Local Food

When David and Janet Gilbertson moved to their farm in 2002, Janet told her husband she'd like to grow some apple trees...so David planted 400 of them! Since then the Gilbertsons have been adding trees every year at what has become Gilby's Nursery and Orchard in Aitkin.

David Gilbertson talks about apple trees with knowledge and enthusiasm. He said it was a good winter for apple trees, and right now is the time to prune them. He recommends a 6-step pruning process:

Jesse Davis

There is no "off season" for farmers. That's the verdict from garlic grower and farm market advocate Jesse Davis. Jesse and his husband Warren planted over 30,000 garlic cloves last fall at their farm, Trout Lake Garlic. That's less than the 50,000 they had planned, but with last fall's rain and humidity some of the seed they were hoping to grow rotted. This winter there was record warm weather in January, and more freeze-thaw cycles are predicted.

Close to Home: Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse

Mar 3, 2017
Grant Frashier

Most Minnesota gardeners would like to expand their growing season.  Timberjay Newspaper publisher Marshall Helmberger has found a way and recently led a class titled Build Your Own Solar Greenhouse in Virginia.   Close to Home host Grant Frashier was there and talked with Marshall.

Fermented Foods

Feb 1, 2017

When faced with doing a yearlong local food challenge in northern Minnesota, Steven Dahlberg opted to start fermenting because he figured it was either that or grow sprouts, "and I don't like sprouts" he said.

Steve discovered that fermented foods contain essential vitamins, aid digestion, and promote "gut health." He started with winemaking, due to an abundance of fruit (with hard cider a favorite), but says that his favorite fermented foods are sourdough bread, yogurt, and buttermilk.

Heidi Holtan

On Monday mornings we meet the people of northern MN who live their life off the beaten path.  This week Michael Schumacher and Marina Lovell who run a CSA from Cass Lake.  They talked with producer Milt Lee. 

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