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Beets

June 5, 2019

Beets – there’s something about them that people either loathe or love. However, don’t knock ‘em before you try ‘em! This purple root vegetable and its leafy greens offers a hefty dose of nutrition in a two-in-one package deal. Beets are thought to be native to the Mediterranean region in…

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Cheese

May 14, 2019

Creamy, gooey, robust in flavor, and utterly delicious, cheese has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Legend has it that cheese was discovered by accident in ancient times when a shepherd left milk out in the heat of the desert sun. In those days, pouches and…

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Eat Local! Morels

April 9, 2019

The mushroom – this seemingly simple and easily overlooked food is far from ordinary. Bursting with nutrients and a rich history, mushrooms can offer a tasty and “meaty” addition to your diet.

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Eat Local! Eggs

March 13, 2019

Eggs have faced the brunt of controversy around heart health in recent decades. Learn the facts about chicken eggs in this blog!

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Eat Local! Sunchokes!

December 1, 2018

Check out this easy roasted sunchoke recipe from Cooking Light to get your taste buds wet:

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Eat Local! Floating Berries

November 4, 2018

Floating Cranberries The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same without serving something cranberry related. Native to North America, cranberries were used by Native Americans for centuries to heal bladder infections, scurvy, stomach ailments, and even as a remedy for blood poisoning. Today, cranberries are grown mostly in Wisconsin, Massachusetts,…

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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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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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Upcoming Events

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6:00 pm Food for Thought Book Club: Myc... @ CDA Public Library
Food for Thought Book Club: Myc... @ CDA Public Library
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Paul Stamets Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom…
Sep
6
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7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
Oct
4
Fri
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…
7:00 pm Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Bingo & Brews Benefit @ Slate Creek Brewery
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet us at Slate Creek on the first Friday of each month for fun, community and a good cause. Bingo and Brews night will benefit the INWFN. A $1.00 CASH DONATION is SUGGESTED per card.…

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