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Garden-fresh carrots can be stored a long time if precautions are taken.

Harvesting, storing and enjoying carrots

All carrots, in any form, are an excellent addition to any diet

Delicious, affordable and versatile, carrots are everything we could want in a vegetable. It’s no wonder this nutritious, subtly sweet root vegetable is loved by young and old and is one of the most popular root vegetables in the world, second only to potatoes. Carrots, whether red, purple, yellow or orange, are rich in fibre,

Jars of freshly applesauce with home-canning equipment in the background.

The latest in home canning

Grandma was wrong — you shouldn’t be boiling your lids, and beware of pressure cookers

Home canning has and continues to undergo constant changes. While it’s nice to romanticize about putting up food just like Grandma did, keeping up with the times and following canning processes based on scientific research will lead to much better and safer results. The most reliable and trusted source for current home canning standards in

Freezing fruits and veggies can keep them at their best if the  proper procedures are followed.

Freezing your bounty of fruits and vegetables

Prairie Fare: As gardens hit high gear, it’s time to preserve some of the excess for the coming winter

Freezing is an easy, convenient and affordable way to preserve fruits and vegetables. In fact, when fresh produce is frozen shortly after being harvested, it can contain more nutrients than fresh vegetables that have been shipped long distances or stored in warehouses or on retail shelves. If you have a garden, a neighbour with surplus

There are U-pick operations around the province getting ready to greet 
the season’s visitors.

It’s fruit-picking time

Prairie Fare: Make the most of Manitoba’s short season

We are fortunate to have an incredible variety of fruit here on the Prairies. We have apples, cherries, choke­cherries, crabapples, currants, gooseberries, grapes, has­kaps or honeyberries, melons, pears, plums, raspberries, saskatoons, strawberries and many more. It’s enough to make one’s mouth water. Our beautiful, jewel-coloured fruit is high in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients making it

Planning ahead is one of the keys for preparing nutritious meals for the busy seasons on the farm.

Food for farmers in the field

Prairie Fare: Chickpea Salad Sandwich or Wrap or how about Crunchy Oats & Honey Bars

Feeding farmers on the field and feeding them well is no easy task. You want to provide nourishing, tasty food that’s quick and easy to prepare, transport and eat. You also want to offer variety and make sure hot food stays hot and cold food stays cold. That’s a tall order, especially when you’re likely

A well-maintained barbecue looks — and works — a whole lot better.

Get grilling!

It’s time to dust off the barbecue and start enjoying delicious summer treats

At long last, it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy delicious barbecued food. Whether you used your barbecue throughout the winter or are just bringing it out of hibernation, now’s the time to show it a little TLC and prepare it for grilling season. A clean grill not only looks great, it also

Tabbouleh is a classic, tasty and healthful Middle Eastern dish.

Put wheat and barley and other grains in your diet

The crops produced on Prairie farms don’t need processing to be eaten

Isn’t it ironic that we live in the Grain Belt of Canada and produce some of the world’s finest grains, but we rarely eat those grains until they’re processed? For the longest time, I didn’t even know you could cook raw wheat kernels just as they are. The only thing I ever ate out of

Healthy snacks can keep hunger pangs at bay, 
but make good food choices for best results.

Healthy snacks to satisfy your hunger cravings

Prairie Fare: There are a wide variety of healthy — and delicious — foods to choose from

Snacking can be an excellent way to meet daily nutrient needs, satisfy hunger and boost energy levels. Unfortunately, it can also lead to overeating, weight gain, fatigue and chronic health concerns. To avoid these potential dangers and maximize the benefits of snacking it’s important to think about snacking as part of your overall healthy eating

Beautiful African American woman and her daughter cooking in the kitchen

Plan ahead for healthy and affordable eating

Prairie Fare: Don’t plan on just winging it in the kitchen — having a strategy will help you

One of the best ways to save money and stay on top of healthy eating goals is to make a meal plan. Whether you jot notes on the family calendar, create detailed lists or use an online planning tool, taking time to plan what you want to make and eat can help you save money,

New Year Concept coffee mug

One day at a time

Small changes and goals can all add up to a healthier year in 2018

After the feasting and indulgence of the holiday season, it’s understandable that eating better and exercising more are two of the most common resolutions people make at this time of year. But vague, large-scale goals like these often lead to disappointing results with only 58 per cent of people sticking to them by end of