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May 2019 Issue

Kidney Beans provide natural fertilizers that enrich soil, leave behind nitrogen and use less water


By Tessa Rose, Chippewa Valley Bean It’s been 50 years since the first crop of dark red kidney beans was grown in Dunn County, Wisconsin. Russell Doane, 87 years old, still tells the story of his quest to find a crop that would set him…

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Interview with Bryan H. Sheller

Bryan Sheller

By Joe Kertzman, managing editor A fear of running out of muck land in Michigan brought Bryan H. Sheller’s grandfather, Herb Sheller, to Montello, Wisconsin, where he began to farm in the 1950s. Herb bought swampland and cleared it for what is now Crystal Farm,…

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Perfectly Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Column and Photos by Ali Carter Roasted potatoes can often be found as the feature side dish at our dinner table, and for good reason; they fit perfectly with nearly every meal, they are simple to prepare, and roasted potatoes are super tasty. Today we’re…

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