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Show-goers ready for spring

Dan BurkhartJoshua, 4, and dad Jeff Larsen admire fountains during the Home and Garden Show at the Fairgrounds Sunday.
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The skies above may have been gunmetal gray, but it was all about springtime on the ground floor as The Union’s Home and Garden Show closed Sunday at the Fairgrounds.

Above the din of fast-talking salesmen wielding Ginsu knives, motorheads hawking off-road vehicles and green thumbs showing off the latest perennial, greenhouse or French door, there seemed to be a sense that eventually, spring would be here.



Luke Porter of Nevada City searched for seedlings for his herb and vegetable garden. He, too, seemed ready for warmer weather.




“I can’t believe it. Two weeks ago I got a sunburn, and the next day it snows,” he said as he searched for tomatoes, peppers, kale and broccoli plants.

Indoors, headset-wearing salesmen clamored for attention as the show’s end drew nigh.

Scott Guthrie mixed a cornucopia of vegetables, sliced cooked chicken and tortilla chips, whipping them up in the industrial strength Vita-Mix blender as a passel of potential purchasers watched, some with mouths agape. In minutes, the chilled Mexican soup was ready.

“I was surprised,” said Mary Thomas, who stood in the front row. “This is very good. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this a 10, easily.

“I’m surprised my son even ate it,” she said, looking at Kristopher, her beaming 10-year-old son.

“It’s hard to get kids to eat vegetables, but I’m saved now,” she said as Guthrie deftly emptied the soup into tiny cups before making homemade ice-cream.

The cost for this dinner-solving solution? $399, at the Home and Garden Show only.

“Oh!” Thomas shrieked, clutching her heart. “I was going to buy a couple of those.”

For mere pocket change, however, you too could be the proud owner of an authentic set of Ginsu knives, those surgical-steel slicers celebrated for years on late-night television commercials.

Paul Motosko not only sells the knives, he’s owned them for years.

“Me and my roommates couldn’t ruin them in five years of college,” he said, demonstrating the tools’ versatility in cutting everything from plump tomatoes to inch-thick wooden cutting boards. As a bonus, he dazzled the crowd by making potato “slinkies” shaped much in the same way as those circular, stretchy steel toys you had as a kid, using a “crazy cutter.”

The cost for a seven-piece set of knives, a parer, two plastic juicers, a filet knife and the tool that’ll drive your five-year-old crazy? About two medium pizzas.

Of course, the big winner of the day was Karen Asti of Grass Valley, who won a wooden bridge that took center stage at the show.

That ought to add a little sunshine to her life.


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