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It's Thanksgiving - Thank A Farmer

At the holidays, it is often easy to forget about the people who produce the food we eat. I understand this can happen, especially here in central Illinois - in the heart of the Corn Belt, where we see a lot of corn and soybeans growing. As I often have to remind my neighbors, we raise a lot more than "corn and soybeans" around here. One example, pictured on one of the accompanying p...

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Cranberries

Cranberries

The lowly cranberry doesn't get much attention through the year except at holiday time. During the holiday season, fresh cranberries are once again available in the grocery store. How in the world do they get there? Do they grow on a tree, a plant, or what? The answer may surprise you. Cranberries are native to North America, making them a true "American" fruit. Back in the 1600's, Engl...

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Freezing Fall Foods

If you are waiting on some fall crops to harvest or are able to find a great batch of seasonal fruits and veggies in your local stores, consider freezing them at home for longer storage. After a while, fresh produce eventually becomes soft, mushy, and will not be enjoyable to eat or use in recipes. Freezing can extend the shelf life of your foods and give you a nutritious option when fr...

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