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  • Hints for keeping the family active when school starts
  • Beef cattle markets stabilizing but remain below 2016 levels

    Most beef cattle-producing states have been able to escape drought conditions so far this year and Kentucky producers enjoyed significant rainfall in early July that put them in a good position this summer. Still, weather aside, Cattle prices have improved from recent declines but remain lower than this time last year.

  • At the farmers market: corn

    For some of us, eating fresh corn off the cob is one of our top summertime, food-related experiences. Corn is one of the many great offerings at the roadside produce markets this month.
    Farmers harvest corn in July and August in Kentucky. You can boil, steam, roast, microwave or grill it. It is naturally sweet so try to avoid using butter, salt or other seasonings that make it unhealthy. Instead, flavor with fresh lemon or lime juice, or season it with fresh herbs like thyme, paprika, garlic powder or black pepper.

  • Create and keep a new healthy habit

    Habits can be good or they can be not-so-good.  Have you ever tried to change on of your not-so-good habits, only to go back to your usual routine?  It is hard to keep up the motivation for a change in behavior.
    Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are trying to create and keep a new, healthy habit.
    It does not have to be “all-or-nothing”

  • Steps to give your summer garden new life

    Summer’s heat and weather can take a toll on your flower garden. But with a little extra care, it is possible to bring it back to life for a few more weeks of vibrant color and texture.
    It’s always important to make sure annuals and perennials get plenty of water this time of year, especially in later summer.  Annuals, in particular, will start to decline without an adequate supply of water to keep the ground moist.

  • Home canning tips

    Now is a great time to start canning. You can preserve some of your own fruits and vegetables or take advantage of the bounty of locally grown fruits and vegetables at your county’s farmers market. Home canning can save money, provide gifts for family and friends and leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment. For the best canned products be sure to follow USDA recommendations.
    l Start with fresh fruits and vegetables. Spoilage and loss of vitamins and nutrients begins right after harvest so you want to can fruits and vegetables at their peak. 

  • Delicious Kentucky peaches

    There is nothing better than a fresh ripe peach. The peach is a member of the rose family. It was first cultivated in China and revered as a symbol of longevity. The image was placed on pottery and received as a gift with great esteem. Travelers along caravan routes carried the peach seed to Persia before it was cultivated in Europe. In the early 1600s Spanish explorers brought it to the New World and by the 1700s missionaries had established peaches in California. The United States now produces 25 percent of the total world market for peaches.

  • Preventing hay fires

    You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make sure it doesn’t reach temperatures that can damage the hay or lead to spontaneous combustion.

  • At the farmers market: brambleberries

    It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the grocery store and Farmers Markets, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available.
    These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from which they grow.  Brambleberries are harvested from June through August in Kentucky.

  • Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

    While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored. Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, create a most memorable summer vacation. Activities that can keep your teen happy, fit and healthy include:
    Spend time as a family. Go on vacation or create “stay-cations” and explore your own community or state.