Fund offers grants for local environmental projects

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/26/260607/ The [Douglas County Community Foundation][1] is now accepting proposals for funding from the [Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund][2]. The application deadline is October 1. The fund supports local efforts to preserve and understand nature. Projects may address the fund’s goals in scientific, cultural, educational, aesthetic or economic ways. Please join ...

It's Strawberry Season!!!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/22/255836/ It’s Strawberry Time!!!!! The much awaited spring gardening delicacy has finally arrived. This year’s extended cold weather, coupled with a lack of sunny days, delayed the local strawberry season by almost an entire month. The good news is, the wait is over and local strawberries are beginning to ripen. ...

Farmers Markets Are the Key Ingredient

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/15/255274/ On Friday, May 10, Micahel Pollan spoke about his new book “Cooked” at the Unity Temple in Kansas City. Several folks from Lawrence were lucky enough to be in attendance. The book is, for all practical purposes, the third in a series of writings on one of our nation’s ...

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market to Host a "You Name the Price" Benefit Sale!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/29/254016/ It’s Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market time!!!! Of course Cottin’s Hardware & Rental hosts an indoor market through the winter, but there is just something to be said about an open air farmers market bustling with neighbors, farmers, musicians and, in the case of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market , Free ...

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market This Tuesday!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/19/245137/ Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will be held this Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Stony Ridge Farm will have fresh eggs, jams, jellies, sweet breads, gluten free bake goods, grass finished beef and local honey. Avery’s Produce will have a bounty of fresh produce including ...

Let the Winter Market Begin!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/30/243996/ It's just a little thing... buying fresh produce from your local farmer in the dead of winter, but for some people, it is the thing that dreams are made of. For the second year in a row, Cottin's Hardware & Rental is helping make those dreams come true. Starting ...

Farmers Markets – the New Social Network

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/16/242977/ Gathering spaces, all cultures have them; a place to join with others in the community, a place to share news, listen to stories, trade goods and seek out services. City halls, round houses, parks, churches, taverns and town squares have served as gathering places over time. Since the beginning ...

Three More Weeks of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/09/242469/ If you haven’t made it to Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market yet this year – or if you are a regular weekly goer – you have three more weeks to partake in the food and fun of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market. With three Thursdays left in October, the market is ...

Please Pass the Mustard...

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/03/242156/ It’s officially fall and with fall comes the true bounty of the harvest. Storage crops and fresh winter greens are in abundance at your local farmers market. Chestnuts are not quite ready for roasting, but peppers are ripe and ready to be roasted. You will find Avery Lominska roasting ...

Scarecrow Contest & Auction Benefits Local Gardens

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/26/241780/ Scarecrows have long been a staple in gardens and fields around the world. Traditionally designed to resemble the human figure, scarecrows are intended to keep birds and other pests away from fresh garden produce. Although scarecrows are still used regularly in many European countries, over the years they have ...

Storage Crop Season Has Arrived!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/19/241435/ With cool weather upon us, the traditional growing season is creeping to a halt and most farmers markets are preparing to roll up the sidewalks and hibernate until spring. Savvy shoppers know that this is the time to take an extra bag or two to market and stock up ...

Pear Affair at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/11/240969/ Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits, dating back to 5,000 B.C. when a Chinese diplomat forsook his public responsibilities and began grafting pears, persimmons, almonds and other members of the Rosaceae (Rose) family. Although exact origins are not known, it is suspected that two strains of ...

Farmers Markets Continue Through October!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/29/240288/ September and October have always been interesting months for Midwestern farmers markets. As August wanes, the end of summer crops signals the coming of fall and the harvest of bountiful storage crops marks the impending end of the outdoor shopping season. The school year starts, people get busy, schedules ...

Backyard Chickens for Beginners: why owning chickens is easier than you think

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

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Cordley Chess Club checks their mates at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/14/239550/ It’s been a great summer run, but with fall in the air and classes back in session, the Cordley Elementary School Chess Club will play their last official public games of the season at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market this Thursday, August 16, 2012. Since the first weeks in May, ...

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week August 5 - 11, 2012!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/08/239148/ August 5-11, 2012 is the 12th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets listed with the United States Department of Agriculture has grown over 170%, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to more than 7,800 in 2012. These numbers continue to rise as farmers markets ...

Second Annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair - Thursday, August 2, 2012!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/31/238528/ On Thursday, August 2, 2012 Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will move their farmers, musicians and weekly hot food vendor down the road to the Douglas County Fair Grounds, 2110 Harper Street, to create the second annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair event. The market is a joint project ...

Preserve Summer's Bounty Through Fermentation

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/24/238110/ Take advantage of the bounty of summer by fermenting some fresh fruits and vegetables. Ferments are easy to make, delicious to eat and offer a wide range of health benefits. The process of fermentation to preserve and store foods has been practiced for thousands of years. Ferments were often ...

You Say Tomato... I say Let's Eat!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/18/237821/ When it comes to seasonal food, perhaps the most anxiously awaited time of the year is tomato season. That much lauded flavor of the season’s first vine ripened tomato, followed by an endless supply of delicious mouth watering morsels for weeks to come, is enough to give most of ...

Pictorial View of Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237521/ What's available this week at the farmers market? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a mouthful from Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market! http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237523/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237524/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237525/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237526/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237527/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237528/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237529/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237530/ This week at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market roving troubadour LA Fahy will entertain the ...

Crabapples – The All American Treat

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/05/237335/ Apple pie and the Fourth of July, nothing can get more American than that, assuming your apple pie is made with Crabapples. Traditional apples are not native to the United States. They were first cultivated in Northern America in the mid 1600’s when colonial settlers planted apple orchards from ...

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 ...

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 ...

Local grass-fed beef farm featured in national magazine

Julie Mettenburg

An area farm is featured in the May 2012 issue of *Fast Company* magazine. Mettenburg Farm, operated by Al and Roxanne Mettenburg, Princeton, serves as the backdrop for a two-page spread titled [“The United States of Innovation.”][1] The story features a small tech start-up company, [AgLocal][2], that was named by ...

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 ...

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