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Boots and Balance

“Your weather,” said our Mexican waiter, trying to make conversation, “so strange.” Up came his hands. “Snow!” Down went his ...
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Muy Caliente

Henry and I enjoy a local Mexican restaurant. We (Henry) is not an extremely adventuresome eater so we order something ...
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A Dr. Seuss Jingle

Gulp! Where did summer go? The last time I sat in front of this keyboard and tried to put coherent ...
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Naked? Never!

Ok, I know … Some people like to be naked. In the shower and bathtub? Yes. In bed? Some of ...
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King Corn

My eyes were opened this week. Shockingly opened! I shared with Joel. His eyes suddenly opened. I shared with Faren ...
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Broken Ankle Chain

I want bats!  I SO want bats!  Especially when I read that bats eat cucumber beetles.  And mosquitoes.  And a ...
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Grandma’s Farming

Skies are blue. Sun’s shining. Wind is calm. The soil is lightly moist: its texture a fine crumb. Seeds are ...
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Chit!  Have you chitted?  Are you chitting?  Potatoes, that is!

Lovely word.  Chitting. I have always wondered where this word came from.  Google, Wikipedia, World Book Dictionary, World Wide Web ...
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John Really is Nuts

Suzie was complaining during coffee break to her co-workers.  “I think John is nuts!”   “Your husband, John?  Why do ...
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Hybrid vs Heirloom?

Hybrid? Open pollinated? Heirloom? Genetically modified? What’s it all mean? What is the difference? What’s better? How do we choose? ...
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Ode to the Power of Plants

On June 16, 2014, Year of THE Flood, we were hit with hail.  Sioux Falls had already experienced a very ...
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Time Well Spent-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

I received a recent thank you from my daughter for her birthday gifts from June, and in it she included ...
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June 1st–Rain and More Rain. by Georgia Totten-Sioux Falls

June 1st already and it is still raining most days.  For newly planted garden seeds that’s a bonus, and for ...
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Back Again, by Georgia Totten

I ended my last season a but abruptly due to a few health concerns, but am back in the garden ...
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Winding Down the First Round, and Rain! By G. Totten, Sioux Falls

What a gorgeous rain yesterday!  By my estimation, it started around 5:15 AM (in my part of town) and remained ...
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Finally, Tomatoes and Pepper Recipes-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Had I known we would have one of the hottest, driest Julys in decades I would have thought twice about ...
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Pressure Canning and Maybe a Second Crop?–G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Last week I pressure canned six pints of mixed yellow wax and Blue Lake green beans with the pressure canner ...
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Radio Ad features Farm to Feast

Click here to hear our radio ad for the Farm to Feast event ...
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Argus Leader features Falls Park Farmers Market

Two articles in the Argus Leader recently featured the Falls Park Farmers Market. Click below to read the features ...
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Containers, Cicadas and a New Batch of Weeds -G. Totten, Sioux Falls

As we round the corner into mid-summer, I thought it might be a good time to offer a few observations ...
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Backyard Pea Massacre-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Something massacred my trellised peas this week, just bit them off about mid-way up and took a bite out of ...
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FPFM joins Sioux Falls Chamber

The Falls Park Farmers Market is now a member of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce. As the leading Sioux ...
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May 27th, 2012- Georgia Totten, Sioux Falls

6AM today felt like rising in the tropics as I readied myself for work.  I had awakened earlier around 2AM, ...
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Ducks and the End of an Era-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Early last Sunday morning I saw a pair of mallard ducks in my back yard. Although I had heard them ...
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Moth Attack & Market Opening-G. Totten Sioux Falls

As soon as I turned on the light this morning somewhere around 6AM, a short but frenetic battle scene took ...
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Faux Spring & a Saving Tool. By G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Clearly, we had a faux spring this year.  Almost everything is up and lilacs are blooming, but aside from that, ...
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April 1st~Another Year. Georgia Totten-Sioux Falls

Well, the calendar says it’s barely April, and cool temps are surely still out there for our area, but it’s ...
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Recipes to End the Season-G. Totten

Gosh, end of the Market already.  For anyone who may have been reading these random thoughts throughout the season, my ...
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The October Market-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Instead of winding down for the season, the Market will be in its heyday these next few weeks, promising to ...
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Cooler Temps-by G. Totten, Sioux Falls

With the nighttime temperatures beginning to stay steadily in the mid-fifties (keep an eye on mid-week, which is predicted to ...
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The “Recipe”~G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Following is the recipe mentioned early on this season for the tomato and pepper canned mixture I have grown so ...
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Celebrate the Season~G. Totten, Sioux Falls

This evening I entertained a small group of women I have known for some years who meet frequently to share ...
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Minimizing Chemicals in Food~G. Totten, Sioux Falls

One of the reasons to support the farmers market is to increase the nutritional value of what we eat (by ...
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Harvest Recipes-G. Totten, Sioux Falls

With the seasonal abundance of cucumbers and tomatoes, here are a few good recipes to preserve the fresh taste of summer.    ...
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Garden Failure Sparks a New Plan~by G. Totten, Sioux Falls

Yesterday I canned thirteen pints of bread and butter pickles, half of which were made with cucumbers from my own ...
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High Summer-by Georgia Totten~Sioux Falls

High summer brings images of tall stands of corn; Saturday afternoons spent sipping cold drinks between outdoor chores, stopping to ...
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Get Ready for Canning Season-by Georgia Totten-Sioux Falls

 Although the extreme humidity this week made the yard feel like a sauna, I had the opportunity to get out ...
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The Bee Friendly Yard-by Georgia Totten

 After reading about the recent bee concerns experienced at the Kattenberg farm (Seedtime and Harvest) I was inclined to do ...
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Fresh Recipes for Herbs and early Vegetables

If you were lucky enough to be at the market early yesterday you were treated to some lovely breezes, just ...
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Products for Easier Yard and Garden Work

This year it is apparent that time has finally caught up with my sixty-year-old joints, hence my kneeling pad in ...
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At the End of Another Wet June

As did many in our area, I got most of my garden planted late this year, and here we are ...
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Rhubarb Recipes

The rhubarb season was all over the place this year, with some plants going to seed before Memorial Day and ...
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Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes

Sometime around1980, my late father gave me a book called Terrific Tomatoes, written by the editors of an organization called ...
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A Social Need

I was in Minneapolis this week for my grandson’s third birthday party, and on Saturday visited a newly formed farmer’s ...
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A Weed Dilemma

With all the recent rain it’s been a real challenge to keep my lawn under control.  You know the drill; ...
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Something New and Non-Cold Hardy Roses

One thing I recently purchased that is already making my work in the yard much easier is a simple upright ...
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Springtime Stalker

By Jim Mathis According to the calendar and the television weathermen with freakishly perfect hair, the first day of spring ...
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Jumping the Gun

Shortly after rising on Saturday morning I noticed the gutter atop my garage wasn't draining properly, and after poking at ...
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Thoughts on Urban Soil

I just returned from a weeklong visit with my son and his family in Sacramento, CA. and spring is in ...
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Fire in the Garlic Patch

Do you want to hear about my ‘ big boo-boo’?  Here goes . . . Back in February Henry took ...
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First Day of Spring

The weather yesterday started out cold, with a constant clammy mist. But in the afternoon, a sudden warm front turned ...
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Return to Market

This is the time of year I begin daily walks around my yard, looking under sodden piles of last November’s ...
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