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Chickens All Year

You already know the unique farm-type stores in Rapid City that sell chickens and ducks and other sources of live animal food.  It's one of the rites of spring. Runnings and Tractor Supply both make them available, but call around for others--and to find out how long they'll be available.  

Gardening and chickens share a common lineage, a survival instinct involving the importance of food.  True, you can buy anything you want to eat at the local grocery store, but what if the trucks stopped rolling?  It really wouldn't take much to upset our just-in-time restocking of shelves.  

Having fresh vegetables in the backyard garden means that a family won't go hungry right away, but fresh eggs and chicken meat will be welcomed.  Yes, gardening and raising chickens can just be about aesthetics, but did you ever try eating art off your wall?   more

 

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Drowning In Tomatoes? Try Something Different This Year.

 

If you’re a home gardener about to drowned in tomatoes rolling in off the vines and demanding to be consumed before they go bad, hang on. Here comes a life preserver.


I chop up a small bowlful of fresh very ripe tomatoes, add chopped red onion or scallions, minced garlic, chopped fresh basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.  I sometimes add Kalamata olives. I make this dish in the morning and let it set on the kitchen table all day. By evening meal time, the flavors have melded nicely, and I serve it over hot cooked spaghetti noodles and top it with fresh grated parmesan for an easy meal on a hot summer day.


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