Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Craft Supplies: Face Casting Kit

This do it yourself face casting kit provides the equipment, supplies and easy to follow instructions for making one face cast, adult or child, in extraordinary detail (with eyes closed).
The finished sculpture will be natural white in color and can be painted or finished.

The kit includes: MoldGel, Alginate-Based Mold Powder, CastRite Casting Stone, two 2.5-gallon reusable plastic Mixing Containers, Clay (to plug nose holes when casting), Plaster Bandages, and cotton pad to bond MoldGel to Plaster Bandages.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Gourmet Halloween Gift Basket in The Gift Shop.

Gourmet Halloween Gift Basket now available among the Gift Baskets in The Gift Shop.

This hauntingly delicious gift basket includes gourmet Halloween themed chocolates, cookies, coffee, and candies.

Features Lindt Milk Chocolate Jack-O-Lantern Truffles Gift Bag, Jelly Belly Candy Corn, Fairwind's Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Too Good Gourmet Ghost Fun Little Creepy Chocolate Chip Cookies and more.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Smoked Sockeye Salmon from Kodiak, Alaska

Smoked Sockeye Salmon now available from Kodiak, Alaska

Hand filleted Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon.

Alder smoked in the Native tradition, then vacuum sealed and gently cooked in its own juices. This preserves the salmon naturally, so no refrigeration is required until the pouch is opened.
This smoked slamon has a rich full flavor and a natural deep red color that makes it a connoissiers choice. International orders welcome.

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Truffle and Porcini Oil from Grafton, California

Truffle and Porcini Oil Collection now available direct from the producer in Grafton, California

This extra virgin olive oil infused with the essences of gourmet porcini mushrooms and truffles can be used in place of fresh mushrooms or other gourmet ingredients.

May also be used to garnish hot pasta, potato or vegetable dishes, or as a wonderful dip for fresh bread.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Camp Shirts from Virginia Beach, Virginia

Camp Shirts now available from Virginia Beach, Virginia

This short-sleeve Hawaiin style 100% natural fiber cotton camp shirt features a unique print and classic styling. Pair with a matching visor or hair twist to complete your look.

Machine washable.

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Almond Toffee from Nucla, Colorado

Almond Toffee now available from Nucla, Colorado

This is a delicious golden almond toffee made from sweet cream butter, sugar, and almonds, then covered with a layer of milk chocolate and crushed almonds on each side. It comes packed in an attractive gold box and shrink-wrapped for protection.

Sold in one pound packages.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gourmet Cupcakes from North Wales, Pennsylvania.

Gourmet Cupcakes now available direct from the baker in North Wales, Pennsylvania.

These gourmet cupcakes are produced in a mobile bakery (van) and sold throughout Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at farmers markets and special events. Home delivery is available with online ordering.

Sixteen different flavors of cupcakes are available, each named after a famous a famous Jimmy, James or Jim.

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Organic Shiitake Mushroom Growing Kit from Graton, California

Organic Shiitake Mushroom Growing Kit available direct from the producer in Graton, California.

This Certified Organic Mushroom Log growing kit was developed and is produced specifically for mushroom cultivation in the home.

With this kit, you can grow mushrooms easily and quickly almost anywhere in your own home or office. The kit takes only a 6" by 6" space, requires no more care or knowledge than a common tropical plant, and comes with complete instructions.

Mushroom logs will produce mushrooms virtually anywhere that room temperature is maintained - coffee table, counter, or desk.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Here's How To... Start a Farmers Market

Most farmers' markets start as an idea. A group of local growers, a neighborhood association, the local chamber of commerce, or in some cases a single individual, realizes the benefits of starting a farmers' market in their community. From this initial idea connections are made, meetings are held, and the farmers' market begins to materialize.

Now is the time to start planning for next year. Here's the resources you need.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Recipe Archive: Greek-style Nachos

Thanks to olives, garlic, herbs, and roasted red peppers, these nachos have more flavor than the standard, restaurant-style kind.

Recipe from Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist: Fresh Takes on Favorite Dishes by Cat Cora and Ann Kruegar Spivack

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Farm Supply: Fork Grapple

New Skid Steer Loader attachment - Fork Grapple - now available in Farm Supply.

This fork grapple system adds 7000 pounds of hydraulic grabbing power to standard skid-steer forks for moving boulders, tree bulbs, logs, concrete and more.

Made of high-strength, heavy-gauge steel.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Market Looks Promising for Sale of Some 2011 Wheat Now

As Nebraska winter wheat growers head to the field, the markets continue to move in their favor and marketing the 2011 crop should be on their minds. The cash market for winter wheat to be delivered in July 2011 has remained above $5.50 per bushel for the past month. For those producers interested in forward contracting winter wheat and carrying proper crop revenue insurance coverage, this may be a good time to contact the local elevator.

The 2010 UNL Crop Budgets show cash cost for wheat production to be near $2.25 per bushel for both irrigated and dryland production. Total costs for irrigated winter wheat are near $3.40 per bushel, and dryland costs are between $3.50 and $4.00 per bushel depending on the production system. Armed with this information, the $5.50 and higher prices that we see right now allow farmers to lock in a reasonable profit for the 2011 crop prior to putting it in the ground.

Looking back over the past ten years, this will be the fifth year that the September price is above total cost of production. Of the previous four years that had profitable prices at harvest, only three of them were above total costs at harvest. In addition, another year, while above total cost, was below the planting time price at harvest. In other words, over the past ten years only twice has the price at harvest exceeded the price at planting AND been higher than the total cost of production. Knowing this, it may be a great time to look at marketing some winter wheat for delivery in 2011. Selling as much as 20% - 30% of the expected crop would not be out of reason in this market.

With the present wide basis levels, futures contracts may not be as attractive as they have been in previous years. The basis risk in the market today is a challenge for the traditional hedge until some stability in basis relationships returns. Cash forward contracts appear to be more attractive for producers than they traditionally have been.

Much of the current price strength is based on poor crop expectations in other production areas in the rest of the world and general weakness of the dollar. With recent increases in price based on export potential, the price movement either upward or downward is going to be tenuous for the next year. Marketing small percentages of the next crop over time may be a good strategy for those farms that are comfortable with marketing ahead of harvest.

Paul Burgener
Extension Ag Economics Research Analyst
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

98% Lean Texas Longhorn Beef from Ennis, Texas

98% Lean Texas Longhorn Beef now available direct from the producer in Ennis, Texas

Rib eye, filet, sirloin, top sirloin, London broil, chuck roast, ground beef, sausage and stew meat available at Dallas Farmers Market, over-the-counter sales and home deliveries.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Have You Tried... Perry Pears?

Thought to be descended from wild hybrids, or "wildings," perry pears are the fruit of pear trees found primarily in the west of England.

Higher in tannin and acid than most eating or cooking pears, perry pears are also generally smaller.

There were once over 100 varieties of perry pears in Gloucestershire alone, with picturesque names like Red Huffcap, Merrylegs, Mumblehead, Stinking Bishop, Hartpury Green, Bosbury Scarlet and Bartestree Squash. Sadly, many of these have become endangered or lost.

"Perry, which is made from the pure juice of the perry pear, is one of the oldest fermented drinks in Britain and the tree one of Britains most venerable growths," writes John L. Jones in Crafts From The Countryside.

Unlike apple cider, which is usually made from a mix of apple varieties, vintage perry is made from the fruit of a single variety of perry pear. The quality of perry, consequently is critically dependent on the variety it is made from and the quality of soil in which the trees are growing.

"The optimum stage for milling and pressing varies from variety to variety and one of the reasons for the quality of some farmhouse perry was, undoubtedly, that the farmer could get to know his individual trees as well as he knew his cows. With this knowledge, he could mill and press his pears when the fruit was 'vintage ripe,' a much more limited period than that of cider apples which can hang about for weeks. In this respect, farmhouse perry making, based on individually known trees and varieties, was perhaps the nearest English equivalent to the winemaking skills of France."

Perry pear trees often live to a great age with considerable height and very large canopies. They can be fully productive for 250 years.

"The perry pear is unique in its resistance to the trials with which other fruit varieties are beset in old age. Those in Gloucestershire span the generations like parish records, and there is no denying the old saying that, 'he who planteth perry peats truly planeth for his heirs.'"

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Home Grown: Planting Fall Flowers

Chrysanthemums, pansies and ornamental kale can add color to a drab fall garden.

Chrysanthemums have been cultivated for more than 1,500 years and come in a wide variety of colors and types. They flower in many variations of yellow, gold, pink, white, red, bronze and purple. The flowers can be smaller than one-inch buttons or two-inch pompoms, but can grow as large as six-inch decoratives. These flowers also come in many shapes, from daisies to round, many-petaled balls.

These plants can grow as compact 10-inch mounds to plants that are several feet tall with stems suitable for cutting and placing in a vase.

Growing garden mums is relatively easy: they prefer full sun, require soil that drains well and has a lot of organic matter, and only need to be fed once or twice during the summer.

To encourage more flowers, pinch off one inch of growth on each stem every time they grow to six inches long. If you do not pinch them back, they tend to get leggy and fall over on their side. Stop pinching after mid-July.

Mums can be divided each spring by digging up the whole plant. Discard the middle and replant the vigorous new shoots.

Although mums are best planted in mid- to late May, you will not be sure what color flowers you are getting. Many garden centers have a small amount of mums in the spring but stock up in the fall when they are blooming. While garden mums are hardy in northern states, those planted during the fall will sustain winter damage that may kill them.

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