Southern Ohio Farm Show

Enjoy the first anniversary episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show!
This episode features:
  • Weather outlook with Dr. Aaron Wilson
  • Visit the new Maplecrest Meats & More in Hillsboro to learn about locally sourced meat products with Joanie Grimes, Andrea Holt, and Lindsey Hall.
  • Get tips for a championship lawn at Snow Hill Country Club from Dave Miller
  • Learn about Equine studies at Wilmington College with Daren Wright, Stephanie McConnell, Savannah Cool and Myckala Geisler
Tune in next week for another new episode! To register for the live Zoom broadcast that occurs every Wednesday at 10AM, register via:

Food Preservation Basics Webinar Series

Are you interested in learning about food preservation?  Join us for these free webinars hosted by Ohio State University Extension. The first half hour will consist of a lesson on the below topics, followed by 30 minutes of open question and answer time. You are welcome to register for just one or all of them.

 

Tuesdays from 4PM – 5PM

  • May 4, Jars and Lids
  • May 18, Water Bath Canning
  • June 1, Pressure Canning
  • June 15, Freezing
  • June 29, Drying

Register for these programs.

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What’s for Dinner?

Overwhelming words for many at the end of the day!  We are busier than ever, and outsourcing grocery shopping and meal preparation is quite appealing.  Home delivered meal services are popular and offer quick, tasty, and convenient meals.  Are these meals nutritious and worth the extra money?

These meal kits are a lifesaver for many busy families or those who have limited cooking experience.  The meals are delivered ready to cook, saving time at the recipe planning stage, the grocery store, chopping food items and prepping the meal.  Many meal kits are ready in 30 minutes or less and save time to spend on more fun things!

Consider meal prepping on your own.  The advantages are healthier options, cost and time saving strategies.  Getting organized is the first step in meal preparation.  Choose favorite recipes for the week.  There are three stages of meal preparing.

  1. Batch cooking.  Make large recipes on one selected day (weekend) and freeze to use later in the week.
  2. Individually portioned meals.  Prepare meals in individual portions ahead of time for a gran and go meal.
  3. Prepped ingredients.  Chop, peel. Slice or roast beforehand and use these prepare ingredients in recipes.

Meal prepping saves time and money with buying and preparing home cooked food ahead of time.  Most people shop and cook on the weekends.

Here are guidelines to start meal prepping at home:

  • Take inventory of your storage containers.  Use reusable airtight containers.
  • Select meals you want to prep for: breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • Choose a shopping day.  Sunday and Wednesday are two popular days.
  • Determine how many meals  you want to prep.  Experiment with prepping for two to three days before attempting five or more.
  • Consider using a meal prep cookbook.  There are several available and check with your local library.
  • Meal preparation Apps are available to use on your smartphone.
  • Prep afternoon snacks of cut up vegetables with a yogurt dip.
  • Prep your recipes and put together in containers.  Refrigerate or freeze.  Prepared foods can remain refrigerated for 2-5 days or frozen 3-4 months depending on the ingredients.

Meal prepping does not need to be complex.  Basic steps help cut back on cooking time and increasing time for activities that matter most!

Happy Earth Day!

This video, Our Favorite Sustainable Products, is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

The YouTube link is here: https://youtu.be/fXHcv6ERJCA

Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we visit Sim’s Family Golf Center to learn tips for putting, April gardening update from Dr. Tim McDermott, and a weather outlook with Dr. Aaron Wilson.
Be sure to tune in next week for the 1st anniversary of the Southern Ohio Farm Show!

Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this week’s episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, we discuss anhydrous ammonia application with Jed Bower, a National Corn Growers Association Board Member. Richard Purdin also discusses spring forage seeding.
Tune in next week for another new episode!

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week on the Southern Ohio Farm Show, Pat Brinkman teaches us how to make apple nachos and Gigi Neal teaches us the best practices for growing potatoes. Tune in next week for another new episode!

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Virtual Dining with Diabetes

Do you or someone you love have diabetes?  With 30 million diabetics in America, you are not alone! Join OSU Extension’s Dining with Diabetes and learn how to incorporate good, healthy cooking techniques and other practices to help control your blood sugar through our cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers.

Dates:

  • May 3 10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.
  • May 10. 10:00 A.M..- 12:00 P.M.
  • May 17 10:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.
  • May 24 10:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

Cost: Free

Registration: https://go.osu.edu/diningwithdiabetes52021

Zoom link will be sent to your email address 24 hours before the class.

Questions: Please contact Margaret Jenkins, jenkins.188@osu.edu, FCS Educator, Clermont County.

 

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Southern Ohio Farm Show

Avocado deviled eggs and tips for growing potatoes are featured in this week’s Southern Ohio Farm Show. Join Tammy Jones and Gigi Neal for this food-focused episode.
Next week’s show will feature part 2 of Gigi Neal’s presentation on growing your own potatoes.

USDA to Increase Monthly SNAP Benefits by $100 per Household Through September

SNAP recipients can expect an increase in benefits through September 2021 thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan.

The global pandemic has led to job cuts, reduced work hours, and financial instability, resulting in changed lives for many individuals and their families. In many cases, this means it’s harder to put enough food on the table. According to Feeding America, an estimated 42 million people, including 13 million children, may face food insecurity in 2021. For context, that’s 1 out of every 8 adults, and 1 in 6 kids. To help combat this issue, the USDA recently announced an increase in monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 2021. If you’ve been struggling financially throughout the pandemic, the information below may help you get the relief you need.

Read the full article HERE.