The 2021 Fremont Harvest Festival and Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce wants your best loved recipe for the 15th Annual Pumpkin & Apple Dessert Recipe Contest!! Make your families favorite fall recipe and entry in this community event.
Bring your dessert to Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion, downtown Fremont, between 11:00 am and 12 noon on Saturday, September 25th along with your completed entry form and recipe. All entries need to be in disposable containers.
Judging will begin promptly at 12:30 pm with a public tasting from 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Winners will be announced that day at approximately 1:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Park Pavilion.
Entry forms for the dessert recipe contest are available at the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce office, 7 E. Main Street, downtown Fremont, (231) 924-0770 or visit our Facebook page at Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce.
Photo and article by Donna Iverson
Recently I checked out a newly-published book from the public library entitled “The Ecological Gardener,” written by British author Matt Rees-Warren. In it, he places “ecological concerns above all else,” when it comes to gardens while not sacrificing the importance of aesthetics.
His vision includes growing native plants and choosing plants that fit the ecology of the place, whether it is beach sand, wetlands, or meadow land. Rees-Warren prioritizes trees, bushes and plants that benefit local wildlife, including pollinators like native bees and butterflies.
As I am already thinking about next year's planting, I have decided to take this ecological imperative to heart when planning next years garden.
So when I spotted bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) in my neighborhood, I checked out its ecological credentials. And it passed. It is both a native plant and suited to the sandy soil in my local community garden. Pollinators, especially native bees, find it irresistible. And it is drought tolerant and likes full sun. And it is easily grown from seeds which are readily available from garden centers and seed catalogs.
Bee balm would fit well into any native garden, pollinator garden, herb garden, cottage garden, or butterfly garden. It attracts hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. And it is avoided by deer and rabbits. It is both fragrant, noninvasive and displays attractive lavender blue blossoms from late summer into fall.
Herbalists use it to make tea from the leaves and its flowers are also edible. The tea soothes the symptoms of colds and seasonal flu. It can also be found in the wild where it has naturalized. Foragers find it in waste places in the company of Black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s Lace and goldenrod.
Historically, Native Americans also used it to make Oswego tea. And colonists switched to Bee balm herbal tea after dumping traditional black and green tea into the sea during the 1773 Boston Tea Party.
Other uses include herbal sleep pillows, linen closet sachets, and potpourris. It can be used fresh or dried. If you are already growing bee balm, cut it down to two inches above the soil come frost.
When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Review by FADL Staff--Amy Martin
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my tried-and-true authors to read. I always know I'm in for a good story when I read her novels. This book is about a football player and an opera singer doing a sponsor tour for an expensive watch. He thinks of her as a diva, and she thinks badly of him because of something a friend told her wrongly happened with him years ago. The Diva is being stalked by someone out for revenge for the suicide of her ex-fiance and his protective tendencies kick in when he sees how scared she is. They are complete opposites, so of course this path to true love doesn't go smoothly, and the reveal of her stalker takes a couple unexpected twists and turns throughout the story.
This book is available to be put on hold in a variety of formats here: https://fremont.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S147C4217668