapple is based on technology that has been used in ships, warehouses and trucks for many years to absorb and neutralize the ethylene gas buildup. The Bluapple does not release any gas or chemical at all, but only acts as an ethylene gas super-flypaper, constantly removing this harmful gas from your produce storage area.

Now, I know you are asking — does it work?  I’ve been using mine for about a month, and I can say that it certainly does!  My kids are notorious to wanting lots of fruit and the grocery store.  Then we get home and decided they’ll eat one banana and don’t want anything else.  I can’t tell you how much money the bluapple has saved me personally by keeping my fruit fresher longer (so then the kids actually do finish it off!).  I also love that they offer a money back guarantee.  You’ve got nothing to lose by trying the bluapple.

The Bluapple is one of those products that pay for themselves in the first month of use.  This is one of those items that I can’t write love enough times to express how awesome it is.  Bluapple is available nationally at retail locations such as Whole Foods Markets, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, and many others.

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Cook Up Fresh Ideas from Your Garden

With summer right around the corner, it is time to think about creating a garden in your yard.  There is nothing better than growing things in your own garden, and then being able to prepare them for recipes you can make in your own kitchen!  The makers of Miracle-Gro® and America’s Test Kitchen have partnered to provide exciting gardening projects, insightful tips and mouthwatering recipes.  They will show you how to grow your own produce at home with the help of Miracle-Gro, and how to bring those veggies and fruits to your table with delectable new recipes from America’s Test Kitchen. Watch this great video:

Miracle-Gro and America’s Test Kitchen Cook Up Fresh Ideas from Your Garden

With the prices of everything of everything going up it seems like every week, it just seems a no brainer to grow your own food.  Also, freshly grown fruit and vegetables just taste better.  Grocery stores ship things in.  Those fruits and vegetables are picked way earlier than they should be.  My mom is even growing her own tomatoes this year, so she can make BLTs whenever she wants!

Do you have a garden this year? What do you have planted? Do you eat what you grow?