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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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Meet Your Farmer – Heron Pond Farms

April 1, 2018

Lorie Arnold and Shannon Meagher own and operate Heron Pond Farms, located on twenty acres immediately south of Spokane, Washington at the base of Tower Mountain. Lorie and Shannon are in a time of transition on their farm, as they have recently moved away from raising goats and making cheese toward placing…

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Eat Local! Peas

April 1, 2018

With spring just around the corner and flowers starting to bloom, spring peas are the perfect addition to your cooking and dining repertoire. Sweet and bright, peas provide fiber and a cheap source of protein. 1 cup of raw green peas contains approximately 100 calories, 6-8 grams of fiber, and…

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Meet Your Farmer – Don Scheuerman

March 1, 2018

Palouse Colony Farm, owned and operated by Palouse Heritage, was established along the Palouse River in the 1880s by German immigrant farmers from Russia who applied sustainable farming practices that included four-field crop rotations to promote fertility, use of natural soil amendments, and restoration of landrace grains and other heirloom…

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Sprout into Spring!

March 1, 2018

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so we are taking this opportunity to highlight how supporting our local food system can support your health and even aid in the prevention of cancer! Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death in Idaho and Washington, and colon…

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Eat Local! Kale

February 28, 2018

Packed with fiber, B vitamins, and phytochemicals that help fight heart disease and cancer, leafy greens are a nutrition power house, and kale is no exception. Although only recently popular in the United States, kale has been cultivated for centuries. The nutrition benefits of kale traces its roots back to…

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