Submitted by Cara Cummings on Mon, 07/24/2017 – 7:37am Six years ago this fall I arrived in Champaign. I spent the winter wondering what could possibly be good about this place. Having lived most of my life on the coast of California, I just didn’t get it–was so cold, and SO flat. By spring, after […]
The season is coming to an end, or not…
Submitted by Cara Cummings on Mon, 10/19/2015 – 9:34am The season is coming to an end for some farmers, but for others the space in which they grow their crops is just changing from wide open fields to temperature controlled (or at least monitored) covered growing spaces. The farmers who extend their seasons, either into […]
The Thing about Okra
Submitted by Cara Cummings on Mon, 09/19/2016 – 4:53pm The tomato and cucumber vines have started to wither, the eggplants seem to be frozen in time (they have stopped growing altogether) and the fall crop of greens that came up so beautifully, now looks like freshly mowed grass (thanks, bunny), but the pace suddenly seems […]
The weather is here, but is it really beautiful?
Submitted by Cara Cummings on Mon, 02/22/2016 – 5:11pm This past Saturday the temperature reached nearly 70 degrees. It was our last Central Illinois Farm Beginnings session for the 2015/16 class, and we enjoyed our lunch (prepared with ingredients from local farms) at a long table outside at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, in the sunshine, […]
Three easy ways to love your farmer, and one fun challenge!
Three easy ways to love your farmer, and one fun challenge! Shop at your winter farmers’ market! Yes, fresh greens, carrots, potatoes, and more are available in the winter time, and your mind may just be blown my how delicious the spinach is this time of year. Join a Community Supported Agriculture program at a […]
Tomato: Art and Agriculture
Submitted by Cara Cummings on Thu, 08/28/2014 – 9:54am The tomato. In my house this week, it is where agriculture meets art. August is that time of year when I, a self proclaimed tomato fanatic, find myself watching the mounds of the sweet juicy fruits in a literal rainbow of colors cover every inch of […]