Local Garlic 2012: A Good Year or a Bad Year?

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jun/27/236880/     “I haven’t seen much garlic at market yet, maybe it’s a bad year?” says Nicole, a resident of Wichita.     “Are you kidding? I’ve seen garlic the size of my fist at farmers markets around here!” responds Toby, from Bonner Springs.     “Well, we have two different growers ...

A Season for Onions!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jun/26/236788/ One of the most nutritious and versatile early summer crops is often overlooked as farmers market patrons focus on the shorter harvest crops like zucchini, sugar snap peas and broccoli. Maybe it is the lack of urgency that keeps people from lining up to purchase the season’s first onions ...

Eating Seasonally - Mmmmm Good!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jun/20/236483/ Eating with the seasons means purchasing and consuming foods that are fresh, ripe and readily available locally during any specific time of year. Asparagus in the spring, tomatoes in the summer, and winter squash in the fall are just a few examples of eating seasonally. Eating seasonally is good ...

Savor the Season at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jun/18/236414/ Crying out for onions? Baffled by beets? Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market may have just what you're looking for! Savor the Season, a program of the Kansas Rural Center, encourages farmers market shoppers to eat by the calendar. While some vegetables, like summer squash and cucumbers, are available for months ...

Farmers Markets – The Ultimate Mood Enhancer

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jun/13/236140/ When it comes to shopping at farmers markets, there are those that do and those that do not. For most, shopping at the farmers market is a choice. People choose to shop at the market because they perceive farmers market produce to be tastier, fresher and more nutritious than ...

Kansas Ranks #19 in National Locavore Index

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jun/6/235869/ Kansas may not be #1 when it comes to supporting local agriculture, but 19 out of 50 isn’t bad. In the first ever [Locavore index][1], a simple mathematical calculation of a state’s commitment to local food, Kansas was ranked nineteenth out of the 50 United States. [The Strolling of ...

Virtual Local Food Bus Tour of Northeast Kansas

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

While you're gearing up for Saturday's Local Food Garden Tour, enjoy a "Virtual" Local Food Bus Tour... You can CLICK HERE to take a "virtual" Local Food Bus Tour! (For descriptive captions, click "Show Info" to the top right of the slideshow) On May 23, 2012, I was privileged to ...

Celebrate 20 Years Of Hardware With Hops and Homegrown Food @ Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/may/30/235570/ It has been twenty years since the Cottin family moved to town and purchased Zimmerman’s Coast to Coast Hardware Store at 1832 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, KS. As with most Lawrence businesses, the hardware store brought with it a fair share of history. In 1946 Mr. Zimmerman moved his ...

Strawberries are Out, Apricots are In!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/may/23/235305/ Eating seasonally has its many benefits, as well as a few disadvantages. Nutritionally speaking, eating seasonally can provide us with the optimum balance of vitamins, minerals and proteins our bodies crave. Eating seasonally also provides us with a closer approximation of calories needed to support our daily activities. In ...

American Craft Beer Week @ Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/may/15/234993/ It is American Craft Beer Week and what better place to celebrate local hand crafted beer than at a farmers market filled with fresh local produce, neighborhood friends and awesome local music? This Thursday, May 17, 2012, Free State Brewing Company will be serving up their tasty brews alongside ...

Westside Lawrence farmers market has new home

Sara Shepherd

After unexpectedly losing its Thursday home, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market has a new home in west Lawrence. The westside market will set up Thursday evenings in a vacant lot next to Emprise Bank’s Lawrence Market branch, 1121 Wakarusa Drive. The new location is just a few blocks south of the ...

Displaced farmers market produce vendors to sell at Cottin's tonight

Sara Shepherd

In a last-minute change of plans, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market Thursday vendors will sell their produce today after all — just not at their previously planned location. Produce vendors who expected to be at the market’s former Westside location — the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive — ...

Chess Play Commences at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/may/9/234562/ Thursday May 3, 2012 marked the beginning of the Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market outdoor season. As was expected, the market was filled with fresh vegetables, locally made breads and bake goods, fresh eggs, honey, grass fed beef, and pasture raised pork and chicken. Those familiar with Cottin’s Market were ...

Weekday Farmers Markets Begin!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/apr/30/234068/ We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but this year’s April showers also mark the start of the weekday farmers market season in Lawrence, KS. On Tuesday, May 1, the downtown Lawrence Farmers Market will start its weekday market series in the parking lot at 1020 Vermont ...

Help Central Garden Grow!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/apr/17/233446/ Central Garden is growing… but they need your help. Purchase a Paper Picket for $5 and help Liberty Memorial Middle School grow their garden through the summer months. Central Garden is a result of the voices in the community coming together for the benefit of students past, present and ...

Fresh Produce - Is It Open Pollinated, Hybrid, Organic or GMO?

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/apr/10/233085/ The life cycle of a seed is relatively uneventful – a seed drops to the ground, the seed grows into a plant, the plant produces more seeds, these seeds are dropped to the ground and more plants grow. It seems simple enough, but add man to the mix and ...

Grass Fed Beef – It’s What Could Be For Dinner….

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/mar/27/232302/ It is a little ironic that one of the biggest movements in the food industry today is simply a step back in time, with a bit of present day ingenuity. 100 % Grass Fed Beef is making a comeback on dinner tables across the country, as consumers search for ...

Exactly What is “Braising Mix”?

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/mar/21/231888/ The thing with shopping at a Farmers Market is that often the farmer’s tables are filled with items you will never find in a typical grocery store. This is a good thing and a bad thing for many reasons and depending on who you are, it can be an ...

Magical Mushrooms

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/mar/11/231385/ The nutritive qualities of mushrooms have long been overshadowed by magic and mysticism. From Aesop Fables and Alice in Wonderland to the Mario Brothers, mushrooms’ underling magic qualities are often the focus of lore and folk traditions, as well as more modern day media ventures. What is typically forgotten ...

Magical Mushrooms

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/mar/11/231385/ The nutritive qualities of mushrooms have long been overshadowed by magic and mysticism. From Aesop Fables and Alice in Wonderland to the Mario Brothers, mushrooms’ underling magic qualities are often the focus of lore and folk traditions, as well as more modern day media ventures. What is typically forgotten ...

Finding Local Food

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/mar/7/231170/ Finding local food is not always an easy venture. Attending farmers markets is by and large the quickest way to get fresh local food from the farm to your plate, but often there are more choices than meet the eye. Luckily, various websites dedicated to connecting eaters with producers ...

Farmers Markets Boast Tasty Collaborations!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/feb/28/230840/ When it comes to almost anything, cooperation is usually a more productive avenue than competition and when it comes to local farmers markets, cooperation is the key to success. Farmers learn early on that cooperation with fellow farmers will produce much more palatable results than competition. Farmers often share ...

FREE High Tunnel Workshops, Lectures, and Farm Tours this March

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

http://wellcommons.com/users/Our_Local_Food_KRV/photos/2012/feb/23/230551/ High Tunnels, or “hoop houses,” are simple, cost-effective, unheated greenhouses that typically utilize passive ventilation for air exchange and cooling and an irrigation system for crop production. These structures are widely useful. They can help extend the growing season for many crops, limit garden pests, and offer protection from ...

Black is Back at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/feb/21/230436/ Black Spanish radishes have long been a late winter staple in European countries, often making their appearance on the market table during that sullenly barren time when winter reserves have been depleted and spring crops have yet to bloom. Traditionally eaten by the slice with a swig of strong ...

Get Your Winter Greens On!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/feb/16/230157/ With spring just around the corner, local farms with covered hoop houses will soon be brimming with a wide variety of cool weather greens. Many of these delectable and easy to prepare greens are making their way to the fore front of market tables after years of taking a ...

Hoyland Farms and Wakarusa Valley Farm Join Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/feb/8/229723/ Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market - Indoors just got a little bigger. Avery's Produce has agreed to join Stony Ridge Farms, Mad Farm and Upward Spirals Bakery at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, every Thursday from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm now until the end of April. The addition of Avery's ...

Winter Farmers Markets Growing Steadily

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jan/24/228752/ From Florida to Wisconsin, Colorado to Massachusetts, winter farmers markets are popping up everywhere, affording farmers an off season venue for their wares. Farmers Markets have traditionally been outdoor events, held weekly during the growing season, usually May – October. Often cities or farmers will host a market near ...

Fresh Local Produce in January – Oh My!!!!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2012/jan/12/228156/ Despite the bitter cold of winter that has descended on Lawrence for the day, local residents and friends can enjoy a bit of summer at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental today. Cottin’s Hardware & Rental is playing host to Lawrence’s premier indoor farmers market each Thursday throughout the winter months. ...

Garden Harvests Don't End With Cool Weather

Jen Humphrey

http://wellcommons.com/users/farm08/photos/2011/nov/3/224125/ The kids have been back at school for a couple of months, half of the Halloween candy has been gobbled up, and now you're experiencing a great blast of cold fall weather. You might think that many a farmer's field would be a patch of bare brown ground by ...

Party in the Parking Lot @ Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/llc/photos/2011/oct/26/223536/ As the market season comes to an end, Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market hopes to go out with a bang. Cottin’s will be hosting a party in their parking lot this Thursday, October 27 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Thursday marks the end of the 2011 farmers market season ...

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