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TAG : Summer 2018

Outdoor Cooking Techniques and Cookout Recipes

Many people mistakenly refer to any type of cooking on their grill as “barbecuing,” but that’s not entirely correct. Let’s compare the outdoor cooking techniques needed for the recipes in this book.GrillingGrilling involves quickly cooking individual portions of food at relatively high ...

Common Trees for the Autumn Landscape

In areas of the country that experience seasonal changes, the landscape often turns bleak as autumn sets in. Frost blackens the vegetable garden and many ornamentals. The few flowers that tolerate cold weather, such as chrysanthemums and pansies, tend to be overused, and don’t always fit into ...

DIY Project: Firewood Rack

For many of us, yards mean trees, trees mean pruning, and pruning means wood – lots and lots of wood, as it seems to multiply once you start cutting those downed limbs into more manageable pieces. If, of course, we have a wood-burning fireplace or outdoor fire pit, we can put those fallen ...

Family Cookouts

Family cookouts are some of my favorite summertime memories from growing up on a farm. My family worked hard all week to earn time off on Saturday night. Where did we spend the evening? Not in a movie theater or at a restaurant, but gathered around a homemade barbecue grill with Grandma and ...

Growing Squash and Pumpkins

There’s no question that squash and pumpkins are among most everyone's favorite vine crops. However, even the most experienced of gardeners, with the most nimble of green thumbs, can be afflicted by dropping fruit.It can be very frustrating to see all of our hard work falling off the vine to ...

Popular Chicken Breeds

A chicken is a chicken is a chicken, right? I used to think so, until very early in my relationship with a guy named Larry, when we entered the local feed store on our way back from a lunch date. When I set my eyes on the metal stock tanks full of peeping yellow balls of fluff, I was ...

Poisonous Plants

Europeans encountered many botanical treasures when they settled North America. Especially valuable were new foods they had never before experienced. But it didn’t take long for them to discover some less desirable plants as well.The first written mention of poison ivy is found in Captain ...

Heart of the Home: Chores on the Family Farm

Grandma Shares Memories of Farm Chores With GranddaughterStacie – York, PennsylvaniaAbout five years ago, my then-96-year-old grandmother told me many stories about growing up in a large farming family. She has since passed away, but I worked with her for a year putting her stories to paper ...

Letters to the Editor from the Capper’s Farmer Summer 2018 Issue

Blast From the PastWhat a blast from the past I received recently when I found a copy of the Winter 2018 issue of Capper’s Farmer on our kitchen counter. I live on a farm in Ohio, and my son-in-law had purchased it. I didn’t even know it was back in publication!The new glossy version is ...

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