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Keeping Oats Gluten Free

While oats don’t contain gluten, they are traditionally grown and processed in close proximity to wheat and other gluten containing grains. Producing GF oats takes extra care to minimize cross-contact with gluten containing grains every step of the way…from farm …

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Oats are Oats…Right??

Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about oats. After all, for much of our lives, the question each morning, “too lumpy?” or, “too runny?” Rarely did mom serve porridge that was “just right!”

So what’s up with all …

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The Sweet Corn is Coming!

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An invasion is happening across the land and, while it is an urban phenomenon, it doesn’t involve a goliath lizard destroying entire city centers. This incursion is that annual rite of summer…the Farmer’s market.

In Minneapolis, where winter is usually …

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Releasing Your Inner Oatmeal Artist

We’ve penned many phrases about the healthfulness of oats: “Natures perfect food”…“Helps reduce cholesterol”…“Great source of fiber”…etc., etc.. What we don’t talk about is the versatility of the wonderful oat. So, here goes…

One of oats best features is it …

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For Mother’s Day – Call Your Mom and Tell Her She Was Right

It seems like we can never have enough energy. Not fossil fuel or wind power, but rather good, old-fashioned get-up-and-go! And while everyone speculates why we don’t have enough energy, it’s harder to pin down what to do about it. …

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A public service announcement for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming. You can tell by all the commercials peddling ways to save the environment, buy a car, plant a tree and save box tops to protect the rain forest. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, what isn’t endless …

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Are convenience foods really convenient?

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Convenience is defined as being able to proceed with something with little effort or difficulty. I thought about this as I walked the floor at the recent Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, where amidst to latest innovations in snacking …

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CH…CH…CH…Chia!

Our society is in a constant state of fascination with any grain or seed that promises to provide an extra gram of protein or few milligrams of omega-3.  Pomegranates, Quinoa, and Flax have all had their moments in the spotlight, …

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Sign(s) of the Times

I couldn’t help but do a double take upon seeing this shared entryway at a local strip mall.  I know as a society we’re a little dysfunctional when it comes to food, but REALLY!

In some ways, the doors mimic …

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Do We Really Need Another Seal?

Lately there has been a lot of talk about creating new labels to help consumers understand what’s in their food.  Much of this attention is focused on genetically modified organisms or GMOs.  Unfortunately, GMOs are ubiquitous in industrial agriculture, especially …

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