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Happy New Year! 2022 is Here!

Another New Year = A clean slate. A blank canvas. An open road of possibilities! I for one am excited for the opportunities that 2022 brings 😊

2022 = An open road of possibilities! Let’s make the most of it. Happy New Year!

The future is what we make of it… You always hear that & in my experience, it rings true! Lets make 2022 the best year yet!

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Happy New Year!

Mark CarterCarter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305Ph.# 731-424-2206http://www.cartercountry.com



Prepping For The New Year…

2022 is almost here! To ring it in we will eat the traditional New Years meal with our family on Saturday… At our house to boot! Which means I have last minute prepping to do!

Turnip greens are top on my list of favorites. Growing and eating them is a simple pleasure.

I am cooking the turnip greens and the black eyed peas again this year. Both are equally important! Without a little luck and a bit of money, its tough to make a “Happy New Year”…

One of my plates from years past. I always try to touch all the bases with my symbolic foods 😊

For those that don’t know, each New Years food has a symbolic meaning.

Greens represent… Yes! MONEY! Makes sense to me.

Cornbread represents… GOLD! ie: More $$$! BAM!

The Hog Jowl, or Pork represents health and affluence.

And finally Black Eyed Peas = LUCK! Pass The Peas Please!!!

Im looking forward to New Years dinner, its always a fun family meal 🥘 I’m very hopeful for the coming year! But in reality I know that 2022 will only be as good as we make it… Lets work hard ❤️

I hope you ALL have a VERY Happy New Years celebration with friends and family and enjoy those traditions that are most important to you and yours!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Mark Carter



2022 is Coming! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We are almost at the end of 2021! As we count down the last few days, I find myself dreaming and planning for next season 💭 I always get a certain feeling this time of year, it’s hard to explain it… it’s a combination of things… Excitement, exhaustion, hidden energy, creative thought, melancholy, and more all rolled up into a memorable, annual feeling! But excitement for the new year is always in the forefront!

We start the New Year with a big family dinner! The old school, traditional New Years food…

As far back as I can remember we have always kept the New Years tradition of eating a BIG family dinner! We have fried Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens, Cornbread and so much more … I’m ready to Welcome in 2022!

I also love my planning sessions! I try to do a yearly calendar and business plan… Without a plan and a target, who are you and where are you aiming!?

Every year I sit down and plan events with a fresh new calendar. This new year will be no different! If you fail to plan, your planning to fail! I’m looking forward to a great 2022!

Ready or not, 2022 is Coming! I hope it’s the best ever for ALL of us!

Happy New Year!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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It’s a ’Regional’ Southern Thang! | Do YOU Drink ’Boiled Custard’

I’ve been doing a Friday ’Call In’ Radio show for 20 years now. It’s a lot of fun and I’m lucky enough to be able do it with local friends who are the best in the business! The call in questions change with the seasons, which is Awesome! It’s totally caller driven, so we never know what we will be talking about 😊 Doesn’t that sound fun? Well, it is… 😎

Yesterday a caller brought up Boiled Custard, which is a holiday drink around these parts. Several people had never even heard of it… (West TN transplants 😎). So I proceeded to wax poetic on how good it is and how I grew up having it every year around the Christmas season. My ‘MiMi’ stood at the stove stirring and stirring the cook pot to make the homemade treat every year and as a boy I would wait and watch her with great anticipation…

Its a regional thing only available bottled around West TN, North Mississippi and Parts of Southern Kentucky.

When I met the girl who later became my wife, her family also enjoyed Boiled Custard – I knew it was written in the stars for us after that ❤️
So, Heres a Boiled Custard Christmas 🎄 story for all of ya’s – My mother in law moved down to Florida for work soon after Jo and I were married, at Christmas time, she couldn’t find Boiled Custard anywhere down there 😳 Oh NO!! She called everywhere, even called the Dairy Companies in the region… No dice! She Talked about it so much that all her friends wanted to try it too! So, Jo and I pack several coolers full of bottled Boiled Custard and drove all the way down to Pensacola NAS and took part in an Epic Christmas Party that Spotlighted the West TN, ‘Drive or Die’ treat – Boiled Custard! Boom 💥 It was a hit and every drop was drank! Almost everyone there wanted the recipe to be able to enjoy it again…

Now if you’ve never tried it and don’t live close, you can forget about running to the store and buying a few bottles… So I am gonna share my Grandmothers ’secret’ family recipe with you! Just remember, stir, stir, stir! DON’T let it stick to the bottom or its all for naught…

Era Carter (MiMi’’s) Homemade Boiled Custard

Ingredients –

  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 dozen eggs 🥚 (separate yolks&whites)
  • 2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp corn starch
  • Cap of Vanilla Extract

In a large stockpot mix sugar, cornstarch and a little milk to get started. Then add beaten egg yolks and stir/blend well until smooth. Stir constantly over medium heat and slowly add the rest of the milk. Simmer and stir until thickened (You don’t actually boil it!). Once thickened remove from heat and allow to cool. Beat your dozen egg whites, adding a little sugar until you have stiff peaks, then fold into cooled custard mix. Immediately refrigerate and serve when fully chilled.

There is nothing like a cold glass of boiled custard with a piece of Pecan Pie ❤️ Takes me right back to my MiMis kitchen…

Many people add a little TN whiskey 🥃 to their Boiled Custard for taste & that is completely up to the individual. As for me, I drink mine strait up 😊

Merry Christmas

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🇺🇸

I’m having my last cup of coffee for the morning and its fixing to get busy… We are hosting the days festivities and there is a LOT to do 😊 I’ve been listening to and watching the rain fall this morning, thinking about all I have to be thankful for… It’s quite a list! 🙏🏻 At the top are all my family and friends that truly enrich my life ❤️ I have been blessed to be able to live and work with the people that are most important to me in my life. Many of them will be here at our house later today, that is a true blessing🙏🏻 When I say the prayer later today I must also remember our soldiers and sailors that couldn’t be home with family today! I am very thankful for them and their sacrifices as well 🙏🏻

Happy Thanksgiving! 🙏🏻🦃🇺🇸

We live in the greatest nation in the world!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Good day to everyone! Just finished a great brunch and sat down to finish my Blog that I started late last night… We finished up our last event of the season last night, and it was a FUN one! A local artist and friend for over 30+ years, Matt Brown came to the nursery last night with a literal truck load of art and paintings and we set up our Nursery as his Gallery of Art 🖼 We called it ’Art in the Garden’ and it was a very unique and a very special evening. We even set up a ’Blacklight Room’ in the Koi Shack to showcase some of Matts unique pieces. I’ll tell the rest of the story with a few pictures of last night.

Matt Brown (featured artist) and Charlotte Powell Vaughn (his mom) and Conor McGregor… 😊

What a great evening! Matt and I have been friend’s for many years now, Maybe its because we both work with our hands to make unique, artistic creations? Our mediums are very different, but I think his Artwork within the gardens and by my Waterfalls was pretty Awesome! And it brought a bunch of people out to enjoy a night of Art and enjoyment, another win-win!

PS: We are gonna do this again! 💥

“Each of us are flowers in the garden of life we bloom, 
We all bring a different light to brighten the daily gloom. 
We all posess great potential to inspire our fellow man, 
To offer peace and love is a choice we all should plan. 
We can each bring joy to a life filled with sadness, 
Just through a soft touch or word spoken in gladness. 
We can also bring peace to those with a troubled mind, 
Bring hope to a broken heart joy from the daily grind. 
For every flower has something beautiful to share, 
That has special meaning to someone, sometime, somewhere, 

But our time is short, just like a season, 
As autumn advances with purpose and reason. 
We all have these gifts and we must take a chance, 
If we spread peace and love it’s the garden we enhance… 

Enhance the garden… 
Spread the love… The peace will follow…”

~ Cosmic Dreamer

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Mark C



Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is a national tribute to the contributions that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. The American worker is the best in the world! 🇺🇸

If you are a working man or woman, enjoy your time off! You earned it!

God Bless America! 🇺🇸

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Sunday Reflections…

Late nights slow down an early morning 😊 but this morning was perfect! A slow easy rain 🌧 was falling until around 8:30 and now it’s clear and cool. Perfect for the last big dust up of Summer ⛅️ Every year we talk about doing something different for Labor Day Weekend , but we always end up at the river 🚤

It all starts with a good breakfast 🍳

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”

~ Ralph Marston


Have a Happy Labor Day! 🇺🇸

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I’m having my coffee and thinking about what’s next today… It’s Father’s Day! And lunch is at my house… I’m counting my blessings this morning ❤️

My dad through the years, with me and friends and his brother as well. Happy Father’s Day to all the other “Dads” out there!

I think of my dad, my grandfather’s and so many great men that I looked up too all these years. Role models, teachers, providers, hero’s ❤️

I think of my son as well. He made me a dad😊 And will one day make a great one himself!

A little collage of my boy, the kid who made me a Father and helped me become a Dad…

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads, Pops, Fathers and Daddy’s out there! Today is YOUR day!

He never looks for praises.

He’s never one to boast.

He just goes on quietly working

For those he loves the most.

His dreams are seldom spoken.

His wants are very few,

And most of the time his worries

Will go unspoken, too.

He’s there… a firm foundation

Through all our storms of life,

A sturdy hand to hold onto

In times of stress and strife.

A true friend we can turn to

When times are good or bad.

One of our greatest blessings,

The man that we call Dad.

~ Karen K. Boyer

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday

A timely throwback memory. My cousin Kim is in town for graduations and a few other things, so I pulled up a few old pics and made a little collage of Kim and family down through the years. Cousins are very special family! We are as close as siblings and even better friends than if we were brothers and sisters 😊

It’s so nice getting to spend some time with family that you grew up with. Lifelong memories ❤️

Here’s to #Throwbackthursday!

Mark Carter