Posts Tagged ‘Farmers’

Nutrients in the Garden 18: Oh Hail

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Oh Hail! I watched the dark clouds roll in as I weeded the garden.  I thought I would weed until it started raining, however, when the lightning started, I headed into the house. Within twenty minutes, the garden was gone. Hail and high winds shredded my tender plants as I helplessly watched from the window. (more…)

Autumn Optimism

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Well, it’s the middle of October. How can that be? Time has a way of moving quickly and I find myself emotionally tied to the fall season. (more…)

Corn. It’s What’s for Dessert?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Last night, with true eleven year old wisdom, my oldest daughter proclaimed, “Sweet corn is the only vegetable you can eat for dessert!”  (more…)

Fascinated with Fertilizer

Monday, June 24th, 2013
In agriculture, we are trying very hard to get the word out: we feed the world. Our mission is to produce a large and safe food supply in a way that is environmentally sound and beneficial. Another organization telling the agriculture story is Illinois Farm Families. They have opened their farms to Chicago area moms; moms who want to know how their food is grown. They bring along their cameras and notepads and share with their peers what they see, hear and learn on the farm. (more…)

Come Home to the Farm

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Every fall, American families come home to the farm! It used to be that everyone could visit a relative’s farm.  (more…)

McDonald’s Restaurants Recognize Farmers

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Go ahead and judge me...we eat McDonald’s...often. I know, I know! I have to give the mega franchise credit for being convenient and affordable. You know the scene, we are running errands, and the whines from the backseat are getting louder. The cries for “food break, mom” so she pulls under the golden arches. I know I am not the only mom swinging in the drive thru for a quick meal, because they sell approximately 4.2 million hamburgers a day (yep, a day) in the United States. That’s a lot of beef! However, my favorite McDonald’s indulgence is the french fry. McDonald’s restaurants report that they buy 3.42 billion pounds of potatoes each year. Hmm, looks like I am in good company and not the only one craving their french fry.  My point: McDonald’s is a large consumer of American agriculture. (more…)

Giving Thanks! Indians and Pilgrims

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
As Thanksgiving approaches, images of Indians and Pilgrims frame our thoughts. When my pre-schooler came home with a Pilgrim hat and story, I was reminded of the significant role the Native American Indians played in the survival of the Pilgrims. We must give credit to the Indians for saving the lives of the Pilgrims, specifically Squanto. (more…)

Our Fall Harvest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
As I was mixing ingredients for a pumpkin pie, my five-year-old daughter asked how the pumpkin got in the can. Yes, I buy canned pumpkins, even though I know how to make fresh pumpkin puree. Thank goodness, I could save a few steps by grabbing what I needed at the grocery store. Modern day food production makes life fairly simple to the home cook. (more…)

Nature’s Teachable Moment at Birthday Party

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
I love a good birthday party! One where the kids go home on a sugar high and a happy memory. This past weekend, our four-year-old was turning five. She loves being a cowgirl and insisted on a cowgirl-themed birthday party! We called all cowpokes and invited them to mosey over to our backyard for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! All of our little wrangler friends were encouraged to wear their cowgirl or cowboy duds! (more…)

Fun with the family at the Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
I consider it a great privilege to have always been able to end my summers by attending the Iowa State Fair. It certainly was a highlight of my childhood. Where else can you see the Big Boar, the Big Ram, the Super Bull, and the Butter Cow?  Let me tell you, they are each big and impressive! (more…)

Top 10 Reasons to take your family to the farmers market

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Geesh!! I'm so tired of watering and not getting any results! This has been a very frustrating gardening season! I am embarrassed at the small amount of produce I have been able to harvest. I have yet to pick a tomato! I am not alone in this matter, other fellow gardeners are venting the same frustrations. (more…)