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Pumpkin Picking and Preserving

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Several months of cultivation and care go into making a pumpkin grow. When October rolls around, these pumpkins will be ready to pick and show off on your porch for Halloween and even in cornucopias into the Thanksgiving season. Harvesting Pumpkins Alabama Extension Horticulturist Dr. Joe Kemble said pumpkins are generally ready for harvest 90 days after planting, depending on the ... Read More »

Volunteers Irreplaceable Assets in 4-H Programs

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Auburn, Alabama —April 10 through 15  is National Volunteer Week, and a great time to say thank you to all of the volunteers that contribute to Alabama 4-H. The youth development and education program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  4-H is a program designed to foster skill development in young people. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has helped ... Read More »

Food Friday: Oh, Honey!

Auburn, Ala.—National Honey Month Food Fridays continue this week with delicious cookie and candy recipes. Are you a honey fan? Share your favorite recipes with us! But for now, try these two honey cookie recipes. These sweet treats still pack the health benefits of local honey consumption… you can’t go wrong! Honey Drop Cookies 1/4 cup corn-oil margarine 1 egg ... Read More »

Peanut Harvest Underway in Alabama

Peanut harvest is now underway in the southernmost parts of the state, while many others are still making harvest preparations. For many years, peanut growing was formerly restricted to the Wiregrass area, but has expanded across the southern tier of counties and even to some counties in central Alabama. Alabama Extension Regional Agent Kim Wilkins, said she has been pod-blasting in fields ... Read More »

Food Friday: Delicious Dove

Many across the southeast have jumped excitedly into dove season, enjoying cooler weather and outdoor fun. There is more than one way to cook a dove! Archived Alabama Extension cookbooks house some unique and delectable recipes the wild game lover is sure to enjoy. Southern Roast Dove Breast 12 dove breasts Juice of 2 lemons Salt and pepper, to taste ... Read More »

Food Friday: Honey, Honey

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September is National Honey Month! Many Food Friday followers have seen the honey-based recipes throughout the month as we celebrate pollinators and recognize their delicious contribution to society. In celebration, two of our beekeeping regional Extension agents have shared their favorite honey-filled recipes. Alabama Extension Regional Agent, Dani Carroll said Honey Dip, her favorite, is always a crowd pleaser — ... Read More »

How to Grow a Jack-O-Lantern

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Growing your own Jack-O-Lantern may be a dream come true for kids who love the fall pumpkin-carving tradition. What can you do to ensure ample growth by the time pumpkin picking time rolls around? Extension Horticulturist Joe Kemble said there are many aspects to address in order to have a productive pumpkin plant. Ensuring successful pollination is essential before moving on ... Read More »

Food Friday: Honey

September is National Honey Month. This Food Friday, we would like to share some delicious honey recipes. Although a little different from a honey-butter biscuit, these recipes can help you put the jar of local honey on your counter to good use. Try this sweet treat in your house and let us know how you like it! The honey cake and ... Read More »

Local Honey Yields Sweet Benefits

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AUBURN, Ala. — September is National Honey Month, and Alabama is home to more than 600 registered beekeepers. According to the Department of Agriculture and Industries, this number has fallen but still provides Alabama residents with a variety of options to obtain local honey. A Rise in Popularity Alabama Extension Regional Home Grounds Agent Dani Carroll said the rise in beekeeping ... Read More »

Food Friday: Tailgate Food

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It’s almost here! College football teams are working overtime preparing for football season to begin. Before you head over to check out your favorite team, put in some overtime yourself and prepare some delicious tailgate goodies. Check out these recipes from the Auburn Cookbook, a publication of Alabama Extension. Cocktail Weiners 1 10-ounce jar tart jelly (crabapple or currant) ¾ ... Read More »