In the Ask-the-Expert Tent on the southwest side of the festival grounds.
10:30 “Maple Syruping, It’s so Sweet!” Rod Greder, U of M Extension
If you have a maple tree, you can tap it and enjoy the sweetness. It takes some minor equipment and patience, and Mother Nature runs the show – but it can be fun to make your own. Come learn how to select trees, tap them, collect and boil sap, test for finished syrup, and filter and bottle it.
Rod Greder, in addition to working for UM Extension, also owns and operates Pinederosa Produce in Pine County, The Pinederosa produces grass-fed beef and lamb and pastured pork and poultry and some treasured maple syrup.
12:00 “Growing Hops in Minnesota, is it for you?” Charlie Rohwer, U of M
U of M’s Hop Guru will talk about growing hops. Charlie has horticulture and biochemistry degrees and is a long-time homebrewer and beer judge. He’ll talk about pests and disease, flowering and growth management and harvesting and drying hops. Hops are a perennial bine, and the female inflorescence is used to add bitterness and aroma to beer. Midwest craft breweries are interested in using locally grown raw products, and hops provide a potential profitable source of diversification to farmers, and a fascinating addition for the home gardener and beer maker.
2:30 “How Herbs Can Heal” Connie Karstens, Sustainable Farming Association Herb Specialist
Combining whole foods nutrition, herbs, stress management techniques, and other natural remedies can help support and build overall health and re-balance the body. Connie Karstens, MS, Herbalist and Health Educator, uses updated research and knowledge with the traditional wisdom of herbs and nutrition to help restore, develop and maintain optimal health and well being. Connie is a 3rd generation natural healer, and holds a degree in Biology, a Masters of Science in Nutrition Education, and has taught college nutrition for 14 years before opening her own wellness center in 2005.
A program of SFA’s Herb Project, supported by a MN Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops grant.
Also visit “Game of Herbs” in the Vendor Building.
3:45 “Photographing Food and More” Mette Nielsen
Facebook is packed with poorly done pictures of food. Mette Nielson will discuss how to take better food photos with your smartphone. Mette’s work
has been featured in cookbooks and beyond for more than 30 years. Her words of wisdom apply to other cameras and nonfood photos as well. She will also be conducting a Chef Demo earlier in the day, and you can get autographed copies of her latest book, “Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen“, co-authored by Beth Dooley, here at the Ask-the-Expert tent. Her sense of design, color and composition, paired with herlove and enthusiasm for creating consistently beautiful images, has made her the first choice of many national and local ad agencies, magazines, design firms, and book publishers.
5:00 “Garlic Growers Round Table” The Upper Midwest Garlic Growers Group
Emceed by Dr. Carl Rosen, U of M Soil Scientist, this discussion will include the festival garlic growers and is open gardeners, market growers and folks who are fascinated with the culture of garlic.