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    is to harvest just after the scape curls downward and definitely before it uncurls and starts to straighten out You ll find scapes only on hardneck garlic varieties Most commercial varieties from California and points south are softnecks but Northwest gardeners tend to gravitate toward hardneck varieties Meredith pointed out that cutting scapes was always considered a good idea for horticultural reasons even before people knew about their culinary charms If you let the scapes continue to grow it will reduce the size of the garlic bulb said Meredith And once they re in your harvest basket you ve got yourself a grass green bundle of pure coiled potential You can stir fry garlic scapes or you can sauté them and put them in omelets and scrambled eggs said Butters Roasted they re dynamite Or you can boil them or bake them Leave em whole for roasting boiling or baking Cut em into short lengths for stir frying and sautéing the way you would use asparagus My favorite way of using them is grilling them said Meredith They usually coincide with the salmon season and salmon and scapes is one of our favorite things to do You just sprinkle them with olive oil and salt or toss them in a marinade and put it on the grill When it starts to heat up it will start to wilt and you just turn it with tongs I think it tends to have a little more flavor browning it brings out the garlic flavor Possibly the best and most practical use is Garlic Scape Pesto see recipe below That s one of Butters favorites because you can use it in so many ways the way you would use regular basil pesto I love it spread on breads and stuff said Butters I also take mine and turn it into a salad dressing To make it into a salad dressing all you have to do is thin out the pesto with some vinegar lime juice and olive oil The result is a fresh scented garlic accented salad dressing without the full garlic bite Butters is also partial to pesto because it s an ideal way to preserve scapes far beyond the June harvest She said you can make the pesto with just enough liquid to hold it together leaving out the parmesan cheese and put it into zip top bags and freeze it Then you can take it out add the cheese and a little more olive oil and have that late June flavor at Thanksgiving And yes by the way you should use the entire stalk including the elegant white bud at the end I always use the white stuff said Butters It s like eating the bud on a chive Garlic Scape Pesto From MaryJane s Ideabook Cookbook Lifebook Potter 2005 1 4 pound garlic scapes 1 2 cup olive oil 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice Salt Puree garlic scapes and olive oil in a blender

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    The article Organic Valley Farmer Does It All is a well written and compelling read The author follows OV farmer Gloria Varney through her day in Turner Maine There s a 1 6 page ad at the end inviting readers to explore the company s Web site and join its Farm Friends program I write so much about the blurring of content and advertising and this piece really does a nice job with the concept There are a lot of sewing and craft projects in the magazine which is not really my thing more due to lack of time than interest I wish I could devote a week or more to making the pillows duvet cover table runner purse storage unit skirt apron curtain napkin valance journal and book cover doily room divider embroidery hoop food covers shelf edging lavender eye pillow and plastic bottle purse whew that the magazine contains instructions for More my speed is the section that has REALLY simple projects like put a fork handle down into a jar and voila you have a Fork Recipe Holder Works for me But those who are put off by not having an article to read on every page may be turned off by this The old joke about Playboy I get it for the articles applies here The newsroom section is said to be for women who dare women who care women who share The collection of news snippets a la Utne Reader or The Week is nicely done It s not all about farm life and organics but would appeal to anyone with an interest in living better and enjoying life more The photography and art direction in MaryJanesFarm is lovely and calming to the eye Poems and quotes are interspersed between stories But even though that

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    MaryJane Butters is a pioneer of sustainability and conservation She is the founder of a thriving environmental group has developed a diverse array of organic products and runs a rural enterprise that has been featured in National Geographic magazine She trains future organic farmers through a farm apprentice program runs a B B that was featured in the New York Times Style Magazine designs and sells her own line of organic linens and is the creator of Project F A R M First class American Rural Made an organization that supports rural women s handicrafts She is the author of three books on farm living and her magazine MaryJanesFarm is distributed nationwide Since 2002 the Oregon Business Plan has provided the strategic framework for Oregon s business and elected leaders building a stronger more competitive state economy In 2006 the focus of the Plan was turned to Oregon s reputation for sustainability as a competitive advantage and to leveraging green products services and expertise With strong support from the community the 2007 Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee strategically focused on green industries from wood products to solar energy to discover industry needs and to find big ideas that advance the sustainability strategy This focus is proving effective finding Oregon ahead of the curve with expanded markets and opportunities for sustainable businesses and jobs The annual Andrus Leadership Awards recognize people s demonstrated commitment to stewardship of the environment economic entrepreneurship and service to the community Past recipients have included Stahlbush Island Farms of Corvallis Oregon Norm Thompson Outfitters of Portland Oregon Jefferson State Forest Products of Hayfork California and Celilo Group Media of Portland Oregon Among his many conservation accomplishments Cecil D Andrus has helped established numerous National Recreation Areas in Idaho He also championed the Birds of Prey sanctuary

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    in three years said John Pagliaro who has publishing responsibility for MaryJanesFarm along with Belvoir sister title Mary Engelbreit s Home Companion Butters published nine issues of the magazine on her own before approaching Belvoir to take it over the company said Aimed at health conscious environmentally aware women ages 25 49 the title will target makers of organic food clothes and personal care products to advertise Organic Valley Coop is a launch advertiser MaryJane Butters Guns for Organic DIYers Media Buyer Planner March 18 2008 Belvoir Media Group will publish MaryJanesFarm an organic focused lifestyle magazine based on the work knowledge and real life everyday events taking place on MaryJane Butters organic farm in the Palouse region of Idaho Butters will be the editorial director of the magazine which will launch with the spring 2008 issue MaryJane Butters is an icon of the organic movement and the pursuit of simpler living according to Belvoir From her farm she sells 60 different organic prepared foods and in addition to MaryJanesFarm magazine also shares the message of simple organic living with readers of her books syndicated newspaper column and on www maryjanesfarm org and www maryjanesoutpost org Butters also designs and

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    MaryJane Butters Her Own Personal Idaho Change Magazine March 2008 Read article PDF file

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    America s corn belt making it cheaper than imported cane sugar Nestle author of What to Eat and Politics of Food hears a lot of concern about HFCS from audiences But she said there is little difference between high fructose corn syrup and table sugar HFCS is glucose and fructose separated Table sugar is glucose and fructose stuck together but quickly separated by digestive enzymes she said The body can hardly tell them apart Still people worry Maybe it s because of the studies Maybe it s because of books such as Michal Pollan s The Ominvore s Dilemma which details how prevalent corn is in our diets or Greg Crister s 2003 book Fat Land How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World which makes a case against HFCS Maybe it s because of the rise of the healthy eating movement as evidenced in the growth in the organics market and organizations such as Slow Food Maybe it s a combination of these influences that has people concerned about what they put in their bodies Dozens of Web sites discuss potentially negative health affects of the stuff Other people simply don t like the idea of their food coming from a lab In response some food producers such as Portland based Franz Bakery are starting to label their products HFCS free The USDA estimates that in 2006 we ate an average of 41 5 pounds of HFCS That s in addition to the 44 5 pounds of sugar consumed While the research isn t clear it is clear that Americans consume large amounts HFCS mostly in sodas and processed food These types of foods are often high in calories and low in nutritional value the Mayo Clinic Web site reads This fact alone is reason to be cautious

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    the publishers of Mary Engelbreit s Home Companion Her home decorating items are sold exclusively at Belk departments stores a chain of 400 outlets throughout the South She has more than 50 private investors though she remains majority stockholder Her popularity may have reached critical mass in 2003 when Martha Stewart was facing charges and a prison term for her part in an insider trading scheme Lifestyle purveyors were searching for a potential replacement There was the gay Martha and the black Martha I was the pioneer Martha says Butters who hated the comparison It was degrading to her and it was degrading to me Today a three story work in progress farmhouse with red rimmed windows and a rooftop reminiscent of a grain silo soars above the property Lush berries fill a fenced area too big to be called a patch Well kept rows of lemon cucumbers blue potatoes cherry tomatoes and curly kale cover another section Chickens provide a gentle scratch and cluck backdrop for conversations A vintage turquoise flatbed truck sits alongside the coral pink Mercedes that runs on homemade biodiesel A hive of workers help her keep the Farmgirl machine running from packaging to book and Web design to weeding the garden Creative young women come to learn at Butters knee and help bring to life her ideas for crafts and recipes Her third husband Nick Ogle a neighbor who joined her at the farmers market in those early days as he looked for creative ways to preserve his own farm s longevity oversees the mail order business Her daughter and son in law Lucas both help out usually with Butters only grandchild Stella in arm It hasn t been an easy transition from farmer to entrepreneur State officials refused to take her seriously when she sought certification as Idaho s first organic manufacturer They were rude to me snickering while I gave my presentation I was fighting tears the whole time she said One official told her he wouldn t let you people put the word organic on your food because you get more money for it and it isn t any better Times have changed Organic food now makes up the fastest growing segment of the food industry growing nationally at a rate of 20 percent each year since 1990 according to the U S Department of Agriculture The U S market is expected to exceed 30 billion this year Laura Johnson a marketing manager for the state Department of Agriculture said Butters had a tough haul but Idaho is lucky she held on MaryJane has been a pioneer for organic production in Idaho She s been a real success story generating a great deal of publicity for Idaho and the Northwest It provides spillover benefits for the rest of Idaho agriculture she said Although she ll turn a profit this year money remains an issue Not because she wants to travel the world or live in a lavish home but because she still has work to do I need money just like I need a sharp hoe she said Setbacks including a devastating farmhouse fire in 1996 aside Butters has shown either great luck or incredible foresight She tapped into the organic movement just as it was about to blossom and she caught hold of a renewed fascination with the quaint art of homemaking There s a mood in the country that s a return to the roots even if you didn t have them she said It s more the therapy of it The thing she may be most proud of however is the community of farmgirls she has had a hand in helping create Thousands of women meet online at www maryjanesfarm com to share ideas and offer support or they gather in kitchens and living rooms as part of the nearly 400 Farmgirl chapters that have been started in seven countries When Manti resident and farmgirl Kate Talley suffered a serious bone infection earlier this year she received handmade gifts poems and cards from women she d never met face to face including Butters and her daughter I d get the mail and just cry she said That s the best payoff Butters can imagine It s all about people for me said Butters I learned that from Mormon culture Follow up Feature 11 26 07 Farm Team Movement aims to take back the joy in everyday things Kate Talley had lots of support last year when she developed a dangerous bone infection Women flooded the house with get well cards poems even a handmade apron and crocheted dishcloths But the love and encouragement didn t just come from next door around the block or even the same county They poured in from across the nation from women Talley had never met face to face These women are just amazing she said of the distant friends who helped keep her going They make up an old fashioned sisterhood brought together in a high tech way fellow farmgirls who have gathered online and in person to celebrate a lifestyle that is closer to nature and slower in pace The farmgirl community was launched by MaryJane Butters a Utah native who started an organic farm in Idaho more than two decades ago and today heads a lifestyle empire complete with books magazines linens dried foods and more Butters has thousands of followers spanning 46 states and seven countries Her followers creed says a farmgirl believes in friendship and community She makes things with her hands She is kind gentle patient and generous We take back the joy in everyday things in teaching our children the pleasure of setting the table and eating a meal together or picking the apples off our tree and making applesauce that we ll eat all winter together said Talley of Manti I just love it Talley stumbled across the Farmgirl phenomenon when she discovered MaryJane s Farm magazine That first issue I read cover to cover It

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    use the outdoor firepit By the way if I hear strange thuds on the tent top it s just the walnuts falling I m beginning to feel very in touch with the person I might have been Then I panic What about coffee Heyde displays a plastic bag of fresh ground beans and shows how to ignite the JetBoil French press thingie For dinner she says I can pick anything out of the fields Or I can walk down to the backpacking food warehouse choose a meal and cook it up with boiling water at my tent Or I could grab a couple of fresh eggs and some butter from her kitchen and cook them on the burner by my sink All of these options are attractive To the person I might have been As it is I drive 15 minutes back into civilization and park at the Moscow Coop a bright spacious market in the hip little downtown I buy two icy Blue Moon beers and an organic salad in a plastic box and drive back to the farm After half a beer the person that I am and the one I might have been feel in perfect harmony We sit together at the table outside my tent listening to quail rustle in the brush and owls hoot in the trees reading while the sun goes down THE MEN WHO come to MaryJane s B B have usually been dragged by some woman That s the case with Kathie and KW Norris who drove six hours east from suburban Portland We met one morning in the plum pit the grove where guests gather for Heyde s excellent breakfasts which include things like shirred eggs and raspberry scones Chickens strutted and clucked in the dirt The firepit crackled Another guest a graduate student from Spokane sat knitting in a chair made of tree branches I grew up on a farm says KW who now works in computers And Kathie wants to go spend money camping out at a farm I said Why are we doing this MaryJane who had dropped by to greet the guests laughs You were thinking You want to pay to use an outhouse she says But KW likes it The night before just outside their tent he had sauteed the vegetables they d picked in the lower garden For desert they picked berries in the upper garden and with one of MaryJane s package mixes made chocolate chip cookies in a frying pan KW liked it so much he had an idea for MaryJane Make the farm a wi fi hotspot Run working retreats for businesspeople MaryJane cups her chin in a manicured hand and nods thoughtfully I could do retreats Once guests confirm that MaryJane is real they re impressed by two things One is that she seems so normal The other is that she is not normal It is not normal to have a resume that includes Forest Service ranger construction worker environmental activist

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