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Fresh Start Farms

by Ryan Moeggenberg On a late December morning Marcee and I went out to Alfalfa to meet Kathi and Tom Miller of Fresh Start Farms. As we pulled in the driveway we were greeted by the very friendly farm dog Charlie and Tom walking from the barn. I had been in contact with Kathi through brief text messages as she lost her speech due to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She had heard of my high…


Carrot Cake Jam

by Justin Kohler Ingredients 1 20 oz can unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots 1-1/2 cups chopped peeled ripe pears 3 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 pkg powdered fruit pectin 6-1/2 cups sugar Directions In large saucepan, combine first seven ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 mins or until pears are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in pectin….


Local Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Sherry Cream

by Rockin’ Dave of Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro & Backstage Lounge 661 NE Greenwood Ave. in Bend • 541-318-8177 Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Onion (Med Diced) 1/4 Cup Garlic (Sliced) 3 Pieces Bacon Small Pinch Red Chile Flakes (Optional) 1 tsp Kosher Salt 1/4 Cup Cooking Sherry Wine (Con Marsala Substitute) 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream Dash Tabasco (Optional) 2 Cups Brussel Sprouts 2 Cups Butternut Squash (Large Diced) Optional Garnish Parmesan Shaved Chopped Parsley Slivered Almonds,…


Battling Colds with a Common Ditch Weed

by Ryan Moeggenberg Mullein is a common Central Oregon weed that many people do not know as a valuable pharmaceutical replacement. It has large, velvety leaves, small yellow flowers at the top and can reach up to six feet in height. The velvety leaves earned it its nickname ‘cowboy toilet paper.’ Historically, it was known as the candle wick plant because, when dried, it burns easily so it was dipped in wax and used as…


The Perfect Garden

2018 is here! The anticipation of spring flowers is on people’s minds and gardening season is beginning. Thoughts of seeds and soil, buds on trees and flowers emerging around our properties. Veteran gardeners are implementing systems that they know work. They know what soil amendments they prefer and when to add them. They have tried varieties of seeds and know what works best. They know where to plant certain plants to take advantage of microclimates…


Wake Up Central Oregon Gardeners!

by Robin Snyder Tumalo Garden Market Okay, its February in Central Oregon. The weather is changing. We may have warm enough days to work the soil, but the nights are still freezing. It is time to be thinking about prepping your soil and planting. Here are the important things to consider. Start from the Ground Up — Test Your Soil Everyone needs fuel. Plants as well as humans. Plants need an adequate level of nutrients…


Roasting Your Rainshadow Turkey

by Sarahlee Lawrence of Rainshadow Organics www.rainshadoworganics.com A day ahead of roasting, remove neck and giblets from turkey. Mix cider, salt, lemons, bay leaves and 3 quarts water together in a large bowl or stockpot; stir to dissolve salt. Submerge turkey in the bowl or pot, cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. Alternatively, put turkey and brine in two clean, unscented plastic garbage bags (one bag inside the other), tie well and…


Central Oregon Lawn Center

Your One Stop Shop Central Oregon Lawn Center is a one stop shop for lawn advice, rental equipment, irrigation equipment, feed and seed. The store motto is “To Turn The World Green… One Lawn At A Time” using Eco-friendly supplies and approaches. Central Oregon Lawn Center is here for the “do-it-yourself” homeowner, as well as for the seasoned landscaping professional. Our advice is geared toward Central Oregon climate and water-wise, organic solutions to your lawn…


Drink to Your Health

I would like to use this space to highlight benefits of natural remedies to life’s health problems. My name is Tish and I am a 200-hour certified yoga teacher with additional trainings from institutions and organizations operating around the United States. I received this training and am writing this article because I have a passion for finding ways to not only help ailments in my own life through the mindset of yoga, but to also…


Healthy Seasonal Holiday Foods

Have Your Pumpkin Pie & Eat It Too November is here and you know what that means. You guessed it— November is the time that a lot of our favorite fall foods and flavors are in full swing. Pumpkins, cranberries, squash, apples, pears and oh so many more! With so many fall inspired recipes and treats, it can not only feel overwhelming which one to choose, but also easy to forget that these foods pack…