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Top 10 Summer Superfoods

by CINDY MISKOWIEC & CHRISTIE REID of Synchronicity Wellness Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means… an abundance of fresh, local foods will be available at your local farms and farmers markets. You can find everything you need from fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and dairy, to sweet treats, flowers and even soaps and essential oils. The benefit of eating locally and seasonally is that you get the best tasting,…


Not Just a Pretty Face!

Health Benefits of Tropical House Plants by ROBIN SNYDER, Tumalo Garden Market Keeping yourself healthy is an ongoing task. Eating right, sleeping and exercising are all ways to actively maintain your health, but plants can support your health in passive and active ways as well. The very house plants that you have sitting in your living room may be doing more than being pretty accessories to your home. Houseplants offer numerous benefits to nearly every…


Dishing Local Bounty to Raving Local Fans

by BRIAN KERR, Executive Chef, Deschutes Brewery & Public House I was working for a worldwide restaurant chain for ten years and was becoming disillusioned with their practices in menu development and the way they treated their staff — two things that are very near the core of my philosophies. When I began work there in the early 2000’s it was still a very large company but it had a mom and pop senior management…


I Garden, I Am Not A Gardener

by RYAN MOEGGENBERG Our family is still learning to prioritize high quality, nutrient-dense food. It’s not something that we are all used to so there are trade-offs and slow changes in diet and taste. Marcee and I have full time jobs and two kids before producing HomeSpun. Producing our own food is important to us but we are limited due to renting our home. We have a Tower Garden inside, a few raised garden beds…


A Journey to Market

by RANDY YOCHUM, Supervisor of Perishables Departments, Newport Avenue Market “Oh my God! This is delicious… You should sell this!” How many times have you heard these words coming from the mouths of friends and family? How many times have you thought to yourself, “I’d sure like to do something bigger with my working life; But I just don’t know the steps that it takes?” Those are a couple of pretty daunting questions, and it…


Improving School Meals

The words “school cafeteria food” took on new meaning at a two-day intensive training event that happened in April at the Cascade Culinary Institute in Bend. Chef Garrett Berdan is training a growing number of child nutrition program professionals to prepare delicious and nutritious food for Oregon students. A series of six culinary training events went underway to help improve school cafeteria menus statewide. With support from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and the…


Not Tonight Deer!

Deer Repellent Elixirs for Your Plants by ROBIN SNYDER Tumalo Garden Market Why are certain ingredients effective? Research at the USDA/National Wildlife Research Center in Olympia, Washington, has shown that: • Repellents that emit sulfur odors, like that found in egg products or bloodmeal, provide the best control; • Repellents applied to leaf surfaces are more effective than those (such as capsules or reservoirs) that release an odor intended to create a perimeter; • Repellents…


Organic Lawn Renovation

by TISHA FARRIS of Central Oregon Lawn Center In our last article we discussed aerating and thatching one’s lawn to relieve compaction and increase air, water, and nutrient intake to the soil. We recommend doing this combo once in the spring and once in the fall. Alas, there is more to the story if you want a full and vibrantly green lawn in the Central Oregon region. The first ingredient to the recipe for a…


Bee Update from Tumalo Bee Academy

by STEPHEN HARRIS, Tumalo Bee Academy Spring has sprung. April was a critical time for our bees. Last winter was cold and heavy with snow. Not so this year. Because of the warmer winter there were days our bees had opportunities to fly and do house cleaning. Unfortunately, there was nothing to bring home. Consequently, they used more of their stores then normal. By now, the colony should be building up a population of workers….


Harvest a Return on your Landscape Maintenance Investment

by ERIK HOTVEDT of LAWNS Landscape Maintenance You probably spend $100-$200 per month, or hours every weekend, on landscape maintenance. Have you considered ways that your landscape could return a dividend rather than being a drain on your pocketbook? Or make it worth the time that you are investing? The same practices for maintaining your landscape are currently the same necessities for most vegetables and herbs. Most of these plants have the same requirements as…