Northern & Central Midwest

August, 2002
Regional Report

Recipes

End-of-the-garden Relish
This relish is wonderful on sandwiches, as a side to any meat, or even try a dollop on top of stewed pinto beans.

Ingredients
8 cups of chopped vegetables (sweet peppers, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, green tomatoes, beets, carrots, zucchini, green beans. Use chili peppers if you want a little kick!)
2 tablespoons mustard seed
2 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 and one half teaspoons ground tumeric

Preparation
Soak vegetables overnight in 2 quarts water and one half cup salt. Drain and put into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Add rest of ingredients and simmer gently for 10 minutes (do not overcook. Seal in sterilized pint canning jars and process in boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

Local Buzz

Intensive Planting Works!
USDA Studies have shown that planting corn in rows 15 inches apart instead of the usual 30 inches increases yields. Scientists speculate that the plants may be using sunlight, water and nutrients more efficiently, to say nothing of shading out and out-competing with weeds. Although farmers will have to modify their equipment, this could be a boon to agriculture. Something all of us who've planted intensive vegetable gardens have known all along, eh? From Agricultural Research Magazine, July 2002.

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