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Do you know what a pawpaw is?

Posted by Robin Abel on

Raise your hand if you know what a pawpaw is.  Most of you don't know whether it's something you eat, an animal, or a new app.  That's okay.  I won't tell all the other people who not only raised their hands but shouted "I do!"  (No joke.  They did.  I watched on them on their webcam...)   A pawpaw is a fruit that is surprisingly native to North America.  You'll probably never find it in the grocery store because they are very fragile and not easy to transport.  They have a taste and texture that's a cross between a banana...

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Be unique!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Leona's.  For some of you, that's all I had to say.  Now I've lost you to the smooth texture, the bright flavors, and the unique combination of tastes created in the Leona's kitchen.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you've got to try an ice cream sandwich from Leona's!   Leona's is a lactose free product but you'd never know it from the taste.  One of it's founders, Katie, has lactose intolerance and tried for years to find something she could love.  She received an ice cream maker for a wedding gift, started experimenting, and the rest is...

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Impressive farmers

Posted by Robin Abel on

Isn't it great when you're surprised by people?  One of the issues with small business is that we don't know everything and you'll see us fall flat sometimes (and we have to be okay with that).  We're not as polished as big business and sometimes people expect us to be.  But small business is great because you get personal interaction.  It's one of my favorite parts of working with the variety of businesses we connect with.  Knowing that we can't all be great at things, I really get excited when a small business seems to be knocking it out of...

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BABY GOATS!!!!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Say that in your best teenage girl voice. BABY GOATS!!!!  We're in a phase that we love baby goats, and perhaps other baby animals, but can't convince anyone (notably my husband) that we should get one.  My girls think they are super cute and we need one. My son just loves animals and would have 1 of everything. I love that they eat anything and when you live on 4 acres, eating poison ivy and overgrown brush sounds like a good idea.  Did you know you can rent goats too?  See, we've really thought about it.   This Monday, I...

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Adventures as a vegetable farmer

Posted by Robin Abel on

My husband grew up with a large garden that they ate from all year round.  After moving to a rural 4 acres, it seemed logical that we should do the same.  It's sustainable, good for environment, and there are lots of resources to help us succeed.  I have books, grow lights, seeds, knee mats, a rain barrel! Of course this will be a huge success!   Not so much.     I don't understand soil, I think our garden is in a low spot so there is too much water, my broccoli looks nothing like the ones in the store and...

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