Saving Honeybees, One New Beekeeper at a Time!

by Stephen Harris, Tumalo Bee Academy Through raising plants and landscaping, Mike Ludeman of Tumalo Garden Market realized the importance of honeybees for pollinating the plants he was marketing, planting and growing. He connected with local beekeeper, Stephen Harris, who has kept and raised bees in Central Oregon since 1968. Michael got the beekeeping bug and with help from Stephen, started three hives in Tumalo at the nursery. Meanwhile, Stephen was holding classes and mentoring…


Jamaican Grilled Sweet Potatoes

by the MoeGang Household Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds) 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 2 teaspoons dark rum Directions 1. Pierce sweet potatoes in several places with fork; place on paper towel in microwave. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender, rotating one-fourth turn halfway through cooking time. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut sweet…


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…


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…