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Winnipeg-based pumpkin grower 13-year-old Milan Lukes is eagerly awaiting the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weigh-Off on October 3 to find out if he’s got a winning entry this year. This is his third year growing giant pumpkins.

Pumpkin growers ready to vie for 2015 heavyweight title

Self-professed pumpkin-growing addicts will converge on Roland Oct. 3
 to find out who will be this year’s heavyweight champion

Milan Lukes has crawled inside the pumpkins he grows. He fits in the cavity because he’s only 13 years old. He dug into them last year and in 2013 to collect seed. “There’s room for people my size in them, which is cool,” says the teen from St. Norbert who is growing pumpkins again this

Prairie fare: prolific zucchini has many uses

Recipe Swap: Skillet Zucchini with Chopped Tomatoes and Beefy Zucchini Casserole

Julie is a North Dakota State University Extension Service food and nutrition specialist and professor in the department of health, nutrition and exercise sciences. I was admiring my neighbour’s garden the other day, especially her robust zucchini plants. I noticed some tender, young zucchini squash peeking out from under the foliage. I could almost taste


A good year for pumpkins

At this time of year, we see piles of pumpkins at market gardens that have been picked off the frozen vines and are ready for purchase. Huge orange giants, paler varieties that grow even bigger — the ones used in pumpkin-growing contests, ghostly white pumpkins, and miniatures; they are all there in vast array. Of

Bumper pumpkin harvest expected

A bumper pumpkin crop may result in some of the crop being left in the fields. “The demand is good, but there will probably be too many pumpkins to be used up this year,” said Larry McIntosh, CEO of Peak of the Market. “Right across Canada, everybody had a good crop.” High temperatures and drier



Fermenting tomato seeds the short road to removing membrane

Some families hand down furniture, others inherit jewelry, but Jim Ternier’s family legacy was a handful of melon seeds. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Ternier is the owner of Prairie Garden Seeds based in Humboldt, Saskatchewan and has made a living growing and selling seeds for the last 30 years. “Saving

Pumpkins Perk Up After Wet Spring

Things are coming up orange for pumpkin producers this year, despite a wet beginning for some. Not a bad crop at all, a little light though, said Trevor Schriemer of Schriemer Family Farm near Otterburne. But considering we had so much hot and dry weather, not bad at all. Schriemer began growing pumpkins four years

In The Land Of Giants

Ever so gently, members of the Roland Fire and Rescue Department Ken Dhoore (left) and Jaun Friesen lower the biggest pumpkin Roland has ever seen onto the scale at the Oct. 1 Roland Pumpkin Fair. This monster weighed in at a whopping 1,379.5 pounds, handily beating out the other 20 entries and securing the $1,000


Recipe Swap – for Sep. 29, 2011

Here s something to think about next time you re adding sugar to your daily cup of joe; the total amount of sugar consumed daily by most Canadians adds up to about 26 teaspoons per day. It works out to about one in every five calories consumed coming from sugar, or 21 per cent of

Recipe Swap – for Jul. 28, 2011

I brought them home as two tiny bedding plants and they didn’t look like they’d make it at first. Lo and behold, a few weeks later they’ve grown into gigantic green-armed creatures the likes of which you’d run screaming from if you met them on the beach. They are our zucchini plants, doing ever so