Hi everyone,

I took a creative writing class once and an assignment was to go on a field trip and simply observe. When you really take in your surroundings it can be a warming experience.

We all know the price of gas keeps us closer to home these days. This last weekend I needed a break – just to go someplace a little different but also someplace that would stir my imagination for some new posts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Connections. Date: July 31, 2008, 4:04 pm | 6 Comments »

 

Hi everyone,

This week was not as pleasant to walk around the farm. The sky was clear and blue and it was hot.  I didn’t linger as long taking the pictures for their web site. It was 4:00 – 93 degrees and the humidity was way up there with the temp. I am sure it was a tough day for those working the fields.  There was a slight breeze so that helped a bit.  I know the humidity is great for the plants, but really not my thing Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture. Date: July 30, 2008, 5:59 pm | 2 Comments »

 

Hi everyone, 

The topic of kale produced this recipe from my friend, Sondra Fields, The Corn Mother. Sondra is an incredible woman and has some fascinating stories to tell. This is an original recipe and I had to ask her for quantities other than “lots”. It is an interesting and lively combination of ingredients and flavors.

Click here to read the recipe for The Corn Mother’s Kale


Posted by admin, filed under Healthy Food. Date: July 25, 2008, 10:25 am | 5 Comments »

 

Week 4 Basket

Week 4 Basket

Hi everyone,

A nice drive to Crazy Daisy – got there about 4:00 – pretty blue sky – some wispy clouds and about 82 degrees.

This week will be the last week of spring lettuces. I will miss them as they are among my favorites in a salad. We received a bounty of greenness again with some extra goodies. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture. Date: July 23, 2008, 5:18 pm | 2 Comments »

Hi everyone,

There is a wonderful publication that is available in several areas of the U.S. – the Blue Sky Guide.

Blue Sky Guide Twin Cities 2008
Blue Sky Guide Twin Cities 2008

 

The Blue Sky Guide is a product of Celilo Group Media

I can’t say enough great things about this book. You are all familiar with the “entertainment books” that provide discount coupons for fun outings, activity centers, and restaurants, well this is the ultimate Local Resource – discount coupons for food products, restaurants, and family activities that promote organic food, high quality products, and activities all local and supporting our resources. There is also a wealth of information on how to become more involved with your community and saving and supporting your environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections. Date: July 22, 2008, 2:35 pm | 1 Comment »

Hello everyone,

I read several cooking publications and have some real favorites – one of them is Food and Wine magazine. I like their magazine for several reasons.   

Food and Wine magazine always inspires me to bring my cooking up to a new level just with their presentation. The old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is so true, but it is also worth a thousand new cooking ideas and flavor experiences for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Resources. Date: July 21, 2008, 7:18 pm | 2 Comments »

Fresh from the Market

Hi everyone,

From May through October, the Excelsior Farmer’s Market is open each Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. I look forward to the opening day. For one thing – it means spring is here or at least coming soon. This year not quite so much here – we went from winter to summer. Anyway, early season is flowers, jams and jellies, fresh kettle corn, lots of plants and usually a meat or poultry vendor. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under At the Farmer's Market. Date: July 18, 2008, 2:18 pm | 3 Comments »

Wild Rice

Hi everyone,

This is a recipe from a friend, Dawn Sievers, in Knoxville, TN. I am posting it to Local Food Connections because Minnesota is known for its locally grown wild rice, which really isn’t a rice, but a grass. Wild rice is the state grain of Minnesota. Not only that, it is family get-together time – lots of outside days, reunions, days at the lake, or even just a simple picnic in a local park.

Click here to read Dawn’s wonderful recipe for her Family Reunion Rice Salad

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Recipes. Date: July 17, 2008, 1:41 pm | 3 Comments »

Crazy Daisy\'s Daisy

Hi everyone,

When I arrived at Crazy Daisy, it was about 4:30 p.m. – warm – temp was 95 degrees and very little breeze. Before I picked up our basket, I took my usual tour around the crops and took a few pictures. The wildflowers are gorgeous and growing taller.

The fields looked great. The week before we had some horrendous storms come through our area dropping 2 -3 inches of rain in some places in less than an hour. North of the Twin Cities, there were several tornadoes that touched down. It was an interesting couple of days of erratic weather. You could tell by the heaviness of the air and the humidity that there was trouble brewing in the skies. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by admin, filed under CSA - Community Supported Agriculture. Date: July 16, 2008, 6:14 pm | 3 Comments »

Hi everyone,

Sometimes the best way to find something locally is to ask someone who lives/works in the area. That is what I am doing lately and learning more about local resources.

A friend sent me a link to an article that she knew I would love to use for a post. Well, I am going to use it for sure. But before posting the link to her article, I wanted to be sure it was okay. Some people aren’t as welcoming as other to links.  So I contacted Sarah, the author of this article, and found we have a lot in common when it comes to writing. 

So, not only did I make a new “local connection” and a fellow writer with similar interests, I found a new resource for all of you. Stay tuned. More to come. Eat local: Follow your food from the farm to your plate

Take care,

Judy

Local Food Connections


 

Posted by admin, filed under Local Food Connections. Date: July 14, 2008, 5:39 pm | 1 Comment »

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