Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hot Pepper Seeds from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Now available in Plants & Seeds:
Hot Pepper Seeds from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This vendor offers over 50 varieties of Hot Pepper seeds from around the world, including the hottest pepper in the world - Butch T Trinidad Scorpion.

These seeds are de-seeded by hand and hand-picked from the plant... no machines, chemicals or genetically altered seeds.

All seeds are available year-round. Most seeds are only $2.99 or $3.99 per packet.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Rural Delivery: So God Made a Farmer

by Paul Harvey.

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Buying Seafood in Season

To get the best prices on seafood, buy when the fish or shellfish are in season and available in large quantities.


Rock – season
    August - December in Gulf
White – season
     June – August for Gulf
     Mexic fall – spring
Brown – season
    June – August for Gulf
Pink – season
    January – June for Gulf

Continued at... Buying Seafood in Season

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Holidays and Notable Events: Ash Wednesday

Meat Abstinence

During the Middle Ages, meat was the most desired of foods. What better way to make an alimentary penance during Lent than to abstain from this pleasure?

As food historian Massimo Montari explains, "The diet required by the liturgical calendar during Lent could nonetheless be delicious. Choice fish and delicate vegetables could easily replace meat on the determined days."

Pierre Abelard, a 12th century philosopher, once asked why it should be penitent to give upordinary meat only to have expensive fish.

"The point is that it was a substitution," Montari points out in Let The Meatballs Rest. "The consumption of fish was not dictated by a choice of taste, but rather by an obligation, a restriction, an imposed renunciation."

Consequently, he suggests, meats attained a higher social standing in the Western diet than fish or vegetables -- a bias that continues to this day -- because it was forbidden during Lent.

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Venison from Moundridge, Kansas

Now available with Venison in  Meats:
Farm-Raised venison from Moundridge, Kansas

USDA inspected farm-raised venison now available direct from the farm in Moundridge, Kansas.

At 2.4 grams of fat and 120 calories per 100 grams of meat, venison is probably the healthiest choice of all the red meats.

This venison comes from one of the few Fallow Deer farms in the United States. Domestic venison farming is important and popular in Europe and New Zealand, while virtually unknown in America.

Fresh and snack venison is available as burger, sausage, medallions, chops and roasts.

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Holidays: Mardi Gras

Beneath the Mask

Mardi Gras is a very decadent pagan festival, similar to the European tradition of Carnivale, where people wear masks and behave in uncharacteristic ways. The energy of these festivals lies between the between the realms of the mystical and the mundane, where we might meet another version of ourselves.

Get a basic mask from a craft store. Put it on and look at yourself in the mirror. Light a candle and turn of the lights. Continue to look at your reflection, especially your eyes. You may find you see some odd things, but let these images offer you insights into your true self.

~ Llewellyn's 2013 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Home Grown: Testing Garden Soil

When planting time arrives, how do you know if you are putting the right amount of lime and fertilizer on your lawn, garden or field?

To be certain, this is time to take a soil sample -- before planting a crop or garden. A soil test should be the foundation of any fertilization program.

No one call tell whether a field or garden has too much phosphorus or too little organic matter simply by smelling and touching the soil. But, a sample of the soil taken to a local extension office can be tested to determine what is needed to maximize potential.

Continued at... Testing Garden Soil

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Tips from the Farm Kitchen: Healthier Substitutions

Here are some substitions that will "make it healthier":

  • If you're using bread crumbs... make it healthier with oats or finely ground fiber-rich non-sweetened cereal.
  • If you're using cream... make it healthier with evaporated skim milk.
  • If you're using 1 whole egg... make it healthier with ¼ cup egg substitute or two egg whites.
  • If you're using all-purpose flour in baked goods... make it healthier by replacing half the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour.
  • If you're using iceberg lettuce in a salad... make it healthier with romaine, endive or other dark-green leafy lettuce and include baby spinach leaves.

Continued at... Substitutions

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