What Should the Kansas State Fruit be?

What Should the Kansas State Fruit be?

Kansas is well-known for a number of representative symbols, but we have no state fruit. Other states have a state fruit, but not us. Why is that? Well, for one thing, state symbols are not pressing business within the branches of our government. Just like the Kansas state insect, the honeybee, it is up to […]

Read More…

Pears with Purpose

Pears with Purpose

My daughter LOVES juicy, ripe pears. As soon as we get some from the store she devours them. But when I tell her our pears in the orchard are loaded with fruit this year, she wants to go an d eat them right now, not waiting until fall when then ripen. I too have good […]

Read More…

Planting Apple Trees

Planting Apple Trees

There is no experience quite like biting into a crisp, juicy, flavorful apple grown right in your own backyard! When I was a 5 years old, my parents set out 30 young apple trees in a plot behind our chicken coops. I watched those trees grow up, picked apples, pressed cider, and eventually helped to […]

Read More…

Welcome to Autumn

Welcome to Autumn

This is most people’s favorite time of year. Seeing the leaves change color, picking pumpkins and apples, and scaring their friends on Halloween. While it may not be my favorite, I still love autumn for many reasons.   Autumn decorating is my favorite thing to do this time of year. I get really creative using […]

Read More…

Growing Grapes in Your Backyard

Growing Grapes in Your Backyard

I have long been fascinated by the beauty and production of a grapevine. Tendrils clinging to each other, supports, wires, and even trees assure that the vines will reach new heights to find sunlight and air circulation. My grandparents kept the old fashioned but wonderful ‘Concord’ growing on two rows of vines in their garden. […]

Read More…