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August, 2015

  • 25 August

    County Fair Horticulture Entries

    BY KIM HUGHES – Just one more week until the fair!  This is an exciting time for many that like to enter their handicrafts, art, photographs, flowers, plants and garden produce, hoping to win a ribbon.  Entries for the Education Building will be taken on Tuesday, September 1, from noon to 6:00 pm.  Fresh cut flowers and baked goods are ...

  • 17 August

    Crafts, Baked Goods, Horticulture and More at the Fair

    BY KIM HUGHES – The county fair is just two weeks away – September 1-5!  I hope lots of you have been canning, sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and doing other crafts to enter in the fair.  The fair is a great place to ‘show off’ your skills, win a ribbon and maybe a few dollars, as well. Most entries in the ...

  • 13 August

    County Fair Entries in the Education Building

    BY KIM HUGHES – Just three more weeks until entries are due in the Education Building at the Polk County Fair!  On Tuesday, September 1, we will accept all entries, except Baked Goods and Fresh Cut Flowers, from noon until 6:00 pm.  Baked Goods and Fresh Cut Flowers may be entered on Wednesday morning from 7:30 until 10:00 am.  Judging begins at 1:00 ...

  • 5 August

    Tomatoes Provide a Great Boost to Health

    BY KIM HUGHES – At roadside stands, farmers markets, and gardens you see bright red vegetables that make you long for a slice. But are tomatoes a vegetable or a fruit? Depends on how you look at it; by method of cultivation and use it is a vegetable; however, botanically it is a fruit. Specifically, it is a berry because ...

July, 2015

  • 29 July

    Keep the Heat Out of the Kitchen

    BY KIM HUGHES – When it’s blistering hot outside, I am not a big fan of spending a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. Look for ways to prepare quick, easy meals that will not heat up the kitchen but still feed your family healthy, wholesome meals. Make fruits and vegetables the building blocks of your meal. Most can ...

  • 16 July

    Teaching Young People about Money

    BY KIM HUGHES – It’s never too early or too late to introduce everyday financial concepts to a young person.  And, you don’t have to be a financial expert.  Here are tips from FDIC Consumer News to help parents, guardians and caregivers show a child – from a preschooler to a college kid – why and how to become responsible ...

  • 15 July

    The Peach, a Classic Sign of Summer

    BY KIM HUGHES, EXTENSION OFFICE AGENT – Cultivation of peaches began in China as early as 2000 B.C. By 300 B.C., Greeks and Persians were enjoying peaches. In the first century A.D., Romans began cultivating peaches. From Italy, the cultivation of peaches spread throughout Europe and to the Americas, where the early settlers planted them all along the eastern coast. ...

  • 7 July

    Myths of Senior Assisted Living

    BY KIM HUGHES – Senior assisted living communities are designed to empower individuals to maintain the independence they have come to enjoy.  At the same time, community living provides friendship and companionship.  Senior assisted living communities provide seniors with many options to make sure they feel right at home. Despite the great advantages of community living, making the decision to ...

June, 2015

  • 29 June

    What Your Budding Chef Needs to Know in the Kitchen

    BY KIM HUGHES – Budding chefs are preparing their lunches and snacks this summer and many times it is more than heating something up in the microwave.  Kids and cooking go hand-in-hand; it’s like creating their own edible craft project.  Cooking can be fun, as well as help develop self-esteem and can turn those picky eaters into new adventurers. These ...

  • 23 June

    Summer Squash

    Squash is a gourd fruit belonging to the genus Cucurbita.  Other edible members of this family include cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and gourds.  The earliest cucurbits – probably originating in Mesoamerica – were considerably smaller.  Cultivation dates back 9,000 years, judging by scattered remains of seeds and stems found in prehistoric caves in Mexico.  The Zuni of the Southwest traditionally ate ...