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…


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…


Melvin’s by Newport Avenue Market

Connections & Commitment Go Beyond Groceries When the stars aligned last September for Newport Avenue Market to purchase Sisters’ beloved store, Melvin’s, it just made sense. After all, Newport Avenue Market has been Bend’s beloved, locally owned (and now employee owned), specialty grocery store since 1991. Previously owned by Sisters residents Melvin and Sandee Herburger, Melvin’s is clearly well-aligned with Newport’s commitment to offering high-quality and local products. It’s no secret both stores know a…


Year-Round Gardening in Central Oregon

I grew up on a cattle ranch near the Oregon Coast and we grew most of our food. We had chickens and eggs, apple trees and a huge vegetable garden. My childhood summers were spent grazing in the garden and fighting horses for fallen apples. My love of gardening was born then, and wherever I lived, including Alaska, I was able to grow some veggies. That is until I moved to a few miles South…


Have You Had Have You Had Your Flu Adjustment? 

  I’m sure you are all familiar with the phrase “Flu Season”. Despite what you may think, the Flu is actually not a season. It is an inability to adapt due to: Decreased Sun Exposure Decreased Water Intake Increased Sugar Intake Increased Stress Levels Therefore, it’s certainly not something you should accept without a fight! Did you know that your immune system is actually increased by up to 58% for 48 hours or more after…