Monthly Archive: October 2015

Wild about Deer: Game Processing Workshop

Deer in velvet. Photo by Jennifer Bearden When hunting, food safety begins in the field.  The goal is to have safe meat for you and your family to eat.  Here are a few ways to keep your food safe: Shot placement – that’s right. Food safety begins with an accurate shot. Your goal should be …

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It’s Happening … Red Tide

 Many coastal Panhandlers woke up this week to the sight and smell of dead fish. Thousands of them washed ashore from Panama City to Pensacola. This mass die off included a variety of species including whiting, sheepshead, hake, cusk eels, and even lionfish; there were also reports of dead bass from the Dune Lakes in …

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National Seafood Month – the future of seafood

So what now? What lies ahead for the seafood industry in the Florida Panhandle?   Well I will start by saying I do not have a crystal ball… so I truly do not know, but most people plan for the future and many have looked at what COULD happen for Florida seafood.   Shrimping.Photo: NOAA …

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Seasonal Savings

Holiday Spending The holiday season will soon be upon us. It seems to begin earlier each year placing more stress on both retailers and consumers. Retailers struggle to sell more products while consumers are subjected to a bombardment of messages via ads and media to encourage us to buy more!  Through careful planning, the journey …

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Will You Be Dining In?

Family Meal When I was a kid a million years ago, my family had dinners together. Most meal times were good.  I was where I was supposed to be and felt safe, important, and loved.  Other meals were not so great.  I specifically remember being forced to eat at least one lima bean for which …

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2015: International Year of Soils

Dirt, earth, humus, terra firma, soil—no matter what you call it, the ground below us is one of the most important substances on, well, Earth. As children, most of us stomped in mud puddles, dug holes, and played in sand boxes—the tactile experience of moving dirt around seems to appeal to humans innately. Just last …

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Leftover Alert

It’s that time of the year! The holidays are upon us. A time when our thoughts turn to family, friends, celebrations, holiday feasts, and, yes, leftovers. Holiday meal leftovers can be just as delectable as the original feast. The challenge is after dinner, and guarding against left-out leftovers. It requires special attention to safe food …

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Thankful for Jane

Happy Child with Peanut Butter Sandwich November in the Panhandle of Florida. Time for pumpkins, cooler weather, hay rides, football games, harvesting cotton and peanuts, and of course, Thanksgiving.  It’s also time for the annual Peanut Butter Challenge!  We gather peanut butter to give to those who could use a little help feeding their families.  …

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Novice Gardeners Should Consider Herbs!

Variegated lemon thyme. Photo: JMcConnell, UF/IFAS If you have ever thought about gardening but feel too intimidated to give it a try, consider starting with a herb garden! Culinary herbs are generally very easy to grow and very forgiving of the neglectful gardener. They have relatively few pest or disease problems and thrive in hot …

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Rayless Sunflower

Fall is a wonderful season for viewing wildflowers and there are many flower colors brightening our landscapes and roadsides. Amongst all the color there is one wildflower, the Rayless sunflower (Helianthus radula) that may not be nearly as showy but is very interesting in the landscape. Flower heads have disk flowers but no rays. Photo …

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