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Buying a pumpkin could involve a pleasant drive out to a farm to select one (or more).


Celebrating the pumpkin

Whether as a fall decoration, pie ingredient or jack-o’-lantern, now is the time to use this sign of autumn

It’s pumpkin time again! Whether you think of pumpkins as primarily something to use as a decoration or as a common pie ingredient, or whether you think of them mainly to create jack-o’-lanterns to use at Halloween — it’s that time again. Classed as a fruit, the pumpkin is indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and

Brady Deaton, a University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, was the University of Manitoba’s 2017 Kraft Lecturer.
His lecture underscored the importance of communities, such as First Nations, progressing when they have authority to manage themselves instead of being constrained by rules such as the Indian Act. This was the 9th annual Kraft Lecture created in memoriam of renowned University of Manitoba agricultural economist DarylKraft.

Local control key to better resource management

Brady Deaton, the University of Manitoba’s 9th annual Kraft Lecturer, says the Indian Act prevents First Nations from taking action to improve their citizens’ well-being

Justin Trudeau has promised to end boil-water advisories on First Nations, but some could fix the problem themselves by working with neighbours if First Nations controlled their land, says University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, Brady Deaton. “With respect to land, I am arguing the Indian Act basically removes


White pumpkins that have marks and blemishes often make the best candidates for carving Halloween faces, as these faults can be incorporated into the design.

Try out some white pumpkins this Halloween

These varieties range from pure white to cream colour with no trace of orange on them

Moonshine,” “Lumina,” “Baby Boo,” “New Moon” — these are all variety names of white pumpkins. It used to be that the spookiness of the Halloween season was depicted using only the colours orange and black. Well, move over orange and black, because white is fast gaining ground as the fearsome colour of choice. Horticulturalists have

Jack-o’-lanterns and more

Prairie Fare: Don’t forget all the tasty foods you can create from this fall mainstay

Carving ghoulish images into pumpkins and bringing them to life with flickering candlelight is one of our favourite Halloween traditions. But carving jack-o’-lanterns for trick-or-treaters isn’t the only way to enjoy pumpkins. They make delicious, affordable and nutritious foods too. Those big pumpkins may not be as sweet as the smaller “sugar pumpkins” or “pie

A nice Halloween weekend ahead

Issued: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015 · Covering: Oct. 28 – Nov. 4, 2015

Once again, the first part of last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, then things fell apart a little during the second half, as the forecast low took a more southerly route. At this time of the year the big question on everyone’s mind is, when is winter going to show up? Well, the first couple


Thanks go out to one of our Manitoba Co-operator readers for sharing this delicious-looking Pumpkin Pie Fudge recipe with us. (see below)

Those little orange boxes at Halloween

Recipe Swap: Thai Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes, and Pumpkin Pie Fudge

I love the cute kids in bunny and pirate costumes who come to my door October 31. They remind me that, despite the silly spendfest Halloween has become, it’s still a celebration for children. Halloween now ranks second only to Christmas in sales, followed by back-to-school spending, according to the Retail Council of Canada. I

Halloween Apples

Halloween is a time for fun, a time to get spooked and a time to eat wonderful treats. One food that is synonymous with Halloween is the apple. It has been part of the Halloween tradition for over 1,000 years. The Celtic people of Britain and Northern Europe had two seasons, summer and winter. On

Start Preparing For Halloween

It’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween. I have made treat bags for my daughter’s class for Halloween goodies. After deciding how many and what size to make you’ll need: 2 pieces of felt (for each bag) Fabric paint or puff paint (available at craft or fabric stores) Ribbon DIRECTIONS: Cut two pieces


Enjoy Halloween Treats In Moderation

We are all allowed some discretionary calories after we meet the recommendations for grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat/ beans. For most people, the discretionary calorie allotment is about 200 to 300 calories per day. To put the idea of moderation into practice, consider dividing the Halloween loot into small treat bags with just a

Halloween family traditions

Forget the tricks and costumes on Halloween night – we were at home and having fun. I recall many blustery Halloween evenings and being thankful that I was not dashing from door to door, shivering in tights and a thin costume. Instead, we were toasty warm by the woodstove and enjoying our own October 31