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I can still picture my grandmother standing at the stove drinking the leftover liquid from the vegetables she cooked for dinner-to get every last nutrient.  She understood that vitamins and minerals played a primary role in a healthy diet.  Like so many living in the early 1900’s, she kept a kitchen garden to grow veggies,…

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Fifty years later, “Hippie” ideals are alive and well. The summer of 2017 marks 50 years since the Hippie Generation descended upon San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district.  Over 100,000 people collectively responded to the movement that embraced peace, love and self-expression.  Music and art, individualism, anti-consumerism and pro-community attracted many young people.  Hippies gathered around…

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Holiday Craft Fair Favorites I use Kitchen Hand Towels daily to dry my hands while preparing food.  They cut down the use of paper towels and decorate my kitchen.  I love the ones with a crocheted top that you can button to the handle of the fridge or oven.  Every year I look forward to…

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I grew up in Seattle during the 60’s and 70’s, also known as the “Hippie Era.” Nothing expressed the best side of this counterculture movement more than The University Street Fair. Booths lined along “The Ave” filled the senses with Patchouli, incense and ethnic food aromas. Exotic imports and indie crafts fulfilled gift buying needs.…

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As reported in this article by the Small Business Association-purchasing gifts from your local small businesses this holiday and through-out the year can have a dramatic impact on our economy. SHOP SMALL BUSINESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON One exciting place to find gifts for your loved ones are at your local fair/festival/farmers market.  There are holiday…

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I always say that I am amazed by the abounding creativity and excellence found at fairs and festivals. Every year I see several “why didn’t I think of that” products. In addition to new discoveries, I love to shop at holiday gift shows to purchase gifts that have become a Christmas tradition. For me, themed…

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“4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Working in partnership with 110 universities, programs are research-backed and offer life-changing experiences to youth around the world.” In School Programs In-school programs and clubs typically run in conjunction with the…

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This herb tea blend is intended to calm the nervous system.  When summer is hot and hectic-chill out with a healthy glass of sun tea. 3 Tablespoons Lemon Balm 3 Tablespoons Nettle 1 Tablespoon Chamomile 1 Tablespoon Mint 1/2 Tablespoon Rose Petals 1/4 Tablespoon Lavender Lemon, Lime, or other fruit as desired Mint Garnish  …

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Did you know that the number of farmers markets that accept SNAP benefits is dramatically increasing? This means access to high quality, fresh organic fruits and vegetables for everyone-regardless of income. Win-Win Using SNAP benefits to purchase produce at the Farmers Market benefits both the consumer and farmer.  Everyone knows that consuming more fresh fruit…

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Pateros Strong-One Year Later Today marks one year since the largest wildfire in Washington State history burned 256,000 acres in Okanogan County. While Pateros and the surrounding areas are still recovering, it is fitting that today is also the beginning of the Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree weekend. This high-spirited event is the epitome of small…