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A sit-down restaurant known for its tapas and beer has transformed into a bright red food truck traveling around Roseburg, and if everything goes according to plan, a brewery in a former auto repair shop downtown.

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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In a soft bend of the South Umpqua River near Winston, 2-B Angus has found a niche in the community and at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market in Roseburg. Mort and Debbie Banks, along with their son, Landon, preside over 50 beautiful acres of prime irrigated pasture where red-and-black Angus c…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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On first glance, you’d think that growing produce on Dave and Deb Gilding’s property would be nearly impossible. You’d be wrong! Even though everything is planted on a side hill with a few terraces, and planted in poor soil that needs constant amendments, trees, bushes and plants are thrivin…

  • Denise Fennell OSU Extension
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“Can I eat this?” As a Master Food Preserver volunteer, I wish I had a dime for each time someone asked me that question. The answer often comes down to whether the food is homemade or from a commercial source. With commercially processed foods, it is often an issue of quality. With home can…

  • MANDY HATFIELD For The News-Review
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An important part of having healthy food is food safety. Making sure you handle food safely provides healthy food that keeps your body running right. By keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold, washing hands and surfaces and separating foods that can cause contamination, your family can ha…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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Walking down the dusty road along the produce field near Myrtle Creek, one of the first things I noticed were all the different sized footprints. They range from tiny, preschool-sized ones up to teenage, and then adult. This tells the story of the Valadez family; they work hard to make a liv…

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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Salsa is a popular condiment that can be used in a variety of ways. If you have a garden full of tomatoes, you may be getting ready to make a batch of home-canned salsa. This is a great way to capture the delicious flavors of summer, but before you get started, there are a few thing you shou…

  • Erin Maidlow OSU Extension
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It’s berry season here in Oregon, and that means loads and loads of fresh berries of all kinds. Plenty of farms in our area have berries for sale, including u-pick farms, where you can pick all you want and pay a much lower price per pound than what you see at the stores. Not only is the pri…

  • STEVE BAHR For The News-Review
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The soggy slog of winter and spring are over, finally, and it’s time to soak up the hot days and warm nights of summer here in the Umpqua Valley. With July nigh upon us, what better way to revel in the heart of the heat than Oregon Beer Month and our own Roseburg Beer Week+.

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Soon, we will be in the heat of summer, which we are all probably looking forward to. When summer’s heat is upon us, remember to drink more water and eat more foods that are full of water. Water is an important part of our bodies; it makes up roughly 60 percent of our body, so we need to sta…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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One of the best parts of farmers markets is the introduction of things new to us, and even new varieties of “old things.” As we peruse the booths with produce arranged artistically, we see bags and piles of things we don’t recognize. Many of us were raised in the age of iceberg lettuce, oran…

  • Sara Runkel OSU Extension
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The strawberries are ripe! If you have a home garden or community garden plot, you may already be harvesting fruits and vegetables for your table. If you don’t, you can take advantage of one of the many u-pick farms in Douglas County. If you want to preserve some of your harvest to enjoy lat…

  • CRAIG REED The News-Review
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While the smoke rises and the smell of cooking meat permeates the air, a familiar face will be missing at Saturday’s Douglas County Lamb Show barbecue pits.

  • Beth Schultz Douglas County Family blogger
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I recently participated in a health fair at Phoenix School in Roseburg. I wanted to give the kids a dessert that was dairy, gluten-free and a little healthier than the usual sweets they love.

  • Kathy Bates OSU Extension
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Over the past two months, third graders from many of Douglas County’s elementary schools have been participating in Oregon State University’s “Growing Healthy Kids” curriculum. This seven-part series uses gardening as a way of exposing children to a variety of vegetables and fruits. The ulti…

  • DIANE GRIFFIN Brews Review
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Old 99’s story starts like many in the brew industry. Guys homebrewing in their garage decide it would be awesome to brew for real. Since starting that quest back in 2012, it’s been fun to watch the three amigos (Matt Hill, AJ Tuter and Bryan Ireland) grow through their various iterations fr…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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When Barbara Anderson and family relocated from Southern California to the Roberts Creek area of Dixonville, she had no idea the adventures that awaited her. A longtime gardener, self-proclaimed “hippie chick” and avid bird watcher, Barbara found herself in her own little paradise.

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Oftentimes, I hear people say they want to eat healthy but are confused with the overwhelming amount of information about what is and isn’t healthy. I’m going to sum it up for you in 500 words.