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Yeah, school’s back in session! That means meeting new teachers, reuniting with old friends and getting back into familiar routines.

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This time of year is in full swing for preserving all of the wonderful food available locally. There are green beans, corn, tomatoes, pears, apples and peppers. I have been busy getting as much done as possible between work and the various kids activities we have going on.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Rd., Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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Nothing says summer quite like a ripe peach. When I close my eyes and think back to my childhood, I can totally feel the sun on my shoulders, see the shimmering water of our above ground pool, smell the freshly mown grass, hear the birds chirping, and taste that delicious peach.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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Did you know that there are over 600 different types of bees in Oregon? And most play a role in helping make many of our favorite foods through a process called pollination.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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During the month of June, Food Hero and Oregon Harvest for Schools are recognizing African Heritage Traditions from the American South.

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Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer for me. Many people go camping for the first time of the year on Memorial Day weekend. I can now be included in that statistic.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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From fresh-picked produce to just baked goodies to handcrafted items, farmers markets in central Douglas County offer consumers and visitors a variety of choices.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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Physical activity all year round is very important for individuals of all ages. I am not saying you have to be signed up for a sports team, work out class or a gym. I am saying you need to move naturally throughout the day.

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TODAYMelrose Farmers Market — 4-7 p.m., Melrose Grange, 3811 Melrose Road, Roseburg. bit.ly/3vAuDlC.

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During the Great Depression, the U.S. government was looking for a way to promote iron-rich spinach as a meat substitute. They decided to hire one of America’s favorite celebrities, Popeye the Sailor Man, to spread the word.

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Students from around the globe are providing local residents with an opportunity to learn more about their food and cultures. On Saturday, April 9, the Douglas County AFS Chapter will have a booth at the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market.

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THURSDAYSutherlin Farmers Market — 2-6 p.m., Corner of Willamette Street and Everett Avenue, across from community center. Local food, fresh seasonal produce, bedding plants, fresh eggs and more. Information: 541-315-6843 or facebook.com/SutherlinFarmersMarket.

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SATURDAYUmpqua Valley Farmers Market — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-530-6200 or uvfarmersmarket.com.