Fresh homemade strawberry rhubarb jelly with strawberries and rhubarb

Can nature, food, and ancestry connect us? My mother, born into a German household in southern Minnesota, grew up knowing and enjoying a plant called rhubarb. It is a cultivated plant in the genus Rheum in the family Polygonaceae. It is an herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. Upon further investigation, I discovered the […]

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A surprising finding for some people is that there is a virtual supermarket living in your lawn. For centuries, Europeans collected food and herbs from lawn areas. Folklore tells us that at the shift in 18th century England, wealthy landowners chose not to eat the “commoner food” found in lawns, and shifted their lawn preferences to […]

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Adilyn and a woman sit in a fishing boat at Sharon Lake. They are facing toward the front of the boat and photo is taken from the back.

We recently received some kind words and an important reminder we wanted to share: I just wanted to do a shoutout to the Hamilton County Parks and what they provide to the public. We are very lucky to have the lakes and all that they offer. I started visiting the parks twenty-two years ago and […]

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