By Crystal Wakoa
At last, the air is crisp and cool. Evening temperatures call out the need for sweaters and a yearning for the comfort of hot soup. Nothing fits the bill like winter squash. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as winter squash are planted in the spring along with summer squashes, but take much longer to ripen. Harvested in the fall, the squashes’ hard outer shells allow them to be stored without refrigeration all winter long.
Of the dozens of varieties of winter squash to choose from, butternut, acorn and sugar pumpkin (aka a small Halloween pumpkin) are most... Read more
Let’s be honest, when it comes to beer there is always something new to try! Microbrews have become a huge success in recent years and with more and more breweries opening, the selection continues to grow larger. Now the question is…how do you decide which one you like best? Below is a short list of seasonal fall beers available at New Leaf Market Co-op!
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Pumpkin Ale – This 5% ABV ale is spiced infused using fresh ground spices, dark sugars & real pumpkin. This ale is brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, and molasses. It is... Read more
If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to combine adventure, mystery, art, and outdoor appreciation, letterboxing will be right up your alley. Before I had heard of letterboxing, I was familiar with geocaching yet was discouraged by the need for a GPS device or GPS enables smart phone. Lucky for me, a fellow parent friend told me about thing called... Read more
By Gretchen Hein
Imagine you’re a prince, soon to become a king and to honor your marriage to your favorite princess you invite the town to a several day gala…not too far out of the realm of possibility. Now imagine that your wedding celebration has become an annual event for about the last 200 years and is the largest celebration in the world. Allow me to introduce you to Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in Mϋnchen, or Munich, Germany as we call it and is attended by approximately six million people from all over the world.
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Ever heard of a little something called the Appalachian Trail? The Appalachian Trail (or AT) is a federally designated and protected scenic hiking trail that zigs zag through the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Since its creation in the 1930s, hikers the world over have been daydreaming about the... Read more
Regardless of your age, being witness to the metamorphosis of a chubby crawling caterpillar into a stunning butterfly is never dull. In north Florida, we are in full swing of butterfly season and there is no better time than now to appoint yourself caterpillar foster... Read more
Spanish moss hung from towering cypress trees, dancing in the delicious breeze that whispered hints of a coming fall. A rope swing dangled above crystal clear blue waters, calling out to all those with enough moxie to grab a hold of one of its many knots. As my kiddo... Read more
By Crystal Wakoa
Do you love growing food? Do you appreciate the perfection, beauty, simplicity and magic of a seed? Are you appalled by the corporate takeover of seeds? Does it break your heart to know that in the last 100 years 94 percent of seed varieties have been lost forever? If so, you deserve to learn what it takes to become a seed saver.
Let’s say you’ve grown your best watermelon ever and you want to save the seeds for next year’s planting. You expect to grow watermelon identical to, and as delicious as the parent plant. A worthy endeavor, indeed, but one best... Read more
By Gretchen Hein
Ever arrive home at the end of a challenging day and wish the Fairy Kitchen Goddess had sneaked into the kitchen while you were away, leaving behind a yummy meal for you to enjoy? In many households the dinnertime “chef” works outside the home, and arrives home after a full day’s work to prepare a nutritious home cooked meal. It’s easy to allow the constraints of time, energy, and creativity to give way to fast food or boxed quick meals, both devoid of good nutrition and high in fats, salt and sugar. Crockpots and slow cooking offer more options and better choices.... Read more