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Buy your spring flowers and summer vegetables directly from Parks Brothers Greenhouses, Arkansas's largest greenhouse grower!

Parks Brothers Greenhouses grows top quality annual bedding plants, garden vegetables, perennials, hanging baskets and patio containers in the spring. In fall and winter, our greenhouses are full of mums, pansies, kale, snapdragons and poinsettias.

Parks Brothers Retail
6733 Parks Road
Van Buren, AR 72956
(479) 410-2217

Please call us at 479-410-2217 for our hours which change during the season.

Are You Gonna Eat that Pickle???

Come on, I know you remember that adorable little girl asking her daddy if he was going to eat the last pickle right?  It was one of my favorite commercials growing up.  And to this day, every time I hear the word pickle, I remember that same silly commercial.  Aww the memories…

But memories from commercials aren’t nearly as much fun as the memories we can create all by ourselves in our own day to day lives.  And with our gardens flourishing in cucumbers, we can make a brand new pickle memory!  So grab those cucumbers ladies and gentlemen, and let’s make some pickles!!! 

 

Easy Dill Pickle Recipe

Ingredients:

Cucumbers (Count will vary depending on the size of the cucumber)
Quart Size Canning Jars with Lids
1 Grape Leaf (Optional) Per Jar
1 Clove Garlic Per Jar
1 Sprig of Dill Per Jar
1 Chunk of Onion Per Jar
Pickling Lime (In the Canning Section of your Supermarket)
3 Quarts Water
1 Quart Vinegar
1/2 Cup Salt
1 Teaspoon Alum Per Jar

Directions:

Soak Cucumbers in Lime Water for at least 4 hours (Follow directions on Pickling Lime to make Lime Water).  Boil Jars in a large pot.  Boil Lids and Rings separately in a smaller pot.  Boil Vinegar, Water, and Salt in another large pot.  Remove Jars.  Put Grape Leaf, Garlic Clove, Dill Sprig, and Onion Chunk in bottom of Jar while Jar is still hot.  Pack Cucumbers tightly in Jar and sprinkle with 1 Teaspoon of Alum.  Pour Vinegar, Water, and Salt mixture over Cucumbers.  Remove Lids and Rings from boiling water and Seal Jars tightly while Lids and Rings are still hot.  Follow Manufacturer’s Directions for Sealing your Jars.

 

Hot Sweet Freezer Pickles

Ingredients:

3 1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Cucumbers
1 Medium Onion – Separated into rings
2 Jalapeño Peppers – Diced
2 Large Cloves of Garlic
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Vinegar
1/3 Cup Water
Freezer Safe Container

Directions:

Place Cucumbers, Onion, Jalapeños, and Garlic Cloves in Freezer Container.  Boil Sugar, Water, and Vinegar until Sugar dissolves.  Pour into Freezer Container and place in Freezer.  Thaw when ready to eat.

 

These recipes will get you started on your way to new pickle memories and were submitted by our very own Retail Manager, Claudette Parks.  But don’t let your Pickle Creativity stop here.  Head on over to Cooks.com for even more Pickle-liscious ideas!  And when someone asks if you’re going to eat that pickle, go ahead and say “Why yes I am!  After all, I made that pickle!”

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