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GCD: 2011 New Holiday Tea Towels Giveaway

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In celebration of our  NEW Holiday Prints we’re kicking off Monday with a giveaway!

Win a set of THREE tea towels featuring one of each holiday print. Use them as fun stocking suffers, party favors, or keep for them all for your merry self! Either way, here’s how you enter to win! :)

HOW TO ENTER:
- Leave a comment on this blog post!
Let us know what’s your favorite print in our new holiday collection. Or what favorite holiday dish you plan to cook/bake that requires some extra tea towels for clean up!

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Pickled Green Beans: Canning with Leslie

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Ok so you all know last year my canning series titled “Canning with Grandma“? We’ll this year I’m continuing that series with some of my close family and friends! It turns out I still have SEVERAL jars of last summers’ pickles so my goal this summer was to come up with several fun and “functional” recipes that I could guarantee would be gone before next summer!

My friend Leslie left her job almost a year ago to start her own catering business; Out of the Box Cooking. She’s the type of gal who’s a professional and full-time mom that somehow seems to keep it all together (so it seems! ;) )! A fellow gardener herself she enjoys canning her fresh veggies and was simply thrilled to share one of her favorite recipes.

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Garden Finds: Canning Jars

1, and 3) Weck Canning Jars 2) Terrain 4) Overstock.com 5) Target.com 6) Container Store 7) Crate&Barrel

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Fresh & Local: 2011 Summer Guide to OKC+ Farmers’ Markets

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Hello friends! IT IS FINALLY HERE!! This is one post that Cale and I look forward to sharing with you every year (well, for two years now…)! We understand first hand that although you may love the idea of simple living it can be difficult to find the extra time, the TLC, the space, and sometimes the money that it takes to grow your own garden. We are passionate about connecting you with resources to help you live a simple lifestyle that still fits within the schedule of real life. So whether you are just looking for a little “filler” to add to your already growing lettuce or plan to buy all your produce locally here is a way you can take advantage of other farmers’ summer bounty!

NORTH OKC

Edmond Farmer’s Market:
Date: (June 1st – September 24th) Wednesdays/Saturdays
Time: 8am to 1pm
Location: Downtown Edmond on 1st street, west of Broadway
Payment: Cash and some vendors accept checks & credit/debit cards

Vendor List; Produce List

NWIAA’s (National Women in Agriculture Association) Community Farmers’ Market :
Date: (June 17th – August 26th) Fridays
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Where: YMCA; 1701 N Martin Luther King, Oklahoma City, OK
Payment: Cash

Produce List; Facebook
**If you go to their website please note that the #1 market location is closed.

OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market #2:
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:30 pm to 7 pm
Location: Glenbrook East parking lot located on N.W. 63rd Street between N. Western Avenue and N. Grand Boulevard, west of Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s.
Payment: Cash or Check.

Vendor List; Product List; OK Seasonal Produce Availability Calendar

(Yukon) Molly’s Garden
Date: Tuesday/Saturday
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm/8am – 4pm

Location: 10400 NW 150th, Yukon, OK 73099
Payment: Cash

** Purchase home grown fruits and vegetables at a table about 50 feet away from Molly’s Family Garden!

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EAST OKC:

(Choctaw) Eastern Oklahoma County Farmers’ Market:
Date: (June 4th – October) Saturdays
Time: 8am – 12am
Location: Choctaw Creek Park located at 2001 N. Harper Road
Payment: Cash Only

(Midwest City/Del City)Mid Del Farmers’ Market:
Date: (June 4th – October) Tuesdays/Saturdays
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm/9am – 12 pm
Location: 7200 block of SE 29th St.  just north of Starbucks at the Mid America Blvd.
Payment: Cash, debit & SNAP/food stamps and debit. Some vendors accept WIC and Chickasaw benefits.

Vendor List; Order Online & Schedule a Pickup

OSDH Wellness Farmers’ Market
Date: (June – August) Fridays
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 between 10th & Lincoln
Payment: Cash Only

** This is a very small community market that is looking for farmers. If you are interested in selling your produce this is a great place to start! Contact Kathy Payne at kpayne@health.ok.gov for info!

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This vs. That: Eggs

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We are what we eat…and so are chickens

Eggs, which ones to buy? There are myriads of choices: farm fresh all natural, brown, cage-free, cage-free organic, etc. What about your local farmer? That’s what we are going to look at briefly…

Some definitions for this comparison: Cage-free: chickens are not confined to a small cage, but instead allowed to walk around and forage for their food. Most ideal is in grassy pasture full of different plants and bugs for food. Sometimes this simply means they are grain-fed in a pen outside of a “hen house;” Organic: meaning the chickens laying the eggs are fed on grass that has not been grown with the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers and/or fed some supplemental grain grown in the same fashion;

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2011 Garden Checklist: May

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It’s May already, and that means graduations, weddings, and honey do’s outside. Whether it’s a new deck, a full backyard landscape, or just a little water feature you want to add in, May is the month to do it.  Great weather (usually) and wonderful warm sunny days. It’s not blistering hot yet like July and August, but you shouldn’t have to wear a jacket while acclimating your new koi pond. Keep it simple, and keep it fun, I’ll be doing most of these things on the list as well, including the water feature, so good luck and enjoy the free download!

Click HERE to download the May Garden Checklist

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Garden Finds: Galoshes

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1. Endless Flirt Rain Boot 2. SWIMS Ballerina Yellow 3. Tory Burch Rain Boot 4. Tretorn Strala 5. Endless dav Lace Up

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Fresh & Local: Birdie

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On a bright little corner in Norman sits a perfect little shop. With fresh cut Oklahoma grown flowers and beautiful potted plants you feel like you’re walking into the secret garden, but Birdie has so much more than just gorgeous flowers. Around every corner and in every nook this beautifully bright and airy shop has everything you could every want to find. One-of-a-kind prints and cards, sustainably minded kitchen accessories like aprons and tea towels, even a beautiful line of men’s and women’s clothing! Welcome to Birdie, our Fresh and Local feature of the month.

Birdie is at it’s most perfect in the spring. Fresh flowers fill the space and Katie, the owner and a fourth generation florist, is always busy creating awe inspiring arrangements and wonderful bouquets for local weddings and other spring events.

“I LOVED growing up in the back of the flower shop. They had a little wedding consultation area at the old shop, where my girlfriends and I would look through all the bridal books and dream up our weddings!  The greenhouses were a pretty magical place too. Looking out on a sea of red poinsettias at Christmas is super pretty.” -Katie

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This vs. That: Diapers

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Disposable vs. Cloth

This: Disposables
  • Convenient!
  • Easy to fit many babies
  • Not green—most do not biodegrade, are full of chemicals as they are petroleum based
  • Nursery and day-care friendly
  • Poo disasters!…you know what I’m talking about, up the back, into the car seat, out the side of their pants etc. Ick!
  • Common side effects include diaper rash
  • COST–$2500 from newborn to potty-trained, check out this link
That: Cloth
  • Inconvenient? Matter of opinion and lifestyle I think.
  • SO many choices, now just find the right diaper for the right fit on your baby (See the links below).
  • “Green” as they are reusable.
  • Most nursery and day-cares are not-so friendly…but I would love to be proven wrong here.
  • Poo disasters no more! With a good cover (which most are) this is not a problem. They hold the poo in on the back and the legs. BUT what about cleaning the poo off the diapers? — enter modern technology! The toilet spray tool or biodegradable liners that make flushing the icky stuff…very simple.
  • Not near the problem with diaper rash, especially with natural fiber diapers and covers
  • COST WAY LESS! See for yourself.

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Garden Finds: Hand Tools

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1. Gardeners Supply 2. RADIUS GRIP 3. Universal Hand Tools 4. Guru Nanak 5. Long Reach Hand Tools 6. Black Hand Tool Set

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