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Eat Local! Corn

September 4, 2018

It just wouldn’t be September without decorative brightly colored ears of corn popping up everywhere, or getting that one last taste of sweet summer corn on the cob. Although corn has received a bad rap in recent years due to concerns over GMOs and claims about it being unhealthy in…

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Meet Your Farmer – Celeste Ricci

September 1, 2018

Celeste Ricci owns and operates Celestial Natural Farms in Careywood, Idaho. Following a rewarding career in the field of education, she decided to pursue a childhood dream of becoming a farmer. With the support of her husband, Celeste raises a variety of animals that are fed locally grown, non-GMO food…

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Eat Local! Huckleberries

August 1, 2018

You may have noticed fresh huckleberries making an appearance at farmers market stands lately – and for good reason. These perennial berry shrubs are found growing in abundance around our region, and the dog days of summer in late July and early August make for a perfect excuse to head…

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Meet Your Farmer – Beth Mort/Snapdragon Flower Farm

August 1, 2018

Beth Mort is the owner and operator of Snapdragon Flower Farm and Zinnia Permaculture Designs in Spokane, Washington. Snapdragon Farm sells bouquet subscriptions, a do it yourself service for bridal flowers, and floral design workshops. Zinnia Designs is a garden design company that blends permaculture principles and gardening concepts to…

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Eat Local – Green Beans

July 5, 2018

Looking for a nutritious and delicious side dish to serve up with a light summer dinner? Next time you visit the grocery store or farmer’s market, don’t forget to add green beans to your shopping list – they come into peak season in our area in July and August. Green…

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Meet Your Farmer – Verne Fallstrom

July 5, 2018

Verne Fallstrom is the owner and operator of Strawberry Hill Nutrition Farm in Mead, Washington. I was interested in learning more about his operation and his nutrition farming techniques, so Verne graciously invited me to come and visit. It is still early in the growing season, but as we toured…

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Eat Local! Rhubarb

June 1, 2018

Early summer is the perfect time of year to indulge in rhubarb. A perennial vegetable, only the fibrous pink stalk is edible as the leaves and roots of the rhubarb plant are extremely high in oxalic acid, which can be toxic. Rhubarb traces its roots back thousands of years to…

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Meet Your Farmer – Footehills Farm

June 1, 2018

On a cool summer evening in May, I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Thom and Torie Foote of Footehills Farm in Colbert, Washington. Thom and Torie are herb farmers who practice the ethics and principals of permaculture in their “sell and sustain” operation. They sell their…

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Eat Local! Arugula

April 30, 2018

This herbaceous leafy green seems to be cropping up everywhere these days, from pizzas and salads to uniquely featured menu items. Yet, arugula still remains elusive to many who have never cooked with it and wonder how to incorporate it with meals. Never fear! Arugula is a highly versatile, peppery-tasting…

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Meet Your Farmer – Willow Wood Honey Farm

April 30, 2018

Tracy O’Brien and her partner Mike Mayer own and operate Willow Wood Honey Farm in Hayden, Idaho. I visited with Tracy on a warm April evening, and spoke with her while we sat in the sun watching the bees near the hives. Tracy and Mike have a small, aerated coy…

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