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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and tomato plants will grow big and strong over the coming months, giving us ample harvests for salsa making later on this year. Insignificant looking seeds such as cucumber, melon and zucchini will grow monstrous vines and give us more food than we know what to do with.

There is something very satisfying about digging in the dirt and growing your own food. Even if you’re not Farmer Brown growing 40 acres to feed your family, you can still delight in picking tomatoes and beans that you have nurtured from seed to table. Sharing a bumper crop of green beans with a friend or bringing heirloom tomatoes to a relative says ‘I love you’ in a way that no greeting card can replicate. And eating fresh homegrown produce is a delicious way to take care of yourself! We all know we’re supposed to eat our vegetables every day, but many of us fall short of doing that for one reason or another. Tending your own garden is a great way to get those fresh vegetables we know we’re supposed to be eating into our diets, and get a little fresh air and exercise while you’re at it!

It’s not too late to get a garden in this year! I have planted my garden as late as mid-June on many different occasions, and while the harvest comes a little later, you can still get good results. So if you were thinking of planting a garden but haven’t gotten around to it yet, don’t delay! Get those seeds and seedlings into the ground! If you don’t have a space in your yard for a garden, look into renting a community garden space in your community. The Harmony Community Garden is in the process of being built, and spaces will be available in 1-2 weeks, weather willing. Information can be found on the City of Harmony website, harmony.mn.us. Click on the ‘Community Garden’ link on the right hand side of the page to view the garden application, and rules for the Community Garden.

Happy Gardening!

My sister Katie is a talented cook, and has a way with cooking vegetables. Creamy kale soups, pans of roasted vegetables, and homemade pasta sauces are all things I have enjoyed at her table. Here is her recipe for grilled vegetable kabobs. These would make a great side dish to a perfectly .....
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, ..... 
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find. Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 4.6.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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“Birds of a feather really do flock together” in Houston during the International Owl Festival in March! This is the second year my garden club, “The Forget-me nots”, has catered the food for the “Meet and Greet” where members, owl l ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 3.30.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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It was a rainy spring day and I was enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, when my spouse announced today was the day the cattle needed to come home for ear tagging. Of course, all other help was busy but that didn’t change my spouse’s mind…the ..... 
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