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Poblano Corn Fritters

Poblano Corn Fritters - Prairie Californian (1)

I picked up some poblanos a couple weeks ago and I’ve throwing around ideas on how to use them. I always find them in recipes whenever I don’t have them on hand. Finally have them on hand and bam, no ideas. Isn’t that how it always works?  If you’ve been following my Crop of the Month series, I’ve been cooking and writing through all four crops we grow here on the farm. Last month was all about soybeans. I’ve made…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Soybeans

Soybean Growth Stages

Soybean Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts! Many of you enjoyed the wheat growth stages post I wrote so I wanted to do the same for soybeans. I’ve already shared a little bit about the history of soybeans here in the United States as well as some great recipes including soy ingredients.  Why Do We Grow Soybeans? Soybeans are not a crop that was typically grown here in North Dakota, but yet in 2014 North…

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Crop of the Month Soybeans

Soybeans: The Miracle Bean

Soybean Facts

Soybeans. What comes to mind when you think of soybeans? For me it is typically tofu. Today, soybeans are the United States’ second largest crop in cash sales and the number one export crop, with about 40 percent of the world’s soybean trade originating from the U.S. Here in North Dakota, soybeans production has taken off making North Dakota a major player in the U.S. soybean production. In the last 20 years in North Dakota, soybean production has increased by…

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Farming Vacation

National Festival of Breads

National Festival of Breads

When I started out blogging, I had no idea my life would look like what it does today. And I certainly had no idea my blog would bless me with such amazing opportunities. One of those opportunities was being invited to judge at the National Festival of Breads in Manhattan, Kansas. I know right now you’re probably saying, WHAT!? There’s a National Festival of Breads!? Yes, you read that right. The Festival of Breads was established to celebrate the art of…

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Crop of the Month Farming Planting Wheat

Wheat Growth Stages

Wheat Growth Stages

I hope you all have been enjoying the Crop of the Month posts, starting with wheat! I’ve written about wheat quite a bit in the past, so I’ve repurposed many of those posts during this series. I’ve also shared some great wheat recipes that incorporate wheat as a whole grain into your diet, I hope you’ve tried some of them!  As we are coming to a close on our wheat portion of this series, I wanted to share with you…

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Farming Wheat

The History of Wheat

The History of Wheat

Welcome to week three all about wheat! Thanks to mainstream media, wheat has kind of gotten a beat down. Wheat has been blamed for the evils of the healthy world like celiac’s disease, obesity, and more. And through these blame games, there are a lot of myths I see put out there about wheat. In the first part of this journey, I addressed the Truth Behind Toxic Wheat and then last week we talked about how not all wheat is…

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Crop of the Month Farming Wheat

If Wheat Hasn’t Changed, What Has?

If wheat hasn't changed...What Has-

Walk into a grocery store and it has become very clear that gluten-free has officially become a trend. Even products that don’t contain gluten to begin with are labeled. Some manufacturers ever go as far as to label shampoos and soaps gluten free. Although the majority of the population has no problem with gluten, nearly 30% of our developed populations want to eat less gluten. Sales from gluten free products and labeling are estimated to hit $15 billion by 2016 and…

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Corn Crop of the Month Farming Soybeans Sunflowers Wheat

Crop of the Month Introduction

Crop of the Month

Beginning in June, I will be starting a new series I’m calling Crop of the Month. We grow four different crops on our farm: wheat, corn, soybeans, and sunflowers. We grow these crops, honestly, because we have the opportunity to do so. Planting a variety of crops for our operation lowers our risk. What I mean by that is that in our area we can have a great short season and a bad long season or vice versa. In turn,…

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Corn Farming Vacation

The Life of a Seed Before It Hits the Farm

The Life of a Seed Before It Hits the

Spring is here and that means pretty soon farmers across the nation will be pulling equipment out of the shed and into the field. Farmers across the nation will be dumping bag after bag of corn seed into their planter without thinking twice about what it took to get that seed to the planter. The life cycle of the corn we grow here on the farm begins long before it meets the ground on our farm. And that was a…

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Farming Harvest Love Story & Marriage Planting

Five Tips for Farm Wives to Make It Through Farming Season

Five Tips for Farm Wives to Make It Through Farming Season

This week my husband looked at me and said the sentence I dread every single year: “You aren’t going to see me much this week.” To a farm wife, those words signal that a new season is beginning. And I know when he says this week, he means in the next couple months. A new season on the farm starts with planting and ends with harvest. And for those of us who have lived it, there’s some rough transitions in between.  I’ve…

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