• Pea Soup with Ham Shank

    Pea Soup with Ham Shank & Root Vegetables 

  • MN River Valley 14

    Minnesota River Valley, Shakopee and Eden Prairie 

  • FallWinter 2014

    Marshall's Pumpkins Fall 2014

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food

    Marshall's Farm Fresh Food, Eden Prairie

    #MNGROWN

  • Squash Blossoms

    Squash Blossoms at Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, MN

  • Squash Blossoms

    Fried Squash Blossoms with Jack and Parm Shavings & Spring Onions

  • Squash Blossom Farm

    Chicken Coop at Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, MN 

  • Seedfolks CTC

    Seedfolks at the Children's Theater Company, photo by Dan Norman

  • Journey Throws

    The PLAIDS ARE HERE: Meet Johnny, Jameson, & Jack: Journey's New Sherpa Fleece Throws 

    #PHLSHOP

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food

    Kohlrabi Marshall's Farm Fresh Food, Eden Prairie

  • Roasted Yellow Beet Salad

    Roasted Yellow Beet Salad with Yellow Heirlooms & Collard Greens

  • Heirloom Tomatoes Squash Blossom Farm

    Heirloom Tomatoes at Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, MN 

  • Pumpkins Hap Halloween

    Happy Halloween: Sailer's Greenhouse, Shakopee, MN 

  • Staring Lake Autumn

    Autumn at Staring Lake, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food Fall

    Marshall's Farm Fresh Food, Eden Prairie, MN

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

 Heirloom Tomatoes

It's a gene thing. Heirloom tomatoes lack a genetic mutation that gives red tomatoes their color and taste. Heirlooms are grown from "breed true," seeds unlike the seeds of hybridized plants. They start from a seed handed down for generations from a particular region or area. Heirlooms are open-pollinated, which means they're non-hybrid and are pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention. Visit Marshall's Farm Fresh Food in Eden Prairie featuring the best local produce. Browse their home-grown Heirlooms, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, potatoes, onions, eggplant, corn and more. You'll find a huge variety of farm-to-table produce, antiques, jams, and new fall arrivals: squash and pumpkins.

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Remarkable Women...

 

Joan Howe-Pullis  

Joan Howe-Pullis is running in 48B for Minnesota House of Representatives. If you've had the opportunity to meet Joan, you would probably feel like most people, she is engaging, honest, and a great listener, rare qualities in politics today. Joan agreed to share some of her insights and personal thoughts about what people really care about. Joan says when you meet people at their front-door, conversations get started, and she listens and learns so much from everyone she meets. More about Joan and her campaign...

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Minnesota Communities...

 

Council Woman Sherry Butcher Wickstrom

The third Q & A in a series of interviews with Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and council women Kathy Nelson and Sherry Butcher Wickstrom. #PHL had the opportunity to meet with each to talk about the state-of-the-city and the upcoming November election. Sherry is serving her fourth four year term as an Eden Prairie council woman. She has also served on the Advisory Board to the Hennepin South Services Collaborative, the Eden Prairie Foundation, the Board of Directors for the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the Committee for Democratic Governance for the National League of Cities.

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Home and Garden...

 

Crock-in-the-Pot

It's no crock! About 15,000 years ago hunter gatherers caught on to cooking in a pot, which allowed them to process and consume food in a totally different way. The wayfaring lifestyle, foraging for sustenance, would have made it a real back breaker to trek thousands of miles with additional trappings – so cook ware would not have made the odyssey in search of food. Climate change is attributed to altering the nomadic lifestyle, changing the way food was collected, cultivated and prepared. Enter the prehistoric pot, forerunner to the vessel, the receptacle, the saucepan, the crock..

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Places to Go...

 

Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, MN

Susan Waughtal is a farmer. Not just in the sense of how we've always regarded farm women as stewards of land, food makers, yes, she is all those things, but with a more enlightened sense and sensibility. This is not just because she understands and practices the new farming of sustainability, ecology, and creative entrepreneurship, but because she brings a multi-dimensionality to farming that is deeply personal, the sum total of her life experiences, including the understanding that to own and run a farm today is as much about social engagement as it is about small agri-business.

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Minnesota Politics...

 

Loon BIG GOV, except when she's SMALL

Actually, you're going to get both, regardless of what Jenifer Loon says. But, for those of you who have been hood-winked into believing the "Big Government" talking-point describes Democrats only, it's really just a whole lot of bunk. Jenifer Loon is as "Big Government" a politician as it gets when it serves industry and ideological positions or religious beliefs, and "Small Government" when it actually is in everyone's best interests.

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Things to Do...

 

EP Referendum: School + Community

Eden Prairie Schools + Community = Excellence. Best place to live, work and go to school. That's what the Nov 4th Referendum entails: residents move to Eden Prairie because of the schools, so it's important to support both questions on your ballot in November. Even if you're an empty-nester, or single, the excellence of our school system is a contributor to high property values, parks and recreational facilities and a long list of community amenities that make the city of Eden Prairie one of the best places to live. 

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Minnesota Grown...

 

North Folk Winery

Welcome to the Vinsted

Mike and Ann Tessneer, local winemakers in northeast Minnesota, started North Folk Winery 13 years ago. They began by plucking crab apples right off the trees in their backyard, and later experimented with rhubarb and eventually berry combinations. In the tradition of local vintners like Elmer Swenson, who cultivated cold climate grapes in the 1940s, the Tessneers began making wine from grapes that survive in northern climates.

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  Transportation...

 

SWLRT Up for Project of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The $1.65 billion Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail extension is up for the North American Project of the Year, specifically for its superior engineering detail, at next week's forum hosted by the globally recognized firm CG/LA Infrastructure in Washington, D.C.

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Food...

 

 

Squash Blossom Farm, Oronoco, MN. Best small sustainable farm with hydroponic gardening via fish, solar heating and more.. Must visit.

 

 

 

Politics...

 

 

Morning Joe on the up-side of the ACA from the CBO, check it out. Bankrate says Obamacare cuts deficit..

 

 

Happening...  

 

 

Joan Howe-Pullis is running in SD48B against Jenfier Loon. You can see them both at the Womens League Candidate Forum Sept 30th, Minnetonka. Check out details on our Facebook page.