oasis at Stream Cliff Herb Farm
garden center opened
March 31 for 2010 season
COMMISKEY, Ind. (April 2010) Stream Cliff
Herb Farm is a place where tradition and new growth join hand in hand.
As Betty Manning works to prepare the greenhouses and tea room for the
spring opening, she is surrounded with happy reminders that six generations
of her family have welcomed spring on the farm.
more than 30 years, the
Mannings have welcomed guests
to their Stream Cliff Herb Farm
in Commiskey, Ind.
From the gardens laid out in quilt patterns in honor of
Mannings grandmother to the new wine label featuring a smiling
pink pig drawn by her young granddaughter, the farm is a living scrapbook
of happy memories. Were very family oriented everyone
here is pretty much friends and family, Manning said.
For more than 30 years, the Commiskey, Ind., farm has welcomed guests
to make their own memories at the historic farm. Stream Cliff Herb Farm
opened March 31 for the 2010 season. Customer Appreciation Days, featuring
10 percent off plants, runs March 31 - April 3 and again April 7-11.
Visitors find the farm to be an excellent source for culinary herbs,
perennial and annual flowers, as well as heirloom vegetables and roses.
However, the farm supplies more than just the raw materials needed for
a successful garden. Guests can also discover ways to successfully tend
their plants and directions how to bring their gardens into their kitchens.
Throughout the year, Stream Cliff Farm holds a variety of craft, cooking,
and gardening events, certain to provide inspirational ideas.
Theres pretty much something going on every weekend,
One Stream Cliff event that has become a regular tradition with many
families is the annual Mothers Day lunch. Mothers
Day is always a huge sell out, says Manning. Families gather to
enjoy a lovely spring meal together. The event has grown so popular
that reservations are required.
The successful cooking school classes return this year with two new
sessions. After Manning was questioned about what her secret was to
her perfect homemade noodles and pie crusts, Grandmas Comfort
Recipes was born. Manning had the benefit of learning from a mother
and grandmother who were really good cooks and now looks
to share some of her favorite old-fashioned techniques and recipes.
Visitors can also enjoy the new Favorite Recipes From the Tearoom
course. These cooking classes are unique in that students first sit
down to enjoy a meal before moving on the kitchen to learn how to create
the wonderful dishes they just ate.
This year also marks an exciting fourth season for the farms winery.
A new Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a semi-sweet blackberry wine will
be available. Manning is particularly pleased with the release of Stream
Cliffs Grandpas Blackberry, saying, Ive wanted
a blackberry wine for a long time.
Manning and her husband, Gerald, take special care in developing the
names and labels for the winerys offerings. Many of the wines
bear horse-themed names, inspired by the fact that the winery once served
as a blacksmiths shop.
Weve been pleasantly surprised with the winery, said
Manning. We were very interested in history, we like really good
food, and we are passionate about art. Wine became the fourth leg on
the stool it fit in with our other interests.
The farm holds an important place not only in the history of Mannings
family, but in Indiana history as well. In 1863, notorious Gen. John
Hunt Morgan and his Raiders raided the farm during the Civil War. Manning
presents a variety of guided group walks and lectures on the farm, and
she reports that the Civil War talk is one of the most popular.
Morgans influence is also reflected in the name of one of the
favorite farm wines Stream Cliffs Kentucky Stud, named
in honor of Morgans famous stallion.
The farms dedication to history and tradition have made it a favorite
destination for visitors who return year after year. So for guests looking
to grow their own gardens or their own special memories, Stream Cliff
Herb Farm offers a lovely escape.
For more information, visit: www.StreamCliffFarm.com.
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