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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:24

Many hands makes jamming time a good time

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Mention jamming to a musician and they will pull out their instruments and start tuning up.

I’ve rediscovered turnips. Hakurei, or salad turnips, are a new favorite and so pretty. These mild, tender, milky white turnips are great raw in salads, lightly roasted or sauteed. Look for them at farmers markets or in specialty stores.

Friday, 12 June 2015 12:50

It's time to pick strawberries

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I loved strawberries when I was a kid. Then I didn’t. Now I do again.

For a while there I was so tired of looking at strawberries I couldn’t eat them. Well, unless they were on top of ice cream or made into jam and slathered onto a piece of toast. That’s because we picked acres of strawberries all summer long for fair money -- money to spend at the county fair. We sold quarts of strawberries along the road. Every time someone would pull in alongside our sign, one of the kids would run out to manage the sale.

Well, it’s that time of year to pick your own strawberries -- some pick-your-own farms started up last week.

If you go, take the kids, but leave the dog at home. Kids need to know where their food comes from, and this is an excellent opportunity to teach them. Leave the dog at home because no one wants a dog running around a strawberry patch smashing the berries.

Today, most places provide baskets for picking and charge by the pound, so you don’t need to worry about trying to get that basket as full as possible.

Wear comfortable clothes but make sure you have good shoes for walking around in dirt and across uneven ground. Take some sunscreen.

Where there is fruit, there are bound to be bees. Instead of dousing yourself with bug spray, try wearing white -- beekeeper suits are white for a reason. Avoid dark colors like red, brown, navy and black because they resemble the colors of natural predators and will cause bees to be more aggressive.

That said, bees are more attracted to smells than they are to colors. Avoid wearing perfume, scented soaps and lotions and scented laundry detergents.

Here’s another thing I recently learned -- some laundry detergents contain UV brighteners. If this is in your detergent, there’s a good chance that bees can pick up on it, regardless of what colors you’re wearing. Best to avoid it.

Pick-your-own Strawberry locations in southeastern Wisconsin, 2015

• Blue Clay Berry Farm

5154 Wisconsin Highway 50

Delavan, 262-745-3720,                

BlueClayBerryFarm.com

• Skelly’s Farm Market

2713 Hayner Road, Janesville        

608-757-1200

SkellysFarmMarket.com

• Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn

262-728-3266

AppleBarnOrchardAndWinery.com

• Thompson Strawberry Farm

14000 75th St., Bristol

262-857-2351

ThompsonStrawberryFarm.com

• Berryville Farm

424 13th Ave., Racine

262-498-6648, BerryvilleFarm.com

• Berry Basket & Greenhouse,

4026 N. Henke Road, Milton

608-868-2290

BerryBasketAndGreenhouse.com

• Hazeltine Strawberries

8212 Wisconsin Highway 11,

Janesville, 608-876-6161

• 30th annual Cedarburg                   Strawberry Festival

June 27-June 28, Washington Avenue,

downtown Cedarburg

888-894-4001, 262-377-9620

CedarburgFestivals.com

Strawberry Festival June 20, 2015, in Beloit, Wisconsin

BELOIT -- Sun Valley Presbyterian Church will hold its Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 20, at the church, 1650 Sun Valley Drive, Beloit.

The event runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting with a breakfast of strawberry crepes, pancakes and sausage. Lunch includes barbecue pork sandwiches, hot dogs and turkey or veggie wraps.

Desserts include strawberry ice cream shortcake and sundaes.

Family activities include an arts and craft fair, kids carnival with bouncy house and basketball free throws.

A raffle will be held at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 608-365-7547 or go to SunValleyPres.com or SunValleyStrawberryFest.com.

Friday, 05 June 2015 13:34

Coffeecake will get you through the morning

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They keep telling us to eat breakfast but if you’ve got a houseful of people who are in a hurry to get out of the house, you’ll need additional ammunition. One of these recipes ought to do the trick.

Easter, whether you are religious or not, is celebrated around the world. In addition to observing Jesus rising from the dead, people celebrate a seasonal rebirth. Modern interpretations of these celebrations give us the Easter basket and the Easter bunny.

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