• Erin Maidlow
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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…

  • Maryjean Anderson For The News-Review
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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…

  • Kathy Bates
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I have to be completely honest . . . until about a month ago, I just wasn’t that impressed with Brussels sprouts. From my childhood recollections, they never smelled that good and they tasted like they smelled. So, Brussels sprouts and I were not friends.

  • Rhoda Mozorosky
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On cold damp days, chili becomes a comfort food. The raisins and cashews almost taste as if there is meat in this recipe. If you are a meat eater and cannot imagine eating chili without meat, add chopped beef to the recipe.

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We love to partake in all the local Halloween festivities. Not only does our community put on such fun events, but getting multiple opportunities to get the most bang out of your buck on those costumes is a big win.

  • MANDY HATFIELD For The News-Review
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When thinking about a quick dinner for tonight, I thought about tuna. Tuna is a quick, inexpensive protein that can be used in so many ways. All fresh fish cooks quickly, and canned tuna is even easier because you just need to pop open a can. Tuna doesn’t have to be just used in tuna sandwic…

  • 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…

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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…