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Right now in Douglas County, you can find an abundance of fresh produce. Everything tastes so fresh when you get it in-season. I just can’t get enough of our local produce during the summer. There are so many ways to eat all the wonderful food grown in Douglas County. I like to eat some of i…

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It is hard to imagine a food more humble than the mushroom. It pops up out of the soil and clings to the earth as it grows, dull in color and quite camouflaged, no blossom or heady scent to give it beauty. Its claim to fame is the flavor, from bland Crimini, found in every grocery store, to …

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Now that summer has finally arrived, many of us are gearing up for the warm weather traditions of picnics, family reunions and barbecues. These activities give good reason for paying attention to the issues of summer food safety. No one wants to bring a food item to the company picnic that i…

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Bananas are one of those foods that we tend to take for granted. Inexpensive and available year-round, they are sometimes overlooked for more exciting fare. However, this wasn’t always the case.

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I don’t know about you, but when I think of snacks, I inwardly (and sometimes outwardly) cringe, thinking about the non nutritional calories I’m about to consume. Salsa to the rescue! Although most of us enjoy our salsa with chips, if there were a few veggie sticks or slices available, the c…

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Many areas of Douglas County have infestations of Scotch Broom and other weeds similar in appearance. I am sure you have noticed them growing along the highways and in the fields and forest. They could be mistaken for pretty if not for their invasive nature. Many who have experience trying t…

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Lehne Farms, established in 1974, is probably most familiar to folks in this area because of their extensive u-pick offerings. Out in lower Garden Valley, Norm and Cinda Lehne have been providing food for several generations of families, and the next generation is coming on strong. Glen, son…

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Having a well-stocked pantry can make your weeknight dinners a lot easier to plan, and can also help reduce food waste. And if you have guests stop by it can ease the stress of impromptu entertaining. So what is the best way to organize a pantry? Regardless of size, having a plan is the first part.

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Protein can be an expensive part of any meal, but tofu is a healthy protein that is inexpensive and very versatile. Have you tried tofu before? There are so many ways to use it, from main dish protein to smoothies and dessert. Tofu is made from soybeans and can be found in a variety of forms…

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Consider the humble salad. Sometimes it is a wedge of iceberg lettuce, well doused with Thousand Island dressing and possibly classed up a bit with some bacon bits on top. Now, consider the not so humble salad. The kind you get from the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market. The kind that is truly fr…

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By the end of 2018, the US will produce over 19 million tons of chicken. That weighs three times more than the biggest pyramid in Egypt. It is fair to say that America likes its chicken. This bird’s ancestor, the red junglefowl, was discovered long ago in Asia. Since then, chicken has become…

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For the most part, these Farm to Fork articles highlight a producer of the food that you put on your plate. Dragonfly Ranch, located in Azalea, can fill your whole plate, or help you produce your own food for your plate. Owners Joe and Lee Yetter and ranch managers Fern Feather and Paul Wulf…

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In my last Instant Pot article, I did tell you all about my favorite item to cook in the pressure cooker — eggs. I’d like to elaborate, because it is really that amazing, and with Easter approaching there should be no more fear for taking on those scrumptious deviled eggs. You will have inst…

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Have you ever noticed how old crocks, brown glass gallon jugs and half gallon canning jars get pounced on at garage sales and flea markets? These are relics of food preserving done by fermenting, rather than by chemical additives and sugars. Many of these old ways have fallen in favor of the…

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Sweet potatoes are quite possibly my favorite food. They can be made in so many ways, savory or sweet, and they are good for you. Do you eat sweet potatoes only during this time of year or do you enjoy them year round? You can find them at grocery stores year round, and they taste great any time.

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I started working from home in 2013 and over the next couple of years I gained quite a bit of weight. I was always home and always around food. I was exhausted all the time. I felt sick. I started having horrible migraines three or more times a week. My face was broken out all the time. My b…

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This months’ Oregon Harvest item is lentils: the small but mighty legume that packs a punch. Looking for a low fat, high protein meal with lots of flavor and versatility? Look no further! I love lentils for their ability to be made into so many different and wonderful dishes. Evidence of len…

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If you’ve been to the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, you’ve probably noticed that there are many odd and unusual things in the way of edibles on the display tables. Carrots and potatoes in various shades of yellow, orange and purple and white, pumpkins with ugly warts, tomatoes of every color…