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Today's Features

  • Summer means it’s almost time for Homestead Farm Camp at Greenlands Farm in Bolivia.

    For three days in July, children in two age brackets can immerse themselves in modern homestead farming, in accordance with the family-owned and operated farm’s goal of connecting farming traditions with the present.

    Camp sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 20, for children 5 to 8 and Monday, July 25, through Wednesday, July 27, for children 9 to 13.

    Tuition is $195 per child.

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  •  A garden always reflects the person charged with managing it. I get bored rather easily and love to try new things. That’s why I have a garden of “onesies,” one of this cool plant and one of that cool plant. It might frustrate the hardcore landscape designer, but it’s OK with me.

    Trying new plants is one of my favorite things to do each year, even if it requires moving or removing another plant. Based on my experience over the last couple of years, you should consider adding African lily and firecracker plant to your garden.

  •  “Oh well, I’m on vacation and I’m going to eat everything I want.” Or, “I deserve to eat it, I’m on vacation.” You’ve probably heard people say this, or possibly said it yourself.

    Not gaining weight while on vacation is usually easier said than done, but you can still focus on a healthy diet and still have a good time.

  •  First of all, London broil is a cooking method, not a cut of beef, but many grocery store meat departments and butcher shops sell a cut of beef labeled “London broil.” What cut of beef is it? It is usually either top round roast or top round steak

    No one knows where the “London” comes from in the name, since this is a decidedly American dish, but it has become such a popular cooking method that many butchers simply use the term “London broil” since the method has become nearly synonymous with that cut of meat.

     

  •  When I teach food safety classes, we talk about highly susceptible populations. This means people who have a higher risk of getting sick from a foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning). People with weaker immune systems can get sick from a smaller number of pathogens than the general population. Highly susceptible populations include older adults whose immune systems are weakening due to because of age, preschool-aged children whose immune systems are still developing and people whose immune systems are weakened because of medication or a medical condition.

  •  When I hear talk of building walls to keep people away, to keep them out of our workplaces, schools, country, our very hearts and lives, I also hear a question posed in Scripture. It’s a familiar story told by the Lukan community in the gospel proclaimed in many churches. It’s the tale of a scholar of the law who stood tall with a provocative query. “Teacher,” he asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

  •  Ellen and Michael R. Prokop Jr. of Shallotte are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 14, 1956, in Worcester, Mass., and moved to Brierwood Estates in 1993 from Darnestown, Md. They have six children and six grandchildren, all of who will accompany them on a cruise from Charleston, S.C., to the Bahamas to celebrate the occasion.

  •  Fruits and vegetables are now at the peak of their season, so all you have to do is just clean them, peel or cut them and just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their raw, fresh taste.

    Local farmers markets like Indigo Farms Produce and Holden Bros. Farm Market have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons, and, of course, tomatoes. Take home everything that looks good, but don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all; you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.