• Lunch in the Garden:

    Gardening break: greens, blueberries, strawberries, prosciutto wrapped dates & champagne strawberry dressing

  • CTC: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Rainer Cherry Galette

    Cinnamon Sugar Gallette with Rainer Cherries

  • Sea Scallops and Bacon

    Sauteed Kale and Garlic with Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

  • Herps
  • Shrimp and Peach Kabob with Spring Onions

    Shrimp and Fresh Peach Kabob with Spring Onions

  • Twin Cities Farmers Market
  • SWLRT Funding
  • Dial-a Ride SW Transit
  • Summer Sale 2015
  • 101 & 61 Reconnection Project
  • Summer Pie 2015

    Cherry, Cranberry, Pomegranate, Strawberry Pie with Cranberry Nut Crust

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

Corn, Peppers, Tomatoes on a Stick

Corny, but true, corn is the summer food kids remember the most. With the arrival of locally grown what comes to mind is corn on the cob, slathered in butter, seasoned with pepper or salt. Corn (maize) is a versatile vegetable at its peak around July 4th. There are even some surprising corn varieties you may not have seen including white, blue, purple and red corn. What's not to like: health benefits of corn include antioxidants and phytonutrients, fiber and carotenoids....

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Remarkable Women...

 

Prop: Janet Palmer  

Janet Palmer was recently named Executive Director for People Reaching Out to People (PROP). She's been with the organization since 2008 after a career change from the private sector. "At that time, I decided that I wanted a change and do something that felt more meaningful to me and closer to my community," she recalled. PROP is a local food shelf and emergency service organization that serves Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. "I'm excited and honored to be taking over this role," she said.

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Minnesota Communities...

 

SWLRT Funding/Station Cuts?

Update 7-15- Southwest Station to be the only westernmost stop in Eden Prairie. John Welbes, Communications/ Media Relations for the Southwest LRT project, responded to a Q & A on the current status of funding/ possible cuts for six LRT stations including: .Southwest Station, Eden Prairie Town Center and Mitchell Stations and Golden Triangle Stations in Eden Prairie. The Royalston Station in Minneapolis and the Penn Station in St. Louis Park. The towns in the train's path include: Minneapolis,St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.

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Home and Garden...

 

Campsis radicans: Trumpet Vine

Small gardens and vines are not incompatible.Though the Trumpet Vine, Campsis radicans, often referred to as a creeper, can climb and spread, its growth can also be trained just like any plant with pruning and containment. Very small yards can accomodate vines on obelisks and a garden trellis..Vine supports run the gamut, including a variety of small trellises for pots. Growing vines in the ground or in pots adds color, variety and height to a smaller garden. Nurseries will often dissuade vine lovers from planting vines in smaller gardens. But, vines can actually work quite well in the smallest spaces.

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Places to Go...

 

CTC: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

If you've always thought of theater as a non-interactive form of entertainment, you haven't been to the Minneapolis Children's Theater Company. CTC's production of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea is an adaption from the classic science non-fiction novel by Frenchman Jules Verne, published in 1870. Your excursion starts when you officially become an ensign as a member of Team Orka. As ensigns you will embark on a simulated underwater journey in search of Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus. And there's more...

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

Twin Cities Farmers Markets

Where to go in the South-West burbs for MN Grown: from honey to wax beans, here's a list at MN GROWN, plus up-coming food events this summer. From rhubarb to bacon and beer, there are events for all tastes. Find out more about local CSA farms, Community Supported Ag Farms near you. Here's a directory of 90 farms including ones that grow root veggies and heirlooms, apples and berries, and more.. and from MNGrown a local availabilty chart . June: Rhubarb, Spinach, Carrots, Cauliflower, Peppers, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and more...

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Things to Do...

 

Painted Turtles or "Herps"

Painted Turtles, along with Blandings, Soft Shell and Ouachita Map turtles, all call Minnesota home. Turtles were around long before humans (200,000), going back 200 Million years ago, back to the age of dinosaurs. One astounding thing about turtles, though they're slow movers, they have a great sense of direction and always know where they're going. That's usually their nesting place. Why do you think they call Turtles, Frogs and Snakes "Herps?" 

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Minnesota Grown...

 

Eden Prairie Sunday Growler Sales?

Please take-me-home: Growlers, and Tap Rooms in Eden Prairie: In May of 2015 Governor Dayton signed off on a new law allowing the sale of beer growlers on Sunday. The law allows brewpubs and tap rooms to sell growlers and 750ml bottles to take home. But before craft breweries can sell they have to get permission from local city councils. The Eden Prairie city council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would allow Sunday growler sales.

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  Transportation...

 

Update 6-15: HWYS 101 and 61

Update 7-25-15- Hwy 101 will have alternating lane closures between Shakopee and Flying Cloud Drive through Sept. 7. The lane closures will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hwy 61 closed in both directions between Great Plains Boulevard and County Road 101. Great Plains Boulevard closed at County Road 101. There is no access to  the County Road 101 river crossing between Chaska/Chanhassen and Shakopee (The County Road 101 river crossing is open for motorists between Shakopee and Eden Prairie)

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Home & Garden...

 

 

Summer Oudoor Party ideas from Better Homes & Gardens: buffet tables and self-serving buffet eats. Make seasonal vegetables center stage for a colorful and healthy presentation.

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Out and About...

 

 

2015 International Balloon Feista in Albuquerque Oct 11-13. Find out what's happening at the Festival. Artisans, Kids Day, Film Fest, Music Fest, Balloon Glow...

 

 

 

Happening Now...  

 

 

What's happening now? #growler sales on Sunday in Eden Prairie? Second reading of city ordinance by the Eden Prairie City Council to allow Sunday Growler sales. Here's what a Growler station looks like filling a 64oz growler.