• EP Community Gardens

    Rick Swindlehurst tending an Eden Prairie Community Garden plot

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food

    End of Summer Crop at Marshall's Farm Fresh Food in Eden Prairie

  • Heirloom

    Heirloom Tomatoes

  • Rainer Cherry Galette

    Cinnamon Sugar Gallette with Rainer Cherries

  • Shrimp and Peach Kabob with Spring Onions

    Shrimp and Fresh Peach Kabob with Spring Onions

  • Heirloom Tomatoes

    Heirloom Tomatoes Summer 2014

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food

    Fennel Marshall's Farm Fresh Food, Eden Prairie

  • Wrapping & a Rolling

    Wrapping & a Rolling: Summer Eats #PHLFOOD

  • Wrapping & a Rolling Caprese

    Wrapping & a Rolling: Grilled Caprese Tomato Basil Wrap

  • Heirloom Flatbread

    Heirloom Tomato Flatbread #tomatoseason #PHLFOOD

  • Lobster

    Lemongrass Infused Grilled Lobster & Peaches

  • Rolling & a Wrapping

    Rolling & a Wrapping: Summer #PHLFOOD

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food

    Curly Lettuce Marshall's Farm Fresh Food, Eden Prairie

 

 

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 non-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. Marshall's grape Heirlooms make the perfect salad ingredient. More soon on grilled heirloom salads.

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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 coming soon...

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Minnesota Communities...

 

E.P. Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens

The first in a series of interviews with Eden Prairie Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens and council women Kathy Nelson and Sherry Butcher. #PHL had the opportunity to meet with each to talk about the state-of-the-city and the upcoming November election. Nancy served in Eden Prairie as a council woman from 1994 to 2001 and Mayor from 2002 to 2006. She was elected to her current term as Mayor in 2010. The first interview is with Mayor of Eden Prairie, Nancy Tyra-Lukens..

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Home and Garden...

 

Eden Prairie Community Gardens

Finally, it's that time of year again, the inklings of a summer salad grown by local gardeners. A labor of love that starts by watering and tending garden plots once the ground is warm enough, sometime in May. Rick Swindlehurst is growing vegetables for his daughter at the Eden Prairie Community Garden, right off Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie. What's growing? String beans, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, zucchini, squash, berries-all-kinds and more..

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Places to Go...

 

Boating: Happiness and Freedom

We all know about those grumpy old men fish stories, but what about the boat? There's a Grumpy Old Men fishing tournament, adding to its popularity there's a fishing pole named after it. What else can you do out in the middle of a lake in a tiny boat, other than fish? Tell fish jokes. Of course no need for a boat when it's thirty degrees below zero. Then there's Sven and Ole, a ficticious duo, whose creation resulted in more fishing jokes, seemingly Minnesota bred. Again, no boat. There are actually lots of bad jokes about fishing, but not boats. And Sven and Ole, they've become legendary Minnesota folk heroes, even got a nod from Garrison Keillor. 

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Minnesota Politics...

 

No Cake for Us...

Let's be clear: this isn't about a lawsuit or impeachment, it's about cake. It's one thing to have a couple bad eggs, but we're talking dozens here. Erik Paulsen and fellow Republicans, with the exception of a handful (five to be exact who voted against the law suit) have raised the heat so high, they've singed, no they've reduced to ashes, what has been and remains a dismal national approval rating. This is how they cut the cake: Republican tax breaks actually supercede discretionary funding which represents less than one-third of the total federal budget, while mandatory spending accounts for around two-thirds. 

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Things to Do...

 

Riley Creek Woods Conservation Area

As if it's not enough just to take-it-all-in visually, there's the scent of damp earth, fresh air, the perfume of fresh water, intermingling with the sweetness of herbaceous local flora: trees and plants, the bitterness of decomposition, and the knowledge that wooly mammoths roamed there.

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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 Municipal Consent

John Welbes, Communications, Media Relations for the Metropolitan Council said St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hennepin County have already voted in favor of municipal consent. According to Welbes the Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on municipal consent for the SWLRT on Aug. 29. Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges have a preliminary agreement based on changes to the current plan. Both the council and Minneapolis will be taking separate actions toward a conclusion that is agreeable to all.

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