Category Archives: Growing

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15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Farmers Market Visit

When you visit your local Farmers Market, the sheer quantity and variety can become overwhelming. It’s easy to buy too much or too little, pay too much, or leave with something you don’t use. To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, August 6-12, 2017, we’re here to help with these pro tips! Follow these instructions to make the most out of your next visit to your local Farmers Market.

1. Know What’s In Season

Following in-season charts like this one from the USDA or this one from EWG.org will keep your expectations realistic and will help you eat the freshest produce year round. Seeking oranges in Colorado or pineapple in Georgia in summer, for example, will probably lead to disappointment. On the other hand, knowing what’s in season can open up entirely new types of produce that your family may love!

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Garden Fresh Recipes for Your Garden Fresh Produce

If you have so much produce from your garden that you don’t know what to do with it all, I’ve found some fresh recipes to help!

Assorted Produce   

Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Peppers

Stuffed Mini Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced in half, seeds and membranes removed
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for topping
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • chopped cilantro for topping, optional

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Canning Food to Enjoy All Year Long

Before refrigeration existed, people used canning to preserve the food from harvest all year round. Learn the canning basics below!

Canned Tomatoes   Canned Oranges

The process of canning kills microorganisms that cause food to spoil and seals the jar to prevent any other spoilers from getting in.

Some food requires high temperature and pressure to be preserved, while other, more acidic food can be preserved with a boiling water bath.

Here are the basic supplies you’ll need for canning…

Let’s get started!

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How CCD Affects Pollinators

CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, causes an average loss of 30% of beehives annually since 2006.

Obviously, bees are not the only pollinators on earth. They are, however, the largest contributors to animal pollination. Other pollinators include bats, butterflies, insects, and birds. In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, we have the basic information you will need to join the fight to save our pollinators.

Bees   Butterflies   Hummingbird

First, Some Statistics

It’s important to understand just what pollinators do and why saving them has become so important. You can see the tremendous impact they have on our food supply and our economy in these statistics:

Pollinator Statistics

Also, according to a 2016 United Nations committee report, up to 16% of vertebrate pollinators, like birds and bats, and 9% of insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are threatened with extinction. Keep reading for the causes and suggestions for what you can do to help pollinators in your area.

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