Monday, July 29, 2013

What You Can Learn From Mother Earth News

Do you read Mother Earth News?  It comes every other month and provides so much food for thought and action. We just received the August/September issue and it is chock-full of information to make your life healthier.

Have you ever had trouble choosing a melon? In this issue will learn to Chose and Use the Best Melons. Here's one thing to look for -- "The flavor of most melons (except winter melons) does not improve after harvest, so make sure they are ripe."

There's a 4-page article called Freezing Fruits and Vegetables From Your Garden, with beautiful photographs, a list of crops that freeze well and the answer to the question, "Can you freeze in canning jars?"

You might like the nostalgic piece by Brian Welch about the hand tools passed through his family and the way they connect him to his ancestors, to work and to tradition.

Readers get their say in Dear Mother (letters to the editor) and Country Lore, where they share tips to live by. From a story about a mama hen who adopted guinea keets, to overwintering carrot in your garden, the story of a homemade greenhouse and readers' favorite herbal flavors, the contributions of readers are fun and informative, just like Mother Earth's articles.

What I most enjoyed abut this issue is the poster called Top Tips to Boost Flavor and Nutrition. It's adapted from the book Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson. Take a minute and click here to view the poster that gives such suggestions as this: "Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces a day or so before you eat it to double the amount of antioxidants." Who knew?

We are also subscribers to Mother Earth Living: Natural Home, Healthy Life. Articles emphasize cooking, cleaning, saving money, healthy cosmetics, home remedies and other very practical, useful information to challenge and assist readers in everyday living. The issues are loaded with charts and illustrations, tips and news that are easy to read and really quite inspiring.

In 2011 we attended the Mother Earth News Fair at the Puyallup Fair Grounds. We had a great time and were exposed to some new ideas as well as some topics we'd been thinking about for a while. We missed it this year (June 1-2) but it is scheduled for Seven Springs, Pennsylvania in September and Lawrence Kansas in October.  And if you missed it this year, why not pencil it in for next? Check out details here.

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