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Repurpose with purpose

“The word junk was a really bad four-letter word when I started the business.” So says Sue Whitney, owner of both JUNKMARKET and GETFRESH Vintage and a lover of junk recycling. She’s made junk her life.
With a degree in paralegal, Whitney was an investigator for a law firm before deciding to stay home to raise her kids. Once she was ready to get back into the work force, she decided she wanted to follow her passion, not her education. 
In 2000, Whitney opened JUNKMARKET in a 900 square-foot building in Long Lake, Minn. She was so successful, within one year she had relocated to a 6,000 square-foot building. “That’s when I started doing designing and repurposing,” she says. ...More »
Back to nature

Rochester’s expanding population creates a need for more recreational activities. Oxbow Park not only offers recreational activities but they’re expanding the facility to captivate, educate and attract nature enthusiasts of all ages.
Oxbow Park is sprawled across more than 620 acres including a picnic area, campsites, Oxbow Nature Center, Zollman Zoo and opening in the summer of 2015, a Playscape. The park also has hiking or snowshoeing trails, depending on the season, and two miles of groomed ski trails in the winter.
The main attraction at Oxbow Park is Zollman Zoo which is home to about 35 different native species. Karlin Ziegler, park manager and naturalist at Oxbow Park, says, “Some of the favorites at the zoo are the river otters, Timber wolves, black bears, bison and the cougar.”  ...More »
Vintage fares in Northfield

The main street of Northfield is full of locally-owned businesses selling antiques, books, coffee, art and more. One of these shops is The Local Joint.
The Local Joint, owned by Marlis Schmidt, is a unique storefront. Part consignment shop, part vendor space, the shop is home to a number of vendors, all of whom bring their items to sell.
Vintage is a common thread here. Vintage duds range from belts to cowboy boots, jackets to neckties. Furniture from the past frequently shows up as couches, desks, mirrors and stools. But Schmidt says, “I don’t want it to be just a shop of collectibles. It’s more...for creativity,” she muses. “What I like is when people go ‘this is what I’m going to make with this’.” ...More »
Keep them rolling

Ask the members of MedCity Mafia Roller Derby what the benefits are of skating with the team and it sounds like a well-rehearsed script: it’s so fun they don’t even notice they’re working out. But get this—they are sincere! 
The women on the team are from all walks of life. Some have always been athletic, have played in competitive sports and are into fitness. Others had been sedentary, new to the sport scene and the demands on their bodies. Because of this, the exercise and diet regimes the team employs are varied and extensive. Yet, results are conclusive—they work.
“I enjoy being physically active,” said Jessica Jones a.k.a “Rude Jessture”. “I eat healthy 90% of the time and allow myself a few cheat meals and snacks. I wasn’t always this way however.” ...More »
Painting 101 with Adourn

Types of paint
Milk paint: This paint gives it more of an authentic, old look. It flakes off on its own and chips off so it’s really random and pretty. It just gives it a really beautiful finish. When it’s mixed up and applied, it has a consistency of whole milk. You don’t need to use a primer; instead you can use a bonding agent if you want the paint to stick more and not distress as much. Milk paint has a chalky matte finish. To protect it, you must finish with hemp oil or wax, which really brightens up the color. ...More »
Meatless recipes
We had an abundance of "Meatless Monday" recipes for our contest. Here are some of our favorites!

Eggplant Parmesan
Recipe from Deb Palmer
2 large eggplants
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1Tbsp olive oil
1 clove minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (can substitute Panko breadcrumbs)
1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 cup flour (can substitute cornstarch)
4 eggs, beaten (more if needed)
1/4 cup olive oil (plus more to oil the sheet pans)
1 1/2 pounds fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
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Straw bale gardening

Last week I went to the Straw Bale Gardening class put on through Rochester Community Education. Joel Karsten, author of the book Straw Bale Gardening, was the instructor. After doing an article on the topic for the March/April issue of Radish, I decided to test out straw bales this summer and wanted to know even more about the subject; I will be chronicling my adventures so I can share everything I learned with you.
The class covered most of what was in Karsten’s book. He peppered his talk with real life anecdotes and answered questions people had as he went along. He also brought a mini straw bale, which was helpful when talking about how to orient the cut side of the straw. ...More »
Seeds to seedlings: Why planting seeds may make sense for you this year

Springtime is the perfect time for starting a project, trying something new. If you have a green thumb or are looking to develop one, then planting seedlings might just be that new project you’re looking for. 
As in any new project, you might ask “How do I start?” This question may be followed by, “Why should I plant seeds instead of starter plants?" 
Starting out
The process of germination, growing a seed into a seedling, is a pretty straightforward process and with cold and unpredictable weather, starting seeds indoors is an excellent option for beginning your garden early to get a jump on the growing season. ...More »
Big dreams come true: Squash Blossom Farm fulfills local farmerís dream

Farming was something Susan Waughtal always wanted to do. Her husband Roger, whom she’d known since childhood, was well aware of her dream. When Susan turned 50, she had a mid-life crisis: what if she never became a farmer? Susan and Roger sat down, got serious and decided it was time to go for it. 
A family affair
Waughtal planned to start with a few chickens and a garden, a sort of hobby farm, but her two children had other plans. “Both of our kids (fledged and living away from home) moved home and said they were going to help start the farm,” she recalls. “It became a family adventure.”
What started out as a hobby farm soon became much more. They had 400 meat chickens, 30 laying hens, two steers, two pigs, honeybees and turkeys. They baked bread and pastries for the Rochester Farmers Market. ...More »
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