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Advantages of bulk: How to buy, store and save on food and other bulk goods

Rows of fresh and healthy beans, nuts, lentils, flours and granolas line the bulk food aisle; colorful and aromatic spices, herbs and teas tempt our senses. What was once exclusive to co-ops, bulk bins are now found in major chains offering an array of choices to a wider audience.
Perhaps the greatest advantage to buying in bulk is that it’s a win-win — it saves money and it’s also a good choice for the environment. The bulk aisle can seem overwhelming, but once you’ve added it to your routine it’s your key to healthy, cost-effective meals.
We spoke with Lisa Precht, education and outreach coordinator at Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn. who recently taught a class on bulk buying at the store. She shared her tips and tricks, so if you’re not sure how to make the most of your bulk buying experience, read on. ...More »
The return of spring birds: Zumbro Valley Audubon gives tips on attracting birds

About: While some people have seen robins throughout winter, Joyce Grier of Zumbro Valley Audubon still considers them a sign of spring. Most robins do not winter here and return in April to nest. They like to live in areas with big shade trees and short grass, like parks and backyards. They eat worms and other grubs. Robins nests are shaped like cups, and are constructed from mostly grasses. They lay distinctive blue eggs, around three to four annually per nest. ...More »
My first time: Reflexology; Ancient technique brings modern day health benefits

How’s this for a little-known fact: If you apply just the right pressure to a specific spot on your feet, you’ll improve blood flow to your kidneys.
Or at least that’s what the pamphlet at Changes Afoot Women’s Reflexology and Massage tells me as I await my appointment on a Monday morning. Reflexology is based on the premise that specific zones in your feet and hands correspond to different body parts. Apply “pressure techniques” to one of these zones, and it will prompt a change in the related part of your body. According to the pamphlet, reflexology can provide myriad health benefits, in addition to deep relaxation.
The relaxation part I believe. But the “push on your heel and your back feels better” part? I’m a skeptic. Still, as I understand it, reflexology is essentially an hour-long foot rub. So, you know, count me in. ...More »
Cultivating learners: Budding Farmers teaches youth lessons in agriculture
Monica Irwin aims to cultivate adventurous eaters now and thoughtful adults later. 
Irwin runs a program called Budding Farmers that engages kids with the food they get at the farmers market or in their community-supported agriculture box.
Kids who know about their food and are able to play with it are more likely to eat it. Budding Farmers facilitates that through its weekly packets of relevant, kid-centric information and activities. 
Budding Farmers is a subscription-based program aimed at children in preschool through fifth grade that runs for eight weeks during the growing season. Participating children receive a tote bag and binder at the start of the program. Each week, they receive a new packet highlighting a different piece of produce that will be available at the market or in the week’s CSA box. ...More »
Letting go of labels: Parenting from the heart rather than a set playbook

It was while running on the indoor track at my local YMCA that I realized what I had become. It was fairly obvious, in fact. Three times a week, my children would bounce balls in the kids’ gym while I ran on the track directly above them, keeping a watchful eye on their actions from a good story up. Around and around I circled, all the while monitoring their play. Hovering there, I found myself studying their every move while my inner analysis kept pace. “He’s got impressive dribbling skills.” “Yikes. We need to work on sharing.” “Could she fall off of that slide?” In the most literal sense, I was a helicopter parent.
It stopped me dead on the track. ...More »
Treat your feet: Learn from the experts when to replace workout shoes
Whether you run, walk or just amble along, putting one foot in front of the other is one of the oldest and most effective forms of exercise. But if you want to keep your feet — not to mention your knees, hips and back — in top shape for the next turn around the track, it’s best to know when to replace your shoes and other workout equipment.
Luckily, there are ways to tell if it’s time for a new pair of trainers.
“Shoes need to be replaced every 300-500 miles,” says Tiffany Piotrowicz, store manager at TerraLoco in Rochester, “depending on the person, the shoe, and the type of surface you are running on.” ...More »
What is the paleo diet? Modern Age consumers live by a Stone Age diet

The human diet has long been a weighty issue. Everyone wants the skinny on what to eat, when to eat and even how to eat. Many follow today’s standard nutritional guidelines, but some have begun to model our ancestor’s bill of fare. 
“Paleo is short for Paleolithic and is a period of human history sometimes called ‘The Stone Age,’” says Charron McLeod, Senior Analyst Programmer at Mayo Clinic and follower of the paleo diet. “Humans at that point were using stone, wood and bone tools and lived primarily in hunter/gatherer style — hunting animals for food and gathering edible plants as they were available.” ...More »
Farmers market directory

Where: Broadway Avenue and Fountain Street (Weds. Market), and North Bridge shopping area in front of Herberger’s (Saturday market)
When: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays,
9 a.m. to noon, May 14 - October
More information: Verlys Huntley, (507) 297-5546
Farm fresh eggs, canned goods, baked goods, jams, jellies, produce, salsas, pickles, honey, maple syrup, bedding plants, perennials, potted annuals, floral arrangements, cut flowers

Where: Corner of Oakland Avenue E and
4th Street NE
When: Mondays and Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., May - October
More information: (507) 383-4804
Locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken, honey, jams, jellies, homemade baked goods, bedding plants, ornamental plants, cut flowers and craft items

Where: Public parking lot across from Hwy 19, at...More »
What is life coaching? Local life coach explains the process and the benefits

"Tell me what you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life,” says a quote by Mary Oliver. This quote is a favorite of Rochester life coach, Linda Wieser. As a life coach, she’s asked many people to tell her what they are going to do with their one, wild, precious life.
In her own words, Wieser describes life coaching as “the opportunity of a lifetime, to be able to have another set of eyes and ears and a heart to hear what is happening in you life and to have that companion to help make your life better, or more of what you want it to be.” ...More »
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