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The Importance of Crop Rotation

You talk to any farmer across the nation, and most will agree the importance and benefit to crop rotation. Crop rotation plays an important function in farming. Utilizing a crop rotation can help keep pests and diseases under control,  help to maintain soil quality, and ensure enough nutrients are available to different crops each year.  Here in North Dakota, we have the opportunity and ability to plant a variety of different crops. In fact, North Dakota has a history of diverse crops; someone like…

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Breads Breakfast Recipes Thirty Days of Food

Whole Wheat Roasted Strawberry Muffins featuring T.E. O’Toole Farms

I’ve written a lot about eating and incorporating more whole grain foods into our diets on my blog. Unfortunately, I think most people don’t enjoy whole grain breads or baked goods as much as refined grains. I hope this recipe changes that. These whole wheat muffins are delicious and also utilize all whole grain flour and some yummy roasted strawberries! Today we are hearing from another fellow North Dakotan, Brian of T.E. O’Toole Farms in Crystal, North Dakota. You’re going to love…

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Crop of the Month

Crop of the Month: Great American Wheat Harvest Giveaway

Well it is July 1 and that means it is time to move onto another crop we grow here on our farm with my Crop of the Month series. Our wheat has been growing and if it can continue to avoid the hail, it is looking pretty awesome! Here’s what it looks like right now:  As we learned last time, it is in the heading and soon reproductive stage! I will be sure and take more photos as it grows…

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Farming Vacation

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

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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Crop of the Month Recipes Salads Sides

Wheat Berry Fruit Salad

Summer is finally here! Summer is my favorite time of year on the prairie… Everything is green, crops are growing, and best of all, we’ve got all sorts of delicious produce! There’s nothing better than a fresh salad with some beef from the grill.  I got the idea to add wheat berries to a fruit salad when I saw a fruit salad with quinoa in it. Why not add wheat berries instead? Perfect! This also makes a great breakfast and…

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Crop of the Month Recipes Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash with Wheat Berries

My dad LOVES butternut squash. As a child whenever he served it, no matter how many times I just couldn’t like it. I didn’t get why he loved it so much. And let me tell you, it wasn’t because Dad was a bad cook. In fact, my dad is probably the inspiration behind the reason I enjoy cooking so much. Anyway, somewhere between my childhood years and my twenties, something changed.  And maybe I don’t want to admit it, but…

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Farming 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?

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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Breakfast Crop of the Month Recipes

Wheat Berry Cereal

Welcome to the kick-off post for my new series, Crop of the Month! For more information on this series, check out the Crop of the Month introduction.  Our first crop, you guessed it, is wheat! And I figured I would kick it off with a great recipe to get your morning going involving WHEAT!  Later on this week, I will discuss how wheat can be a healthy part of your diet and the reason I believe wheat is demonized in…

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