National Have Fun at Work Day: Egg Rolls

At Shoppa’s, John Deere green is our specialty: green tractors, green lawnmowers AND anything that tastes good and has green in it…like pork egg rolls stuffed with green onions and green cabbage!

(Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. But it IS National Have Fun at Work Day, so it works, right?!)

Our recipe came from our friend Ashley, who runs a blog called Southern with a French Twist and a YouTube channel called In Ashley’s Kitchen; you can see her original recipe by clicking here. Watch our video and cook along with us!

Egg Rolls with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Makes 10-12 egg rolls; we quadrupled this recipe in our video.

  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 head napa cabbage, shredded
  • 3 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package egg roll wrappers
  • 3-5 cups vegetable oil for frying

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring


  1. Add toasted sesame oil to a large sauté pan. Over medium heat, cook green onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  2. Add the napa cabbage and carrots; sauté about 2-3 minutes or until the cabbage wilts and cooks down.
  3. Add the ground pork, soy sauce and pepper to the pan; simmer until the pork is fully cooked (about 7-8 minutes).
  4. Drain the pork mixture and set aside to cool for at least 15 minutes.


  1. Separate egg whites from the egg yolk; whisk egg yolk and set aside.
  2. Carefully peel apart the egg roll wrappers.
  3. Lay the wrapper with one corner pointing toward you; spoon 1/4-cup of the pork/vegetable mixture toward the bottom of the wrapper.
  4. Starting at the bottom corner, wrap up the egg roll like a burrito. Brush egg yolk along the edges of the exposed wrapper; this acts like a glue to hold the wrapper shut while frying.
  5. Lay the egg roll on a sheet pan and continue with remaining egg rolls.


  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the vegetable oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Gently add egg rolls to the oil — maximum three at a time.
  3. Fry until all sides are a deep golden brown.
  4. When ready, remove the egg rolls from the oil and let them drain for a few minutes on a paper towel. Once the oil is drained, move to a clean plate until time to eat.


1. Whisk together the water, vinegar, and sugar in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, then whisk in cornstarch. The mixture will thicken as it heats up. Once it thickens, remove from heat and add red food coloring.


Shoppa’s: Proud to Collaborate with Peers Nationwide for Progressive Technology Solutions

In 2018, Shoppa’s ISG department joined together with peers nationwide to share ideas and solutions for technology issues. Arthur Etheridge, Integrated Solutions Manager for Shoppa’s, says the group has provided cutting-edge insight into solving technology solutions for customers. Read the entire article from Precision Farming Dealer by clicking here.

“These guys see problems that we’re all going to see eventually, and it’s best if we know sooner rather than later how to deal with something…” – Arthur Etheridge

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Hometown Exotics: My John Deere Tractor Story

If you’ve ever driven from Houston to Austin, you’ve probably passed by FreBo Ranches. Home to buffalo, zebra, deer and other exotic animals, FreBo offers highway views of animals you can usually only see at a zoo. Learn more about FreBo Ranches in today’s John Deere Tractor Story!

TERP Grants Program: Do I Qualify?

Last week, Shoppa’s began helping eligible customers apply for the 2021-2022 Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) program. The grants, which are part of the Texas legislature’s efforts to improve air quality in specific counties, are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). Grant recipients typically receive significant funding to apply toward new equipment.

The owner of this tractor received a $71,117 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Qualifying Locations

Here in the Houston area, you must use your equipment at least 55% of the time in any of the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange and Waller.

TERP Counties
Map: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Qualifying Equipment

Equipment used mostly for competition or recreational purposes is not eligible for funding. Qualifying equipment includes:

  • On-road heavy-duty vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,501 pounds
  • Non-road equipment powered by an engine rated at 25 horsepower or greater
The owner of this tractor received a $17,000 TERP grant toward the purchase of new equipment.

Contact Us for Help with the TERP Application

Think your old equipment might qualify for a TERP grant? Call us at 979-335-4887 to talk with our team about applying for the grant and exchanging your old tractors for updated, better-performing equipment. Applications can be accepted now through January 11, 2020.

Learn More

Visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s website for detailed information on the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan.

The Snakebite: My John Deere Tractor Story

Earlier this fall, 4-year-old Jathan Muras was bitten by a copperhead and had to spend several days in the hospital. What helped cheer him up during his recovery? (Hint: Lots of green and yellow!) Learn more in today’s video featuring the Muras family’s John Deere Tractor Story.

Michael Jones: My John Deere Tractor Story

When first-time tractor owner Michael Jones started looking for equipment to help manage his land in Bastrop, he initially considered a number of different brands. Discover why he ultimately decided on a John Deere 3025E from Shoppa’s in today’s John Deere Tractor Story!

Your Top 3 Construction Equipment Questions: Answered

With our construction specials in full swing this month, we asked our experts — Shawn Meinkowsky and Richard Potts — for your top three FAQ. Here’s what they said:

How much extra is a cab unit vs. a canopy unit?

Prices vary depending on the model, but are usually in the $4,000-$6,000 range.

What do I need to run a mulching attachment?

We recommend the John Deere 333G compact track loader with the severe-duty door and high-flow hydraulics. The forestry package is also recommended as a dealer-installed option for your safety.

Are these units keyless? How do I prevent theft?

Most units are keyless. Keyless-start units may be programmed with a three-to-five-digit owner code (plus multiple operator codes) to prevent theft. The owner code and/or operator codes can be changed by the owner at any time. The owner has the option to choose “Prompt for Lock,”, “Auto Lock – 5 minutes” or “Auto Lock – 60 minutes.” The owner can also disable the anti-theft feature at any time.

Bonus Question! What is the lift or load capacity of a John Deere CTL?

Tipping load/safe lift capacity varies by model, but typically is 10,570 pounds. Please tell us what jobs or tasks that you plan on using the machine for so that we can recommend a model with enough lift capacity to suit your needs.

StarFire 3000 & 6000 Required Update

StarFire Receiver 20-2 Mandatory Update

In early August 2020, the StarFire™ 20-2 software update will be available. This software update, will be a “Mandatory Update” for both StarFire 6000 and StarFire 3000 receivers and includes software fixes plus a few new features. Changes coming with the 20-2 software update also prepare the StarFire network to support new satellite constellations and the next generation StarFire receiver.

Critical Update Timeline

  • August 2020 – Required 20-2 Software update for StarFire 3000 and 6000 receivers becomes available
  • October 15th, 2020 – Updates should be completed on StarFire 3000 and 6000 units
  • December 2020 – RTK Base stations will be updated to the 20-2 Software
  • February 1, 2021 – Deadline to complete 20-2 software update, receivers not updated to 20-2 by this time will not receive the StarFire signal and as such will only operate in WASS until updated to 20-2.

Additional Reminder on StarFire iTC Receivers

StarFire iTC receivers will no longer function beginning February 1st, 2021 and will no long receive the StarFire signal. StarFire iTC receivers will continue to operate in WAAS until approximately 2026 or when the US GPS satellite constellation P(Y) code is retired and may continue to be used for yield mapping. Guidance applications including AutoTrac™ will not be available.

StarFire 6000 New Features

StarFire software update 20-2 for StarFire 6000 receivers will also include the following new features:

  • Continuous Data Logging
  • New RTK Extend (RTK-X) and John Deere Mobile RTK (M-RTK) status added
  • Shared Signal and Machine Sync Compatibility

Updating & Assistance

Additional information regarding the update and instructions for updating receivers will be available in August when the 20-2 Software update becomes available. Contact our ISG team with questions, concerns, or assistance in updating your receivers directly.





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DIY Corn Bin

Summertime can be an absolute blast for kid, but many of them been home since March and are growing restless. It is time to liven some things up around the house. It’s time to get a little corny! It’s time to make a corn bin? What is a corn bin? A corn bin is like sand box, but it is easier to clean up. Here is a cheap and easy way to make a corn bin.


  • Plastic kiddie pool or a large box that you can easily clean up later. 
  • 1-2 40lb bags of whole kernel deer corn. You can purchase this at a feed store or Academy. 
  • A fleet of John Deere toy tractors 

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  1. Place the kiddie pool (or bin) outside under a shaded area. We suggest somewhere that gets shade all day long so the kids can play in it at any point of the day. 
  2. Dump 1-2 bags of deer corn in the bin. 
  3. Put a bunch of John Deere toy tractors in the bin. It’s play time. (Shoppa’s John Deere has toy tractors so go by one of our 8 locations and add to your collection)  


That’s it! A corn bin is an easy and affordable project that results in hours of fun for kids. 

P.S. Watch out. It may attract deer to your backyard! 



Summer Bucket List

Summer is here! Though summer vacations are not an option for many due to COVID, crops, and harvest, you can still have fun. Need some fun ideas, though? Don’t worry. We created a Summer Bucket List with some great ideas that are budget-friendly, summer-themed, and, most of all, fun!   


  • Bale Hay  
  • Picnic in the back of the Gator  
  • Drive the tractor to DQ to get ice cream  
  • Make ice cream  
  • Go fishing on the lake or bay  
  • Float the Frio  
  • Catch fireflies  
  • Spend the weekend at the hunting camp  
  • Shell Corn  
  • Movie night with the movie projected on the barn  
  • Plant a summer garden  
  • Shooting cans off the fence post with BB Guns  
  • Watermelon on the porch  
  • BBQ Anything  
  • Go swimming in the pond or lake  
  • Run through the sprinklers  
  • Neighborhood Cornhole or Washers tournament  
  • Bake a cake or cookies for the kids with the kids and share with your neighbors  
  • Make a pitcher of lemonade with real lemons  
  • Grab some sacks from the mill and have sack races  
  • Go on a snipe hunt with flashlights  
  • Try a new IPA beer  




You don’t have to complete all of these, but let us know which ones you want to cross off. Or tell us what you would add to the bucket list in the comments below!