• Mindy Ward

    Local Food Fight

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     by Mindy Ward
     on July 31, 2013

    Where does your food come from? Well just pick up any local grocery flyer and you may see a familiar face. But now I am confused. Which farmer raises the best product? Which store should I choose? Like many other consumers, I scour the local grocery advertisements to see what is on sale this week. Recently, I have been put in a quandary. Two large grocery store chains are using photos of farm families alongside their produce. I know their individual name, farm name, hometown and state…

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    Finding Seasonal Fresh Produce On The Road

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     by Mindy Ward
     on July 8, 2013

    I am the first to admit that pulling into a farmer's market is a little overwhelming. I am not a vegetable connoisseur. The row upon row of green, red and purple fruits and vegetables has been known to cause mild anxiety attacks. Which one do I pick? How do I prepare it? Well, if you are a fresh produce novice like me, help is on the way. The University of Missouri Extension released a free smart phone application for iPhone, iPad and Android based on its publication Seasonal and…

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    Farmers Finish Up Planting

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     by Mindy Ward
     on July 3, 2013

    What a difference a year makes. This time last year, I could sit in the shade and sweat. Temperatures hovered around 106 degrees F, and reached into the triple digits for six days straight. Corn was drying up for excessive heat and lack of moisture. Today temperatures are at least 20 degrees cooler with highs in the lower 80s. For the first time in weeks, precipitation averaged less than one inch across the state. Driving across the state this week, the crop progress varies. The corn…

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