Saturday, April 20, 2013

Springtime in Bloomfield

Well, it’s Saturday and Spring in Bloomfield and the Inn is full. Springtime brings people out of their winter hibernation. Our town is beautiful in the spring, so we get lots of visitors taking all kinds of pictures on week-ends. The Bloomfield Garden Club maintains the gardens around the little house my great-grandparents built back when Bloomfield was just the name of a brand new little community. That house still sits where my great-grandpa built it, and my Grandpa Miller donated it to the city in his will.  The trees aren't there anymore since it sits in front of the courthouse and across from city hall in downtown Bloomfield, but it's still painted yellow just like my great-grandmother wanted it.

The garden club also keeps up the flower beds in the park and other places about town, and they do a wonderful job of it. Our Bradford pear trees are in full bloom, and tulips, daffodils, and iris add a rainbow of color all over the park, city hall and Founders’ Cottage.

Springtime weather is perfect in Bloomfield as it never gets much above eighty degrees until May. Our summers may be almost unbearable at times, and our winters sometimes harsh, but Springtime is delightful.
The menu for the Pink Geranium changes with the weather, too. We add more salads and lighter dishes to go with the warmer weather. Our flavored iced teas also are more popular during the Spring and Summer seasons. This is a picture of our Oriental Chicken/Almond Salad.

Our annual Spring Fling is over and Gnorman is back in place where he belongs, and people are already talking about what they’re going to do to make their gardens better for next year’s competition.

Below is a sample of sandwiches and salads for our Spring and Summer menu. Stop by and enjoy a sandwich or a salad one day soon. Selena and I will be waiting for you. In the meantime, don’t forget the first books about our town are available for you in paperback and electronic forms.

Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite flowers or gardens. Remember, at the end of the month we’re drawing for a box of goodies from the tea room and Helen’s bakery.
Pink Geranium Spring and Summer Menu

Salads (All served with our variety bread basket)
Oriental Chicken: Chinese noodles, salad greens, grilled chicken, mandarin oranges
                                 and walnuts with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
Southwest Chicken:  Grilled chicken, black bean/corn salsa, avocado, Jack Cheese,
                                     roasted red peppers and tortilla strips with Chipotle dressing  
Fresh Fruit with Poppy Seed Dressing
Craisen/Almond Chicken Pasta
Garden Salad
Chicken/Spinach Salad (Strawberries and Almond)
Trio Salad (Choice of smaller portions of three)
Grilled Shrimp Spinach Salad with roasted peppers, pecans, onion and warm
              vinaigrette dressing
Chicken Caesar Salad

Sandwiches served with fresh fruit and Choice of bread: Rye, Croissant,
                        Wheat, White toasted or plain)
Chicken Salad
Turkey or Chicken with choice of American, Cheddar, Provolone or Swiss Cheese
Tuna Salad
Ham and Turkey Club Sandwich

Sandwich/Soup Combo: 1/2 any sandwich and half portion any salad


  1. Lovely post, Martha! I debuted Last Chance for Justice at a women's event where I spoke on Friday night (along with all my other books, of course!), and LCFJ was the first to sell out. Everyone was so excited to hear about the new Bloomfield Series and vowed to get the other books too.

  2. What a beautiful day in Bloomfield and a great menu for this fine spring afternoon!