Spring Has Sprung with home.grown. Floral

We’re proud to partner with local greenhouses to bring you quality, fresh floral. This spring, decorate your home with the best our region has to offer!

Casertano's Greenhouse and Farm - Cheshire, CT

If you ever find yourself in the state of Connecticut, you may stumble upon the multi-generational Casertano’s Greenhouse and Farm. Originally founded by Presco (Louie) Casertano, this family owned business has been passed down through the decades creating a successful and well-loved name for itself. Deeply rooted in family values and wonderful products, Casertano’s feels immense pride for their wide selection of plants and greenery. What started as a humble farm market, has grown tenfold in the last few decades as the Casertano team has, collectively, over 400 years of nursery and greenhouse experience.

The Casertano family has dedicated their lives’ work to creating a workplace that will allow their greenery to flourish, while gaining experience from across the globe. This thriving New England farm has undergone several transformations, while actively diversifying its offerings. What started as a veggies and flowers market has now encompassed various gardening realms such as ground covers, perennials, grasses, annuals, wreaths, roping, and an extensive selection of embellished Christmas products.

Kurt Weiss Greenhouses Inc. - Moriches, NY

Nestled in the beautiful state of New York the multi-generational Kurt Weiss Greenhouses have grown highly successful for their tightly knit family values and beautiful greenery and flowers. Originally created by German immigrant, Otto Muller, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses have trickled through the care of various generations in his family. The entire operation is now run by third, fourth and fifth generation family members and continues to power on strong!  

What started out as a humble florist shop, has now developed into a multi-faceted greenhouse that offers “foliage, flowering potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, annuals, mixed combination planters and much more.” Through the decades, the Kurt Weiss Greenhouses have seen different phases of optimization, and now ranges over one million square feet and has beautiful, updated facilities to aid each location’s differing geographical diversities.  


10 Ways to Use Yogurt

Do you need to use that tub of yogurt in the fridge? But out of ideas on how to make it work. Don’t worry, we’ve got 10 ways to use yogurt. Yogurt can be a healthier replacement to mayo, sour cream, and more. Check out our list!

Create Creamy Marinara Sauce: Add a few scoops of plain yogurt to marinara sauce for a creamier texture and more protein.

Stuff Your Vegetables: Yogurt can make for a smooth filling to stuffed vegetables, add some couscous for a delicious combination.

Smooth Salad Dressing: Out of salad dressing, no worries. Use yogurt! It tastes great and can be used a healthier alternative.

Herb-Yogurt Sauce: Check out these Squash-Quinoa Cakes topped with tasty Herb-Yogurt Sauce. It also works great with this  Harissa Cedar Plank Salmon.

Yogurt-Scallion Dip: Yogurt can also be used as a mouthwatering wing dip. It works great in this  Tikka Masala Wings with Yogurt-Scallion Dip!

Refreshing Smoothies: Yogurt is perfect for adding a creamy element to your smoothies. Try it with this recipe for Strawberry Orange Smoothie.

Marinate Chicken: Yogurt makes for a great chicken marinade. Lactic acid in the yogurt helps to tenderize the chicken. This method is popular in Indian cuisine.

Greek Burger Topping: Lamb burgers are great. But rather than using your standards condiments use yogurt with cucumber and cumin relish for a tasty dish.

Substitute for Sour Cream: Yogurt is excellent on tacos as a replacement for sour cream. Try it and see for yourself.

Skip the Mayo: If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, yogurt is the answer. It’s a healthy and tasty replacement that’s great in tuna, potato salad, and chicken salad.

As the weather begins to turn and we reach the spring season there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy yogurt this time of year. Give any of these tips a try or stick to some of your own ideas. Either way don’t forget to stop by your local store or visit us online for all your yogurt needs.


Picnic Locations in New York

Spring is finally in the air! The weather is starting to warm up and it’s time to get back outside. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors is a picnic with family or friends. Luckily, there are many places in our region that are perfect for a picnic. Here are some of our favorite locations!

Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY: 

Just a short drive from Syracuse, Clift Park offers a great view of the beautiful Skaneateles Lake. Once you’re done eating you can walk out onto the pier that stretches into the lake. The park also offers a public beach open during the summer.

John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville, NY: 

When you picnic at Thacher Park you have the choice of a panoramic view of mountains and trees or sitting next to a waterfall. No matter what you choose, the location offers the perfect scenery for adventurous picnickers. Plus, dogs are always welcome!

Overlook Park, South Burlington, VT: 

Overlook Park is known for its scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. The 1.7-acre park is picturesque for picnics, watching the sunset, or taking a walk on the recreational path.

Elm Park, Worcester, MA:

Elm Park in Worcester offers a ton of family fun! Featuring a great playground, walking trails, bridges, water features, and of course picnic areas. The park also hosts nature programs for kids, and concerts on certain evenings.

Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, PA:

In 1921, Fred Morgan Kirby donated over 70 acres of riverfront land and hired the Olmstead Brothers firm, the preeminent landscape architects, to design a people’s park. Today the park still serves as favorite picnic spot in Pennsylvania.

Veterans Memorial Park, Southington, CT:

Veterans Memorial is a beautiful park located in Southington. The park offers wonderful picnic areas as well as a variety of facilities to take advantage of after eating. Check it out if you’re looking for a day of fun in the sun!

With the weather warming up we are excited to start getting back outside. Our region offers up a ton of beautiful parks for picnics and outdoor fun. Check out these favorites or do some exploring of your own! Be sure to stop by your local Price Chopper/Market or shop with us online for all your picnic needs!

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