Veggie Pointers.

first_img Swiss chard Tomatoes Turnips Watermelon Squash (Winter). (Acorn, butternut, buttercup, Hubbard, etc.) Harvest when well matured with hard rinds. Color should be fully developed and typical of variety. Brush gently to clean, or wash if essential, but don’t remove any waxy natural covering that may be present in some varieties. Leave about 1 inch of stem. Select sizes typical of the type or variety. Lima Beans. Select full-size, dark green pods that are still tender and fresh. Beans inside should be well-developed. Don’t use pods that have begun to yellow. Arrange neatly as described for snap beans. Photo: Wayne McLaurin Kohlrabi Lettuce Lima beans Okra Photo: Wayne McLaurin Chinese cabbage. Heads should be thick, firm and crisp. Allow two to four outer leaves to remain. Heads may be washed and dried before showing. Brussels sprouts. Sprouts should not be less than 1 inch in diameter. They should be round, fresh and firm. Stems should be smoothly trimmed to about 1/4 inch. Photo: Univ. of Florida Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Onions. May be classed by type as flat (Bermuda), round, top shape (Grano or Granex) and torpedo, with further breakdowns by color (red, yellow, white). Select large, smooth, clean bulbs. The neck should be dry and trimmed to 1/2 to 1 inch. Brush clean and remove extremely loose outer dry skins. Leave on dry skin that is clean and fairly tight to the bulb. Don’t peel onions beyond dry, mature skins. Roots should be clean and left on the bulb, although they may be trimmed back to no less than 1/2 inch for a neater display. Never cut them off entirely. Parsnips. Select medium-sized, smooth, straight roots, free of side roots. Roots may be washed and dried. Trim tops to 1 to 2 inches. Peas (southern, blackeye, crowder). These are actually beans and should be displayed as described in the section on dried beans. Peppers (hot). Select for uniform color, shape and size. Leave about 1/2 inch of stem. A class of dried hot peppers is sometimes included. Peppers (sweet). Colors (green, red, yellow) should be displayed as separate classes. Green peppers should not be streaked with red. Select large, deeply colored, heavy fruits. Cut stem squarely 1/2 to 1 inch long. Select for uniform number of lobes. Wipe clean if necessary. Potatoes. White, red, russet. Select carefully for uniform shape and size. Don’t display any tubers with greening in the skins. Wash gently if necessary, but if they’re fairly clean, brush with a soft brush for best results. Skin should be mature and not flake up easily when rubbed or handled. Potatoes should not appear scrubbed. Squash (Summer) Squash (Winter) Sweet corn Sweet potatoes Radish Rhubarb Snap beans Spinach Cantaloupe or Muskmelon. Most melons will be of the netted type. These separate from their stems when ripe and should be shown without stem attached. Crenshaw melons should be represented in a separate class and shown with about an inch of stem attached. Select well-formed, round fruits with slightly sunken stem scar. Netting should be well-defined with the rind showing a grayish or yellowish tinge. Clean with a soft brush rather than washing. Broccoli. Select heads that are fresh, firm, tender, tight and crisp. Color should be dark green with a bluish cast, with no yellow florets. The head should be at least 3 inches, with the stalk 6 to 8 inches long. Remove all leaves below the head. Cabbage. Heads should be firm, crisp and heavy for their size. Don’t trim excessively, but remove loose leaves, keeping the last two to three wrapper leaves that show the field color rather than the shaded undercolor. Cut the stem squarely at the base of the outermost leaf. Cabbage Cantaloupe or Muskmelon Carrots Cauliflower Endive English peas Garlic Kale Sweet corn. Select fully filled ears with kernels at “milky” stage. Top end may be opened neatly and carefully to check for maturity and earworms. Check for complete filling of ears by firmly grasping ears in several positions. Husk should feel tight over entire surface. It’s best to carve “window” in side of husk to expose several rows of kernels. Dry silks that are firmly attached need not be removed, or may be trimmed back to about 1 inch. Neatly cut off shank about 1 inch below cob. “Roasting ears” of field corn should not be entered in sweet corn class. Brush any dirt off ears, and sprinkle with water occasionally before exhibiting to preserve freshness. Cauliflower. Select heads that are firm, crisp, white and free of graininess and roughness. The head should be 5 or more inches in diameter. It should not be granular or ricy. Remove lower wrapper leaves. Lettuce. Select full, crisp plants with well-colored leaves typical of variety. Wash roots and exhibit one entire plant with roots in water. Lower, discolored leaves may be removed. Garlic. Select plump, well-colored bulbs with dry necks. Trim top to 1/2 to 1 inch and roots to 1/4 inch. Dry Beans. Unshelled dry beans are harvested, selected and displayed in the same way as fresh beans. They may not be washed, but trash will have to be removed by careful brushing. Eggplant. Select normal-sized fruit, well-colored without greening or bronzing. Color should be deep purple, nearly black. The calyx or “cap” should be bright green with about 1/2 inch of stem remaining. Don’t oil fruits to increase shine, but polish lightly with a soft cloth. Endive. Select full crisp, fresh plants. Wash roots and exhibit with roots in water. English Peas. Select large, plump, bright green pods well-filled with seeds at the eating stage. Don’t wash, and handle carefully to preserve the waxy “bloom” on the pods. Exhibiting in a fair or gardening club competition can teach you how to make a picture-perfect display of your garden vegetables. Whether you plan to exhibit or just make the best impression at your table, here are some tips on making your veggies look their best. Cucumbers. Cut from vine with about 1/4 inch of stem. Wipe gently to clean and remove spines. Wash only if necessary. Select smooth, straight, crisp, dark green fruit. Yellowing or softening indicate overripeness. Cucumbers should have at least two classes: picklers and slicers. Picklers should not be more than about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and 5 inches long. Slicers should not be more than 2-1/2 inches in diameter and generally range between 6 to 9 inches. Longer types are OK if characteristic of the variety. Kale. Select plants with bright stems and dark green, crisp leaves. Wash roots and exhibit whole plant with roots in water. Lower leaves may be removed if discolored. Kohlrabi. Select firm, tender stems 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter. If dirty, they should be washed and dried. Trim tops to allow only 1 to 2 inches remaining, and trim bottoms to 1/2 inch. Rhubarb. Rhubarb should have uniform color. Stalks should be about 1 inch or more across the flat face at the center of the stalk. Stalks should be straight, not curved or twisted. Tops should be neatly trimmed, leaving 1 to 2 inches of leaves and prongs. Remove basal husks. Bundle stalks for exhibit. Snap Beans. Green or yellow, pole or bush. Display whole with about 1/4 inch of stem, cleaned and free of trash or spent blossoms. Pods should be plump and fleshy with small seeds from 1/4 to 1/8 inch in diameter. Select pods the same degree of curvature and arrange with stems and curves facing the same way. Spinach. Select thick, crisp, deeply colored plants. Wash roots and remove any lower, discolored leaves. Exhibit with roots in water. Squash (Summer). Straightneck, crookneck, zucchini, etc. Harvest close to time of exhibit and hold in refrigeration. Summer squash should be young and tender. Brush gently to clean, or wash if necessary. Largest sizes are undesirable in this crop. Best eating-stage size is as follows: Crookneck, 4 to 5 inches long; Zucchini, 6 to 7 inches long; Scallop, 2 inches diameter. Trim stems to 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Carrots. Select straight roots typical of the variety, free from cracks, knots and greening of the shoulders. Cut tops squarely about 1 inch long. Remove stumps of dead leaves. Wash free of soil carefully, but don’t scrub. Pumpkin. Select only symmetrical round or oval fruits. Each pumpkin should stand upright and have a uniform color typical of the variety. Cut stems 2 to 3 inches long, depending on the size of the pumpkin. Wash or wipe clean, but don’t polish away the natural wax on the surface. Sweet potatoes. Select and clean as for Irish potatoes. Avoid breaking stems and “tail” roots back into the main flesh. Avoid crooked potatoes or those with corky patches. Well-shaped roots of medium size are better than extremely large roots of poor shape. Very slender roots also are not desirable. Swiss chard. Select crisp, well-colored leaves with bright, tender stems. Leaves and stems should be 8 to 10 inches long. Wash if necessary, and exhibit with stems in water. Tomatoes. Tomatoes should be shown in separate classes by color or form: red, pink, yellow, cherry, pear, etc. They should be full-colored and at peak maturity, but not overripe. Varieties without cracking or green shoulders are best. Show with stem end down and stem and calyx removed. Clean carefully — don’t wash unless you absolutely must. Don’t cover with film or other moisture-proof material. Size should be typical of variety. Blossom end scar should be minimal although the accepted size may vary with variety. Turnips. Select smooth, firm roots with good color and no side roots. Roots should be 2 to 4 inches in diameter, but uniform in size within display. Cut tops back to about 1 inch. You don’t have to cut back the tap root, but may remove as much of the very thin end as needed to make it look its best. Watermelon. Select large, well-shaped, symmetrical melons with good color typical of variety. Mature melons may have creamy or yellow bottom. Don’t plug melon for exhibit, although the judge may plug it if competition is close and there is some question about maturity. Overripe melons often look dull and are somewhat springy when pressed. Melons at best eating stage should look velvety. When cleaning melons, don’t remove waxy covering. Leave 1 to 1.5 inches of stem on melon. Asparagus. Select straight, dark green spears at least 1/2 inch diameter at the butt end. Trim to a uniform length of 7 to 8 inches. Display in water to prevent wilting. Beets. Roots should be well-colored, smooth, tender and well-shaped according to variety. Select roots 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Allow most of tap root to remain. Trim tops 1 to 1-1/2 inches. Peppers (sweet) Potatoes Pumpkin Pumpkin (Cushaw) Chinese cabbage Cucumbers Dry beans Eggplant Pumpkin (Cushaw). This plant is a member of a small, intermediate species of pumpkins and squash and is sometimes listed as a crookneck squash. It is distinctive enough to be shown separately and should not compete with other pumpkins. It should have hard skin and prominent white and green streaking. The curve of the neck on all fruit in a display should be similar. Radish. Select smooth, brightly colored or pure-white roots characteristic of variety. Wash and dry roots, and remove discolored leaves. Exhibit with leaves in a bunch or bunches. Onions Parsnips Peas (southern, blackeye, crowder) Peppers (hot) Asparagus Beets Broccoli Brussels sprouts Okra. Select fresh, green, fairly straight pods no longer than 4 inches with about 1/2 inch of stem attached. Clean by gently brushing, but do not wash pods.last_img read more

Tropical Winter Kayaking Options

first_imgUganda. Photo: Ben MarrWell, winter is swooping in at full stride. I pulled my drysuit out of the closet in the middle of November, and haven’t paddled without it since then. The past few weeks have been one big paddling party with the huge storm cells that have been rolling through the Southeast, but it’s definitely getting colder out there!As the mercury drops, and the non-diehards pack their gear away for the winter, there are still options.  If you have the desire and the funds to book a plane ticket and experience world-class whitewater in warmer climates, here are a few options that I can personally vouch for…White Nile, UgandaThis is an incredible river and truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The river is divided into two sections, with different lodging options for both. The day one section can be made as difficult as you could possibly want, with multiple channel options, and rapids with names like Bujagali Falls, Widowmaker, The Dead Dutchman, Silverback, and Itanda. Day two is a more mellow section of river that starts out with a bang at the two legendary put-in options, Kalagala Falls or Hypoxia. This section also ends at The Hairy Lemon island resort, which means that you can surf the incredible Nile Special wave as long as you could possibly want right next to your tent or cabin. Also check out the Murchison Falls National Park eight hours’ drive north of the White Nile to go on safari and round out your African experience.Lodging: Eden Rock Resort and The Hairy LemonSeason: All year long!  You are on the equator.Fly into: Entebbe. Talk to NRE or the Hairy Lemon owners for shuttleDon’t forget: Your malaria meds and sunscreen.Futaleufu, ChileThis was actually my first international kayaking trip at the age of 15, and I’ve been dying to go back ever since. This river is one of the most stunning places that you can find yourself as a kayaker. It is comprised of the crystal-clear runoff of the northern end of the Patagonia mountain range, and gives up everything from class II to V whitewater throughout its 50 miles or more of runnable whitewater sections. Class IV paddlers or higher… absolutely do not miss staying in “Cave Camp” next to the ferocious Zeta Rapid at the bottom of the Inferno Canyon section. Bring a playboat or river runner to experience the intricacies of this amazing place.Lodging: Get in touch with Expediciones Chile for food, lodging, and guidesSeason: December-FebruaryFly into: Puerto Montt, then take a ferry down to Chaiten for the inland journeyDon’t forget: Your drytop.  You are in the mountains and the weather can change quickly!New ZealandDo yourself a favor and put New Zealand near the top of your paddling bucket list. From the moment that you land in Auckland, you will have countless options available for playboating, river running, creeking, and ocean surfing. New Zealand is a great destination due to the fact that everyone speaks English, and if you are there for more than three weeks, you can pretty much break even on transportation by simply purchasing an old car, and then selling it at the end of the trip. Destinations to check out include the legendary Kaituna River in Rotorua, as well as the Taupo area, both of which are great class III-IV North Island destinations. The South Island is creekers’ paradise, and it’s best to head straight to the town of Hokitika on the West Coast. The Mahinapua Pub, and its’ adjoining campground are the epicenter for the most incredible class V helicopter kayaking trips in the world. Don’t miss the Arahura, Upper Perth, and the Styx and Upper Crooked hike-ins.Lodging: Mahinapua Campground in Hokitika, many options at KaitunaSeason: December-FebruaryFly into: Auckland (cheapest) or ChristchurchDon’t forget: Your game face… South Island rivers are beautiful but challenging.Honorable Mentions(Only because I haven’t been there)Costa RicaThis is definitely one of the best destinations for class II, III and IV paddlers who want to experience a unique culture and beautiful jungle rivers. Ladies, check out Anna Levesque’s Girls At Play week-long trips for an awesome instructional river experience with other women. Additional information on the area can be found on the Costa Rica Rios website.Pucon, ChileThis is the recent hot destination for class IV-V paddlers who want to run perfect waterfalls. The media that has come out of the Palguin, Nevados, and other rivers in the area is just incredible, and I cannot wait to check that place out. If you’re planning on going, Rodrigo Tuschner from Kayak Pucon can definitely help you out.I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and getting outside as much as possible!Good Lines.last_img read more

Hot Tubbing Hopping Black Bear

first_imgBlack bear caught soaking in Gatlinburg, TN hot tub A black bear cub in Gatlinburg, TN decided to take a little “me” time and lounge in a hot tub before getting back to more traditional bear duties. Hannah Strickland and her boyfriend had rented a cabin in Gatlinburg for the weekend and were surprised when they looked outside the rental window and saw three bear cubs wandering about. They were even more surprised when one of the cubs jumped into the hot tub for a quick soak. When the cubs left the area, Strickland’s boyfriend put the cover on the hot tub and the bears did not return. Wildlife officials remind the public to never feed or approach bears. If you are approached by a bear stand your ground, yell and try to scare the bear away by throwing sticks or rocks. Never run from a bear. If a black bear attacks, fight back and do not play dead.last_img read more

Nussle on #TogetherTuesday: CUs essential, ‘financial first responders’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle was the latest guest on the National Credit Union Foundation’s Together Tuesday video series this week. Launched last month as a dose of weekly inspiration, Nussle’s is the sixth episode so far.Nussle discusses that while credit unions are currently facing the most difficult times since they were created during the Great Depression, the ingenuity throughout the credit union movement shows that they are essential as financial first responders.He shared stories he’s heard during his interactions with Leagues and credit unions around the country as they deal with the pandemic of service toward members, communities and staff. continue reading »last_img

Assault gun ban would protect us

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a sportsman. Growing up, our primary forms of recreation were fishing and hunting. I have fond memories of days spent with my father hunting those erratic woodcock with a 20-gauge pump shotgun. To my thinking, that’s the epitome of shooting sports. I can imagine no sport that requires an assault rifle. There’s no room in the shooting sports for such a weapon.I agree with those who argue that it’s not guns that kill people, but people who kill people. However, people with assault weapons kill exponentially more people than people with ordinary firearms. We may not be able to eradicate all senseless mayhem, but we can reduce the carnage.I’m also sympathetic to those who vigorously argue for their Second Amendment rights. I have spent my entire professional career defending the constitutional rights of citizens. The framers of our Constitution intentionally gave us a document that protects us against government abuse as well as allows for change to meet circumstances that the framers couldn’t foresee.The pressing need of our day isn’t for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from their government by force of arms, but to protect each other, and especially our children, from madmen with weapons of mass slaughter. We must take steps to ban the general availability of assault weapons.Michael T. HoranSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

Australia COVID-19 hotspot reports lowest rise in cases in nearly two months

first_imgNeighbouring New Zealand on Thursday said it has allocated extra funding of “hundreds of millions of dollars” to help secure access to a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as one is available.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declined to specify the total amount that will be spent on procuring a vaccine, citing commercially sensitive reasons.Last week, Australia signed a deal with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to produce and distribute enough doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine that Canberra plans to roll out cost-free to its population of 25 million.New Zealand reported seven COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Australia’s Victoria state – epicenter of the nation’s second wave of COVID-19 infections – reported its lowest one-day rise in new cases in nearly two months, buoying hopes a lockdown of nearly 5 million people has contained spread of the virus.Victoria said it detected 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, the lowest one-day rise since July 5. The state reported 149 infections on Wednesday.Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the results mean officials are now plotting how to ease restrictions when the stringent lockdown of Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne is scheduled to end in September. Topics :center_img “Hopefully soon we’ll see those numbers in double digits and we can have … a really clear discussion about what the back end of September looks like,” Andrews told reporters.Strict lockdown measures have helped ease the daily rise of coronavirus infections in Victoria after the state hit a one-day high of more than 700 cases about three weeks ago.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported nine COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, all locally acquired, and Queensland said it detected two new infections.Australia has now recorded nearly 25,500 COVID-19 infections. The death toll has risen to 572 after the death of 23 people in Victoria.last_img read more

Dutch politicians threaten to legislate for pension board diversity

first_imgFive years ago, a special code for pension funds was established in which the sector agreed that boards would include at least one male and one female trustee as well as a trustee aged under 40.In the wake of the agreement, a manual for diversity was introduced. In addition, the PensionLab was established to help people in their twenties and thirties familiarise themselves with the sector.However, hardly any young trustees – and only slightly more female board members – have been appointed since then.Margot Scheltema, chair of the code’s monitoring committee, noted that some schemes didn’t see the urgency for change, according to FD, “although much research has highlighted the value of diversity for proper decision-making”.Two-thirds of pension funds still have not appointed any trustees aged under 40, the newspaper reported, and less than 7% of the 1,600 board members in total are under 40.In addition, almost 40% of pension funds lack a female board member.Gerard Riemen, director of trade body PensioenFederatie, acknowledged the need for diversity for improved decision-making and support among participants.However, he emphasised that pension funds had difficulties finding candidates and that any punishment for falling short of the desired diversity would come at the expense of the pension fund and its participants.Riemen suggested that the organisations of employers, workers and pensioners, which supply the board candidates, should improve their efforts.Semih Eski, chairman of the youth branch of union CNV, pension funds could also do more through offering work experience places. He highlighted the importance of support among young participants for a board if not all of its trustees were 50-plus.FD quoted Ellen te Paske-Lievestro, a young trainee on the board of the €47bn metal scheme PME, who said younger participants often looked differently at things such as short supply in the housing market and the increasing number of self-employed workers.Scheltema said she didn’t expect pension funds to meet Van Weyenberg’s deadline, as not enough board seats would become available. Instead, she suggested annually monitoring the number of board vacancies and establishing how often they are filled with a female or a younger trustee.“Within three years, we should see a significant improvement,” she said.See the original article from IPE’s sister magazine, Pensioen Pro, here (in Dutch). One of the partners in the Netherlands’ coalition government says it will legislate for diversity rules for pension fund boards next year if schemes fail to implement agreed changes voluntarily.The liberal democratic party, D66, led the calls but other parties are said to support the move. “For years, pension funds haven’t stuck to their promise to improve diversity among their trustees, and we have reached the limit now,” said D66 MP Steven van Weyenberg, quoted by Dutch financial newspaper FD.According to FD, opposition party GroenLinks also expressed dissatisfaction with pension boards’ diversity, while Social Affairs minister Wouter Koolmees – also a D66 MP – has promised parliament he would address the sector on the subject.last_img read more

Indians Swimmers Finish Strong at Rushville

first_imgThe Indian’s Swim Team had a good meet on Monday, with the boys bringing in a victory, and the girls taking a second place.Nathaniel Walter came in second for the 100 Backstroke and in fourth for the 50 Freestyle swim. Zach Seithel came in second for the 200 and 100 Freestyle swims. Brandon Summers came in first for the 200 and 500 Freestyle swims. Dillon Richardson received a =second for his efforts in the 200 IM and 100 Butterfly. Jarrod Nichols came in first in the 100 Breaststroke and the 200 IM. Alex Volz came in second in the 50 Freestyle and third in the 100 Freestyle. The boys two relays did well, both the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle came in first for the meet.The Lady Indians came in second for the meet, with Jessica Nichols coming in first for the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly. Marisa Combs came in fifth in the 50 and 100 Freestyle. Jordan Healy received second for her efforts in 200 IM and 500 Freestyle swim. Rebecca Schmidt came in second for the 100 Backstroke and fourth in the 200 Freestyle swim. Lastly, Tori Haessig came in second for the 100 Breaststroke and third in the 200 IM.Congratulations to both teams and keep up the hard work.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img read more

Chris Giesting

first_imgChris Giesting is working his way to the Olympic trials which will occur in approximately 6 weeks.  The Batesville and Notre Dame graduate has been part of 3 recent relay wins by a United States 1600m relay team.  Chris has been running the 3rd leg on these teams.  The last time I saw on Chris’ leg was in the low 45 second range.On most relay teams you run the athlete with the best starting ability in the first leg.  The strongest athlete usually runs the anchor leg.  The 3rd leg is usually the next runner in the 4-some, and your weakest leg is normally leg 2.  In the case of these pro teams, there is little or no difference in anyone except possibly the anchor leg.Chris’ best bet to make the Olympic squad is as a member of a United States relay team.  As any Olympic hopeful, he needs help in attaining this goal.last_img read more

Still time to request absentee ballot for Primary

first_imgVersailles, IN—In view of the current  COVID-19 restrictions, Ripley County Clerk Ginger J. Bradford would like to remind the voters of Ripley County that there is still time to request an absentee ballot for the June 2 Primary Election.  The deadline for requesting an application for early or absentee voting is Thursday, May 21.  To make your request, simply call the Election Office at 812-689-4783.On June 2, Primary Election Day, there will be in-person voting at your local polling locations.  There is still a need for individuals to fill precinct board positions throughout the county. You must be a registered voter.   PPE such as masks, gloves, disinfectant supplies will be furnished.  Anyone interested in more information should contact the Election Office or your party county chairman.Again, for an absentee ballot or to work on the precinct board on Election Day, please contact the Election Office at 812-689-4783.last_img read more