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Food Friday: Okra

Okra is a mean, green Southern favorite. Whether fried, boiled or pickled, okra is a great accompaniment for a summertime supper. Learning to fry okra can be intimidating, but the Auburn cookbook can help make it a reality in your kitchen.  If  the okra plants in your garden are producing too much to eat right now, try pickling your okra ... Read More »

Pest Management in the Garden

Are the vegetables in your garden under attack? Summer weather can bring hungry garden pests to feed on luscious green leaves. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said there are ways to curb pest damage in the garden through the use of integrated pest management (IPM) practices. “There are many ways to integrate pest management practices in the garden,” Majumdar said. “Extension ... Read More »

Food Friday: Zucchini

Zucchini from the garden are most often paired with squash cooked on the oven or on the grill. If the zucchini plants are producing a little more than expected, try these recipes from the Auburn Cookbook! Try something new for breakfast or dinner… and share with friends! Zucchini Apple Muffins 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 cups all-purpose ... Read More »

Making the Older Years Golden

Selma, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System partnered with senior citizen service providers from across the Black Belt to celebrate the 25th Annual Senior Citizen Day on May 27. Vendors providing home health care services, healthy meals, medicare assistance and healthy living tips gathered at the Carl Morgan Convention Center, where more than 350 senior citizens from Dallas, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, ... Read More »

Food Friday: Peachy Peach

Even if it leaves a stain on your shirt, a fresh peach is a Southern summer favorite. How about incorporating this delicious fruit in more places than just cut fruit or breakfast. Stop by the fruit stand on your way home and pick up fresh peaches. Your family will enjoy a delicious peach dessert, using a recipe from the Auburn Cookbook by ... Read More »

Food Friday: Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple in every southern garden. In addition to tomato sandwiches and chopped (or cherry) tomatoes in a salad, try a stuffed tomato or a tomato salad for a change. Stuffed Tomatoes 6 medium tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped cucumber 1 tablespoon chopped green pepper 1 tablespoon chopped onion 1 hard-cooked egg 3 hard cooked ... Read More »

New Meat Processing Plant Brings Opportunities

AUBURN, Ala.–California-based restaurant industry supplier Golden State Foods’ plan to build a meat processing plant in Opelika, Ala. is a step in reaching the goals of the Alabama Strategic Plan for Agriculture. The strategic plan has a  a goal of expanding agriculture-related jobs by 58,000 and adding $7 billion to the state economy by 2020. With completion expected in fall 2016, the  plant will contribute ... Read More »

Food Friday: Summer Squash

Many gardeners in central Alabama are already catching a glimpse of cheery yellow squash ripening in the garden. Right now, squash cooked with butter, bacon and onion sounds like a delicious side dish, but as the summer wears on, your tastebuds might like a little deviation from the norm. Since squash plants produce all summer long, try incorporating these recipes ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Turf Tips 101

With warmer weather and abundant rain, many Alabama lawns have jumped into high gear. Homeowners can tackle some simple chores to help get their turf in tip top shape. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said general maintenance on the mower is one of the first orders of business. Sharpening mower blades, changing spark plugs and setting mower ... Read More »