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…


Spring 2018 #BeADoer ~ Tomato Success

by Barbara Phillips I had heard that growing tomatoes in my Central Oregon garden was going to be “challenging” or even “not worth it.” But after eleven years of fairly successful tomato harvests, this year (2017) was by far the best! I do not have a greenhouse, but even with minimal investments of time and resources, the tomatoes in my small 100 square foot garden space happily produced a crop that exceeded my expectations. Let…


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…


Winter 2017 #BeADoer

We’ve all seen that article on the cover of virtually any magazine about homesteading, bushcraft or self-sufficiency. The headline reads something like, “See how one family in Iowa makes a living entirely off of one acre.” There will be a few pages about how they are completely self-sufficient, buying almost nothing at the grocery store while earning their entire salary through farmer’s markets and CSA’s. Then there is an aerial photo or drawing of their…


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…