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Lance created a unique you-pick reservation system for his berry customers
Lance and Elizabeth Chastain bought their acreage near Sedan, Kansas because they thought the meadows and timberland were pretty, and it would make a fine recreational area for family and friends....
Try these tasty ways to make sure you eat an apple a day!
At daybreak I let the sheep into the west field to graze. Heads down! At work we had a visit from the American Lamb Board and chef Adam Sappington of The Country Cat in Portland, Oregon. He showed...
Pay attention to water quality, keep animals out of the garden, and always wash your hands
Whether you have a small vegetable garden or acres of produce, there is the risk of harmful bacteria causing a foodborne illness. However, there are steps you can take to reduce that risk....
The right packaging protects and preserves your product
All produce has specific packaging requirements to protect and preserve freshness, and carry it through the distribution system. For example, leafy greens will dry out quickly and may need some type...
As berries and other fruits come into season, preserve the juices as a syrup
Making fruit syrup is simple. It takes very little time, is economical, and gives you a sweet treat. The fruit should be in the best condition possible – not over-ripe and not under-ripe. If...
Save your bin-busting crop of sweet corn in the freezer
When the fields are bursting with sweet corn, you might be wondering what to do with it all. Fortunately, sweet corn is easy to freeze, so you can enjoy the harvest all year long. Lynn Blanchard...
Experience the ultimate cup of Joe by roasting your own coffee beans
The best-tasting coffee doesn't come from a specialty shop; it's made in your kitchen. Ginny Powell is an owner and administrator of the website homeroasters.org, where you'll find a...
Heirloom garlic provides a good future for this couple
Corn, soybeans, and tobacco are big cash crops in Kentucky. But garlic has become a nice crop for Debra Green and her partner, Tom Scanlan. The couple plants approximately 12,000-15,000 garlic bulbs...
If you raise a specialty product, a local chef probably wants it.
Small farmers of specialty produce and livestock can really benefit from positioning their products well. One good way to do this is to approach chefs within your community. Chef David Guas is the...