Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, July 17, 1971, Image 16
—Lancaster Farming, Saturday. July 17,1971 16 The Greens of Washington Boro are Outstanding Gardeners By Mrs. Charles G. McSparran Farm Feature Writer A beautiful sight to see is the roadside table of Mrs. Benjamin L. (Louise) Green of Washing ton Boro RDI. It is on the east ern edge of the Boro, along Route 999. Her table is under the shade of a maple tree and is laden with the freshest array of gar den vegetables, melons, ber ries and fruits which Mrs. Green picks early every sum mer morning. The stand itself is unpreten-, tious, to say the least, but fea tures the earliest grown vege tables in the county and the v best varieties. Louise works from 5 a.m to 10 pm. every day in the sum mer. Her husband says, “She’s fthe gardener. I don’t know how she stands this busy pace, but in the winter she’s just the op posite; she hibernates and catches up on her housework.” She picks most of the vege tables and fruits before 9 a.m., then arranges and tends the stand, does her housework, cans and freezes the vegetables and cooks for her family. She also helps keep the truck patch clean and it is practically weed free. They stake the tomatoes, keep the raspberries pruned and in general do a terrific job of gardening. Her hobby is cooking and try ing new recipes. She is a very hospitable person and an excel lent cook. She likes to give out her favorite recipes, too. She usually tells her customers how to prepare some of her prefer red dishes from her vegetables. Louise, the daughter of Willis Sanders of Blue Lane, Columbia RD2 and the late Mrs. Sauders, has been a farm girl all her life. Both she and her husband have always lived in Manor Town ship. Both attended Penn Man or High School. Ben is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John "'Green, who were farmers also. Ben and Louise started farm ing a little tobacco. They sold some sugar peas, then some sweet com and they worked at the Washington Boro Tomato Co-op a year or two. Mrs. Green packed tomatoes at the co-op a while, then put handles and lids on the 15 'pound tomato containers. They bought this IVz acre farm 13 years ago and at first grew mostly tomatoes and to bacco. They’ve always had a stand with some vegetables to sell since they lived here, but it has grown until now they have nearly five acres planted in garden vegetables and fruits. Anyone who has ever had a gar den knows this is a lot of hard work. They grow asparagus, lima beans, string beans, red beets, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplants, gourds, lettuce, okra, parsley, peas, sweet and hot peppers, pumpkins, all kinds of squash, sweet winter radishes, Indian corn, red and black rasp berries, rhubarb, strawberries, apples, peaches and grapes. They also have saffron, spear mint and catnip. Their vegetables, on the aver age, are ripe two weeks before their neighbors just east of them, This is due partly to the warm er climate there and to the early varieties of vegetables planted. They had tomatoes ripe by July 7 this summer and will have cantaloupes by July 20. Their Burpee hybrid canta loupes are said to be the best grown. They grow Jet Star and Glamour tomatoes because they mature earlier. They have Burpees Tender Crop green beans and Early Anna wax yellow beans. Among seven varieties of squash they grow are Zucchini, Patty Pan, Summer Crookneck, Yellow straight neck, and winter varie ties Acorn and Butternut. They grow Silver Beauty and Silver’ Queen white sweet corn and Jubilee (yellow) sweet corn. They grow yellow long neck and Halloween pumpkins. They sell most of the vege tables in small quantities but during the peak of the season, if they have more than they can sell in small quantities, they sell some in bulk. Mr. Green plants the vege tables because, as Louise says, “he seems to have a green thumb.” He grows the water melons and cultivates the vege tables. In order to get early watermelons, he transplants them from medium-size pots. He likes flowers and grows gladioli, peonies, iris, Easter and Tiger lilies, bleeding hearts and zinnias. He works at the D.O.T. county sheds, Lincoln Highway East, as a maintenance man. He loves dishes and has quite a collection of antique dishes and glassware, as well as new china. He has a large assort ment of old furniture, and col lections of buttons, marbles, pocket knives, picture frames, motto signs coins, stamps, straight razors, Indian relics and bottles. He has 300 to 400 old bottles, of which 100 are antiques. He goes out hunting old bottles and Indian relics. He has sever al collector’s bottles. Some are Jim Beam’s in Regal china and some are Ezra Brook's Heritage china and Colonial china. He has the first one he made. You have to see these to appreciate them. Ben was a taxidermist. He al- Mrs. Benjamin L. Green, Washington and growing the vegetables. Boro RDI, enjoys running her produce stand so did a lot of hunting, trapping, duck hunting and fishing. Greens have three children. Benjamin Jr graduated from Penn Manor High School and does construction work. He is married to Roberta (Bobby) Fry. She and Louise have a strawberry patch on the halves and she helps her with the pro duce stand when she needs ex tra help. Ben Jr and Bobby have a son and a daughter and live in Columbia. John Willis graduated this past June from Penn Manor and is learning the plumbing trade, working with a local con tractor. Tanya Elaine is seven and en joying her summer vacation from school. Greens are members of Cen tral Manor Church of God. Mrs. Green has a very deli cious dish recipe which is her favorite and one which she gives to her customers. It is SQUASH CASSEROLE 4 cups peeled and thinly slic ed zucchini squash 1 cup sliced onions Cook together on low heat with lid on pan (add no water or shortening) until tender. Steam on low heat. Add white sauce to it: 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup milk salt and pepper Top with: % cup grated sharp cheese % cup butter Finely crumbed bread or dried bread crumbs to cov er casserole. Bake till brown, about 20 minutes, in moderate oven. TOMATO CASSEROLE 4 sliced ripe tomatoes 2 green peppers sliced Arrange in layers with salt, pepper, flour, butter on each layer, until casserole is filled. Pour milk over to cover vege-' tables. Bake at 350 degrees, about % how*, till it thickens. FRESH BLACK RASPBERRY PIE Wash and drain 1 qt. rasp berries % cup sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 cup water % teaspoon lemon juice Va teaspoon salt Place raspberries in an un baked pie shell. Combine sugar, cornstarch, water, salt and lemon juice. Cook slowly until glossy. Pour hot mixture over berries. Put on top crust and bake at 350 de grees till brown. Place pie in refrigerator to chill. Top with whipped cream. Strawberries can be used in place of rasp berries. SWEET-SOUR PICKLES 1 gal. pickle slices (do not peel) 2 tablespoons salt Cover with cold water and soak over night. Drain next Mrs. Green picks raspberries to sell. morning and add enough sugar water solution to cover pickle slices. This is made in the pro portion of 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water. Onion rings may be add ed if you like. Add 2 table spoons pickling spice. Heat through, only till pickles have changed color. Put in jars and seal. CABBAGE SOUP Vz medium sized head N cabbage 2 cups potatoes (cubed) salt and pepper Cover with water and cook till tender. Make rivals: % cup flour 1 egg salt and pepper Garber Oil Co. TEXACO HEATING OIL Burner Soles & Service MOUNT JOY, PA. Ph. 653-1821 PROPANE GAS Bulk, Bottled Metered. v Serving Farm, Home and Industry in Lancaster, York & Lebanon Counties. Especially equipped to serve the Dairy and Poultry Farmer. FUME-RITE GAS, Inc. Box 97, R. D. 1, Gordonville, Pa. 17529 Phones: 717-768-8248 626-5540 733-2142 Stir with spoon. Drop in with above mixture and cook 5 minutes. Add 1 can evaporated milk 2 tablespoons brown butter BAKED CORN 3 cups fresh corn, cut off cob 2 cups crushed saltines 1 teaspoon salt pepper 1 tablespoon sugar butter milk Put corn and saltines and sea sonings in 2 quart casserole in layers and dot with butter. Cov er with milk and bake at 325 degrees till thickened. Stir once or twice during baking.