Monday, August 18, 2014
As summer is winding down, it may feel like your garden's best days may be behind you until next year. However, this is not necessarily the case. There are some vegetables that are speedy growers, frost resistant and can extend the life of your garden well into fall. Beets, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, carrots and more are great for a fall garden. You can even implement succession planting by digging up crops that have ended their production and replacing them with some fall beauties! By choosing the right plants and knowing how to protect them when temperatures dip, you can have a productive garden.
We have a collection of a few articles that will help you grow vegetables this fall! For more detailed information on Fall Vegetable Gardens, see:
Fall Vegetable Gardening via Better Homes and Gardens
What to Plant Now for a Fall Vegetable Garden via A Way to Garden.com
Fall Vegetable Gardening via A Tasteful Garden
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Reflecting on how our nation was built, we think of the strong men and women that used ingenuity to forge life in a foreign land. We think of the innovation and commitment to making quality products. In recent history, we have seen this production disappear leaving a negative impact on many aspects of our communities. Anchor Hocking, a company that has been producing quality glass products in the U.S. since 1905, has found itself in economic trouble and recently was forced to lay off its employees. With two plants, one in Lancaster, Ohio and one in Monaca, Pennsylvania, the May layoffs affected over 1,500 people. Originally, the employees were expected to return to work within a few weeks. However, this did not occur. Only some of the employees have been able to return to work at the Ohio plant and the union has had to make concessions lowering wages. The Ohio plant is set to resume more operations next week but is still on very shaky ground. The Pennsylvania plant remains closed.
Anchor Hocking employees and community business leaders are determined to find a way to purchase the company and keep Anchor Hocking running. They have launched an initiative called Save Anchor Hocking and are raising money through various avenues. Their goal is to purchase the company to keep it manufacturing here in the U.S., producing and running a commercial and offering stock options for investors. As you can see, the determined organization has quite a road ahead and there are ways we can help!
This loss of manufacturing will have far reaching negative impacts on employees, their families and their communities which will ultimately trickle to all of us. Helping Anchor Hocking is our chance to help keep their manufacturing in the U.S.A. and keep our country producing these quality goods. You can easily support Save Anchor Hocking by liking their Facebook Page, liking their posts so that more people will see the posts and sharing with your friends. If you are in their area, there will be a variety of fundraising events that you will learn about by following on Facebook. Additionally, Save Anchor Hocking will be selling "Save Anchor Hocking" bracelets to raise money. Norton's U.S.A. will be receiving some of these bracelets to make it easy for our friends and supporters to help Save Anchor Hocking. Manufacturing and innovation are very much the backbone of our country and are vital to the success of our communities. We need to act now to save this company and these jobs!
Anchor Hocking glassware has been one of our celebrated American Made products that we sell at Norton’s U.S.A. since we opened seven years ago. We love Anchor Hocking and will help them stay in business anyway we can!**Save Anchor Hocking is an organization formed by Anchor Hocking employees, business leaders and concerned citizens. It is not part of Anchor Hocking.
For more information:
Anchor Hocking union employees reject concessions: plant's fate in doubt
Anchor Hocking plant in Lancaster to resume production next week
Anchor Hocking plant in Lancaster to resume production next week
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Summer concerts on the lawn, enjoying a cool breeze in a beautiful natural space, teddy bear picnics with the little ones--all of these summer memories will be picture perfect with a wonderful picnic!
Strategies for packing the perfect picnic:
- Know your guests: You do not want to pack bananas for someone who is less than thrilled with their smell. Base your menu on what your guests like, not necessarily on the easiest items to fill your basket.
- Make a list: Being organized will go a long way to ensure you have everything you need!
- Think portable, finger food and less mess: We all have lofty ambitions and would love to make impressive creations to wow our guests. However, food items that are easily portable and even acceptably eaten by finger may be easier.
- Don't forget cleaning items: Napkins are definitely a must. Also, don't forget a bag for refuse and one for dishes. Hand wipes may also be useful.
- Cold packs: Depending on what you bring and how long you will be out, you may want a cold pack or two to keep things cold.
- Entertainment: You can slip in a pack of cards, a Frisbee, jacks or some other small type of game to add a little more fun to your picnic.
To whimsical paper plates and napkins:
To no-fuss rollup blankets:
And useful storage containers:
We have it all! Sitting by a campfire, you say? We even have Toas-Tite to help make delightful toasted sandwiches!
We hope that our friends enjoy many fun summer picnics this year!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Over the past few weeks, village squares and outdoor venues have become abuzz with local farmers selling the freshest of seasonal produce. Farmers' markets are not only fun but can provide your family with healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers and businesses. As an added bonus, shopping at Farmers Markets is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint since the produce has not had to travel as far to market.
We have collected a few ideas of how to make the most of your visit to the Farmers' Market as well as a list of resources that provide more insights:
- Walk around the whole market: You will want to walk around the whole market before buying. This will give you an idea of what is available and at what prices.
- Bring small bills: This will make transactions easier if you are just purchasing a small quantity at each stand.
- Price: One of the joys of buying produce at the Farmers' Market is that it is in season. However, this does not mean you are always getting it at the lowest prices. In some cases, the first week a fruit or vegetable is available, its price may be a little higher as not producer will have it and it will be available in smaller quantities. If you wait a couple of weeks, the price may come down.
- Ask for seconds: If the appearance of your produce does not matter, ask for seconds. You may be able to get a discount on fruit or veggies with slight bumps or bruises.
- Bring a cooler with ice packs: Bringing along a cooler with ice packs will save you a lot of headaches if the Farmers' Market is not your last stop before going home or if you purchase something that requires refrigeration.
- Consider timing: There are two different strategies here. You will want to arrive early to have the best selection. Additionally, some items will run out quickly. However, there may be deals as the Farmers' Market is about to close.
- Ask Questions: Don't be afraid to ask questions. You may learn about new produce or new preparations. You may also want to inquire about farming practices and whether the produce is organic if it is unclear.
Buy Local, Buy Fresh, Buy Healthy!
Sources for more ideas:
6 Tips for Navigating Farmers' Markets in Real Simple
10 Tips for Navigating Your Way Through Farmers Markets in Me You Health