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    Posted on August 30th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Some vegetables and fruits are best when not refrigerated.  Here is my list.

    1.  Cucumbers, cukes tend to shrink..no matter where you store them, but they shrink less on the counter or cool basement.  They should be eaten quickly anyway!!

    2.  Onions  (dry onions….in a cool dark place, green onions…in the fridge).

    3.  Potatoes  (they go starchy when refrigerated, store in a cool dark place, like a basement)

    4.  Garlic  (fresh garlic from the garden should store 6 months, store in a brown bag open at the top, in a cool place or pantry).

    5.  Tomatoes, believe it or not…I store mine in a tub on the kitchen table with the lid on!!!

    6.  Peppers, peppers don’t have a very long shelf life, wash, dice and freeze if necessary.

    7.  Grapes, wash and store on the counter, easy access for a healthy snack.

    8.  Apples, cool dry place

    9.  Raspberries, when stored in the fridge, they will pick up fridge flavors and they do not have a very long shelf life out of the fridge, wash and process immediately!!!

    10.  Winter squash, in a cool basement, they should store and taste best before Christmas.


    As you may know, storing these and others in the refrigerator allows the item to last longer…but flavor will be lost.


    Posted on January 24th, 2013 Pam No comments

    Did you know…
    1. Disneyland does not sell chewing gum.
    2. Squirrels forget about 50% of the nuts they hide.
    3. It only takes about 7 minutes to fall asleep.
    4. 315 entries in Webster’s dictionary are misspelled.
    5. Giraffes can go longer without water than camels.
    6. In the state of Kentucky it is against the law to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
    7. 12 newborns are give to the wrong parents each day.


    Posted on January 17th, 2013 Pam 1 comment

    Procrastination, we all do it, but did you know that most of the things that we usually postpone can be accomplished in less than a minute?

    Here are my top 10:
    1. Untie my shoes before taking them off
    2. Floss my teeth
    3. Take out the garbage
    4. Pay a bill
    5. Return a phone call or email
    6. Water the house plants
    7. Make a grocery list
    8. Read an motivating thought
    9. Do a good deed.
    10. Smile
    Don’t get me wrong, I do these things but not as quickly as I should.

    Do you have some to add to this list?
    Comment with your top 10.


    Posted on January 10th, 2013 Pam No comments

    We are in the thick of cough and cold season.
    Did you know:
    Germs from a cough travel up to 60 mph?
    Germs from a sneeze travel up to 100 mph and can send over 100,000 germs into the air. The best way to prevent germs from spreading is to cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm.

    A sneeze is caused by a nerve transmission that tells the brain that something in your nose needs to come out. Sneezing protects our body from inhaling bacteria and viruses by getting them out of the nose.


    Posted on January 3rd, 2013 Pam No comments

    I saw this on a bumper sticker yesterday.
    Have you feed your kids today? Thank a farmer.

    I saw this on TV yesterday.
    ‘No Farmers, No Food’

    Farmers work hard to bring food to you.
    They love what they do.
    Thank them for it.


    Posted on December 24th, 2011 Pam No comments

    1. Stone yo-yos appeared in Greece around 100 BC. (how old are your toys?)

    2. Each week, Mattel sells 1.5 million Barbie Dolls, about two per second.

    3. The tradition of exchanging gifts started by the Ancient Romans.

    4. There are twelve courses in the Ukrainian Christmas eve supper. Each dedicated to one of Christ’s Apostles.

    5. Alabama was the first state to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.

    6. Bing Crosby’s famous “White Christmas” won an Oscar in 1942.

    7. Gingerbread houses were made famous by the fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.

    8. The candy cane was created by a candymaker in India. Early versions of candy canes were straight, but in the late 1600’s were bent to resemble a shepherd’s staff.

    9. Candy canes started as a treat to keep the children’s choir quiet during ceremonies in the late 1600s.

    10. The sale of Christmas trees began in the US in 1851.

    11. For each Christmas tree cut down roughly three are planted. It takes about 15 years for a Christmas tree to grow from a sapling to full size.

    12. A Christmas tree a day keeps the doctor away. Edible white pine needles are high in Vitamin C. (YUCK!!)

    13. The first electric Christmas tree lights were sold by General Electric in 1903.

    14. Almost $8 billion are spent on Christmas decorations each year.

    15. Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and is the number one flowering potted plant in the United States.


    Posted on April 29th, 2011 Pam No comments

    SAFE FOOD? We can’t always choose the safest food, but we do have a choice in what we purchase. Sometimes we can use a safer substitute. Below are two lists, one is ‘clean’ fruits and vegetables, the other is ‘dirty’ fruits and vegetables.

    Here is a list of the famous ‘DIRTY DOZEN’. Most of this food is thought to be safe, but isn’t because of pesticides that are easily absorbed through the skin.

    1. Celery has no protective skin, so it is very hard to wash off chemical pesticides that are used to control pests.
    2. Peaches have delicate skin that readily soaks up chemicals. They are the ‘dirtiest’ tree fruit.
    3. Strawberries sold out of season usually come from countries that don’t have strict regulations for pesticides.
    4. Apples even when washed or peeled won’t eliminate chemicals entirely.
    5. Blueberries are one of the most contaminated berries on the market.
    6. Peppers when sprayed with insecticides, easily penetrate the skin.
    7. Spinach is the most contaminated leafy vegetable, it is usually very hard to clean because of all the cracks and crevices.
    8. Kale is also hard to clean completely.
    9. Cherries when purchased from a local market have as many as three times the pesticide as imported cherries.
    10. Potatoes are usually sprayed with chemicals to stop sprouting for longer storage. The chemicals can’t be entirely removed even when peeled.
    11. Grapes, no matter how through they are washed, the pesticides have soaked through the skin.
    12. Pears, as pests become more resilient to pesticides, more and more chemicals are used to keep pears pest free.

    Here is a list of the ‘CLEAN 15′.
    1. Onions, look for onions that have an onion smell, but not overpowering.
    2. Avocados have a tough skin that pesticides usually can’t penetrate.
    3. Sweet Corn is protected because of the many layers of husk.
    4. Pineapple, choose one that doesn’t have a strong sweet smell. This strong smell usually means that it is overripe and is starting to ferment.
    5. Mango is protected from pesticides because of it’s thick skin.
    6. Asparagus, is rarely sprayed with pesticides.
    7. Peas are least likely to have pesticide residue, they are protected by the pod.
    8. Kiwi peeling is a barrier for pesticides. Kiwi should smell good and be a little soft to the touch.
    9. Cabbage is not sprayed with many pesticides. Look for cabbage that has shinny leaves and firm. Discard outer leaves.
    10. Eggplant is least likely to have pesticides. Look for shinny skin, if the skin is dull it is more likely to be tough.
    11. Papaya, the pesticides stay on the skin, but wash it thoroughly before opening.
    12. Watermelon is safe because of it’s thick rind, always wash before cutting.
    13. Broccoli is safe because of the few pesticides needed to control pests. Buy a tight bunch, don’t buy if yellow flowers have opened. Stalks should be firm, not rubbery.
    14. Sweet Potato. Pesticide residue is unlikely. They are a super food, high in beta carotene and Vitamin A.
    15. Bananas are a very clean food, their thick peeling prevents most pesticides from entering the fruit.

    Ten additional ‘clean foods’.
    Radishes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, honeydew, raspberries, cranberries, earthy mushrooms, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.

    When having a garden, it is nice to know that you control what is on or in the vegetable or fruit.

    There are three things most people add to their garden.
    1. Herbicides to kill unwanted weeds.
    2. Pesticides to kill unwanted insects & bugs.
    3. Fertilizer to help the garden grow.

    Be as organic as possible with these three additions. There are lots of organic products available for the garden, be current with all new products. It is always good to ask questions at a Commercial Greenhouse.

    In your garden, be selective with fertilizer. Be careful with herbicide and pesticide sprays. Make notes of what you used and what the results were.

    Remember, sometimes less is more.