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"Welcome, Locals!" Lanesboro Farmer's Market opens June 2


Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Wednesday afternoons in Lanesboro the local farmer's market honors and caters to local trade. "We set up a special preview market every Wednesday from June through September to make it easy for area residents to shop, visit and avoid the Saturday crowd," explained market manager Jerilyn Eddy. Those who come will find fresh, in-season produce, prepared foods and plants from a membership of dedicated local gardeners who put all their energy into producing the basics that can help us all improve what we eat.

The Wednesday Market kick-off this year will feature the Rhubarb Sisters as they warm up for their signature gig at the Rhubarb Festival the following Saturday, June 5. "A more fun, more festive, more involving local market is our goal for Wednesdays this year," says Eddy.

"We want the market to be a place where people have fun and learn from one another," says Eddy, who would like to personally invite local artisans, growers, musicians and cooks in the area to use the Wednesday 4 to 6 pm time slot to promote their craft, product line or food-producing technique. "Stage a trunk show, teach a mini-lesson, invent an activity for kids, share knowledge on a subject you know that others may not, hand out coupons or cards that will send customers your way." Eddy also suggests, "Lanesboro Local members are invited to showcase products that are sold up the street at their Marketplace or at the artist's home store." The demonstration-only offer is open to anyone from the SE Minnesota area. You need not be a member of the Farmer's Market.

What can local customers expect to bring home from the Wednesday market opener? The first thing is a great feeling -- for having supported neighbors who grow and share their food. "Also a sense of supporting the future of our town and this county," Eddy emphasizes. "The statistics are astonishing -- if we residents purchased just 15 percent of our food from local sources, it would make a night-and-day difference to the future economic health and viability of this area for our grandchildren."

The products on Wednesdays: local meats, eggs and baked goods. Locally grown garden plants, annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs and trees, too. Pasture-raised meats by Tom and Sara Austin of Hilltop Pastures Family Farm will be featured opening day and most Wednesdays all summer.

"Please join us!" - this year's roster of Lanesboro Farmer's Market members invite you to make a short Wednesday afternoon st .....
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Quality is King for U.S. Farmland Buyers Keeping Prices Near Their Peaks

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Despite the uncertain mood still present in many economic sectors, the U.S. farmland market remains steady to strong thanks to continued investor interest in high quality land. In recent months, the demand for high quality farmland has increased, whi ..... 
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Sign up for a new Conservation Stewardship Program

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a sign-up for the 2010 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) with the sign-up/ranking period to end June 11, 2010 in Minnesota.

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June is dairy month; be sure to thank a dairy farmer!

Tue, Jun 1st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul (June 1, 2010) - June is a month to celebrate the dairy farming industry in Minnesota - dairy farmers supply us with milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and a rich variety of ingredients for our health.



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2010 crop test plots

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spri ..... 
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Beef Princess for 2010

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2010 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2010. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2010 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Brown wins Simmental Honors at the Minnesota Junior Spring Classic

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle enthusiasts gathered together at the 3rd Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) cattle show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, April 17-18. Todd Caldwell, Elmwood, Ill., evaluated the 258 head of cattle and Joshua Brown, Peterson, M ..... 
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