Fresh and Local – Raspberries!

Raspberry Feature!

On this week’s podcast learn about how to prune your raspberry plants, and what to look for when buying them at market from grower Terry Picha. Plus, it’s been hot this last week – What do your plants need? Will they survive? Master Gardener Larry Cipolla joins the show to tell all. Catch a great raspberry drink recipe from President of the North Star Bartenders Guild, Jesse Held. And, it was the first food donation pickup date for Second Harvest Heartland on Sunday. Tony Mans lets us know about the Fellowship of the Fresh program, the impact it has had on helping to prevent hunger in our region, and how you can get involved.

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Guests on the show this week:

Terry Picha, of Picha Farm in Eden Prairie, is an active Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association board member, and is an avid raspberry grower.

Tony Mans works with food manufacturers, growers, and distributors to increase donations of surplus foods to the Second Harvest Heartland food banks so SSH can distribute them to food shelves and other hunger relief organizations throughout Minnesota.

Larry Cipolla has been a master gardener since 2005. He has been on the Hennepin County Executive Committee; the State Advisory Board (Chair for two years); started the first revenue generating events for theHennepin County Master Gardener program—first plant sale and first learning garden tour; and served on other committees.He teaches classes to other master gardeners, and to the public, on a wide range of topics: basic and advanced vegetable gardening, container gardening, water gardening, Japanese Gardens, planting by artists, and backyard composting, among others. He has a Japanese Garden, vegetable and herb garden, butterfly garden, 10 water features, and about 40 containers that he uses to grow vegetables, herbs, and tropicals. Plus, he makes his own compost!

Jesse Held  is a founding member and current President of the North Star Bartenders Guild. A long time bartender, he is devoted to the art and craft of the cocktail.  Inspired by the culinary movement behind the bar in some restaurants and the craft of being a professional barman, Jesse was a major contributor to the bartending recipe book ‘North Star Cocktails’.   Currently he calls Eat Street Social home, where you’ll find him behind the bar spinning cocktails and telling stories of ‘the good ole days’. He and his wife, Emma, have 2 daughters (Lucy and Stella) from whom he gets his favorite and most important title, “Daddy”.

The Fresh & Local Podcast is proudly sponsored by Country Financial

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