Litchfield

SHIP Success: Litchfield Farmer’s Market

April 8th, 2014

Many more Meeker County residents were able to support  the Litchfield Farmer’s Market after August 1st due to new hours which extended the market to 5:30 pm.  Community members voiced great appreciation for the change in hours which now provides those who are working with the opportunity to buy fresh locally grown produce on their way home.  New hours weren’t the only things that Farmer’s Market organizers worked to achieve.  Taste testing, recipes, music and special events for market go-ers of all ages were on the agenda for most market days.  The goal is to create a vibrant market and atmosphere that is inviting to people of all ages.  The goal is to support local growers and our local economy, increase foot traffic at the market and the consumption of healthy, locally grown produce.  Be sure to watch for 2014 Litchfield Farmer’s Market events to be announced.

Litchfield

SHIP Success: One Vegetable, One Community

April 8th, 2014

Grown out of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), One Vegetable, One Community (OVOC) brought people together around food, healthy eating and healthy communities.  The idea is to inspire and rally the community around growing and preparing a single vegetable.  In 2013, the pepper was selected as the Vegetable of the Year.  Through One Vegetable, One Community, we hope that people can grow together, cook together, eat together and learn together, and at the same time build a stronger local food system, increase access to healthy foods, and nurture a healthy community.  Below:  A young gardener proudly shows off his pepper plant that has matured and ripened. 1200+ pepper plants were grown and given to community members including all 1st grade students in the Litchfield schools last May.

OVOC

FREE CLASS: “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

August 8th, 2012

FREE CLASS:  “PRESERVING TOMATOES AND SALSA

From salsa to spaghetti sauce, from spicy tomato juice to tomato jam, home preserved tomatoes are versatile and tasty!  Learn the safest and most current tomato preservation methods for canning, freezing, drying, and making salsa.

Join us for Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa on Tuesday, August 14 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and repeated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Litchfield Senior High School in Room C110 (FACS Room).

Presenter will be Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety.

This class is sponsored by “One Vegetable, One Community” and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.  Attendance  is free, although pre-registration is requested by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320.693.5370.

Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving tomatoes for years, this session is for you!

 

 

 

Swimming…Beat the Heat, and Be Active!

July 25th, 2012

Why Swimming???  Here are a few facts that highlight some of the benefits of choosing swimming as your choice of exercise!

  • An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories! More than walking or biking!
  • Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs and works the body’s major muscles
  • Swimming helps reduce stress
  • Water’s buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for anyone seeking a low impact exercise
  • Swimming is a great cardio exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance which is over ten times that of the air
  • Because it’s FUN!!!

One Vegetable, One Community Tomato Plant & Growing Kit Give Away

May 22nd, 2012

OVOC Tomato Plant Give Away attracts gardeners of all ages!!!

Grown out of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and inspired by the Duluth Community Garden Program’s initiative, the One Vegetable, One Community (OVOC) initiative aims to bring people together in the Litchfield area together around food, healthy eating and healthy communities.  The idea is to inspire and rally the community around growing and preparing a single vegetable. Through OVOC, we hope that people can grow together, cook together, eat together and learn together, and at the same time build a stronger local food system, increase access to healthy foods, and nuture a healthy community. 

Kick Off Event

Students from the Youth Energy Summit (YES) team at Litchfield High School planted 1200 tomato plants that were given away at the OVOC Community Kick Off Event on Monday, May 14th along with growing kits.  Five varieties of tomatoes were grown for community members to select from.  The growing kits included a tomato plant, growing tips, recipes, a community OVOC calendar and more. 

How Can You Get Involved?

Plant a tomato plant or plant many!  Share recipes, dig out out old recipes, create new ones, share cooking tips, take a class on canning, throw a salsa party, read up on the history of the tomato, attend a a community education event on tomatoes, try a new tomato dish at a local resaurant, have a tomato tasting event, take part in One Vegetable, One Community events.  We hope to see tomatoes all around the community – in hospital cafeterias, in day cares, in schools, in restaurants, in garden plots, in a pot on a front step, at potlucks, and at events throughout the year!