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Pickle People
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Ryan Baker, 28 and Katie Perrish, 27 sell their pickled products at the Murdale Farmers Market (West Side) in Carbondale, IL. Everything they sell is pickled. “My dad started to pickle things like asparagus and raspberries, and brought them to people, and they loved them. So, he started to increase the amount of food being pickled, and long story short that’s how we got...

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Sweitzer Farms: Growing on the Bright Side
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Karl Sweitzer III holds cherry peppers and habanero peppers freshly picked from the crops surrounding him. At his farm in Cobden, Illinois Sweitzer grows a cast array of different kinds of peppers all in different degrees in hotness. Habaneros, imn particular are rated amount the hottest peppers in the world which makes harvesting  them quite difficult. Fortunatly, Sweitzer claims the peppers, ” don’t really...

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Mileur Orchards: A Ripe Occasion
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Photos and Story by: Keturah Tanner   Whether it’s a road-side stand, a table at the Farmers Market, or a brand new building, you can find some of the best fruit right here in Southern Illinois. Find out more about how this family found out the true meaning of “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Howard Mileur’s mother and father planted Mileur Orchard...

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Southernwood Farms
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Eric and Anne Stalhuber from Alto Pass, IL have been bringing organic vegetables to the Carbondale Farmers Market since 1977. Who: Southernwood Farms What: Organic Vegetables When: Saturday mornings Where: West Farmer’s Market...

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SIUC Logic Program – Sustainable Farming
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The Local Organic Gardening Initiative of Carbondale, LOGIC, has been a part of Southern Illinois University for 5 years and has offered fresh produce and a growing environment.  LOGIC’s goal is to produce food to be sold at the Carbondale farmers’ markets as well as SIU dining halls. Any food not sold is returned to the LOGIC farm to be composted. LOGIC attends the Carbondale farmers’...

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