• Try this sweet recipe for a fresh summer snack

    What delicious Kentucky Proud fruit is the most popular crowd favorite?
    From late April to July, fresh strawberries certainly could be the most delightful winner.
    And we should be seeing some at our Henry County Farmers Market in the coming weeks.  
    Kentucky strawberries always deliver satisfying flavor — whether it’s found in scrumptious strawberry pie, luscious strawberry preserves, or a yummy fresh berry snack.
    Not only do they have mouth-watering appeal, but strawberries provide great healthy benefits.

  • Safe canning practices will keep everyone healthy

    Gardens are beginning to bear the fruits of our labor.
    Soon, it will be time to start thinking about preserving some of the excess produce for winter months.
    Safety is of utmost importance for those of us who will be preserving food, because — let’s face it — no one wants to get sick from poorly processed food.
    Bacteria, molds and yeast can grow quickly on fresh foods, and fruits and vegetables contain oxygen and enzymes that can cause food to spoil.

  • Henry County 4-H advances in Culinary Challenge

    By Cathy Toole

  • Dairy farmer talks cow health and milk quality with the Eminence Rotary Club

    Susan Coleman is similar in many ways to the members of the Eminence Rotary Club she spoke with on May 4 – working to provide a quality product to customers, according to a news release from the Southeast United Dairy Industrial Association. But unlike the typical local business, Coleman’s most important asset is her cows and her product is milk.
    The Coleman family owns and operates their family dairy farm outside of Eminence.  
    The family milks 60 cows twice a day.
    They also raise corn and alfalfa hay on the 142-acre farm.  

  • Interest in industrial hemp is growing, Comer reports

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently joined farmers and industry leaders to lay out an ambitious agenda of industrial hemp research projects and economic development initiatives in Kentucky in 2015.
    “We’re here today to brand Kentucky as a leader in industrial hemp production,” Comer said in a celebration at G.F. Vaughan Tobacco Warehouse #23 in Lexington. “We want to make Kentucky synonymous with hemp like Idaho with potatoes. … Hemp equals jobs and economic development.”

  • Check to see if your first-aid kit is up-to-date

    We noticed the other day that our office first-aid kit needed re-stocking after some band aids that had been in there for about 10 years wouldn’t stick!  
    So, when we received the following information from UK Health Care it seemed a good time to share with everyone.  
    We all should have a well-stocked first-aid kit at home, in the car and in the workplace.
    You may also want to stock a portable kit (a box or small bag) that can be taken to the site of an emergency.

  • Plan ahead to preserve the bounty of the season

    Spring has arrived and gardening season is underway. Nothing tastes better than locally grown produce picked fresh from the garden.
    Many consumers preserve the season’s bounty to use once the growing season has passed. For those who preserve food, now is a great time to gear up for the season.
    Start by creating an inventory of supplies and getting a head start on purchasing needed jars and lids and other necessities.

  • Second Wind Dreams special sewing day

    Extension Master Clothing Volunteer Ethel Baker worked along with 14 other Second Wind Dream volunteers to create 60 dining vests for the residents at Providence New Castle from donated fabric at the Henry County Extension Office last Saturday.  The vests create a more dignified way to help people stay mess free at meal times and during the day.  The volunteers were able to get creative and sew beautiful reversible vests in a variety of colors.

  • Jackson services on angus association board
  • Sharing essential information on essential oils

    By now, you’ve likely heard about essential oils, but may not be familiar with what they are and their benefits and risks.
    Essential oils are highly concentrated oils derived from plants.
    While used for centuries, their popularity has recently soared, especially among individuals looking for natural healing options rather than prescription medications.  
    Our U.K. health specialist has shared some information from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota on the subject of aromatherapy.
    Aromatherapy is how essential oils are used.