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Enjoying apfelstreuselkuchen 
in a café in Berlin.

In search of apples — anything with apples

This fruit brings back fond memories of growing up on the farm

In Berlin, I left the hotel early one morning in search of coffee and apples. Anything with apples. Wandering the neighbourhood, I found a sunny little bakery on a leafy street near the Brandenburg Gate. It had a tiny sidewalk patio with four tables and a plethora of potted plants. Best of all, a sign […] Read More

men on horses

Changing perceptions of modern-day war veterans

Horseback riding across Canada to reach people one kilometre at a time

Paul Nichols is out to change how people view modern-day veterans one kilometre at a time. His cross-Canada horseback ride started in Victoria, B.C. on April 13 and he hopes that by the time he reaches Canada’s East Coast in November, the word veteran will have a new meaning. “People in Canada love and support […] Read More

This is a colourful view of Jennie Van Straalen’s enormous mass-planted impatiens floral bed containing over 500 plants.

Singing Gardener: Ted talks about tomatoes

Plus, Butcher’s Broom, witch’s broom, and big-batch bran muffins

Welcome to the Grainews Singing Gardener˜. Seems the subject of tomatoes is never far away, so I’ll be doing some Ted Talk in that connection. We’ve all heard of Flin Flon, Manitoba, border city to immediately adjacent Creighton, Saskatchewan. I, Ted, wrote a song called “Flin Flon’s Rock Garden” and the late Irvin Freese wrote and recorded “The […] Read More


Eating shashlik in Ukraine

Imagine if you had to solve a word puzzle before you could eat. But the puzzle is in a different language and a strange alphabet. That was the challenge of ordering dinner in Izmail, Ukraine, a small historic city on the Danube River near the border of Moldova. My husband and I had just arrived […] Read More

Gord Rumpel butchers a side of beef at his abattoir near Craven, Sask.

Are meat cutters becoming a dying breed?

Butcher and owner of Rumpel Farms Abattoir thinks they are

He’s a dying breed. When Gord Rumpel surveys the Saskatchewan landscape for fellow meat cutters he is almost always the youngest. At age 40, Rumpel said it is rare to find anyone his age in the butchering business and even rarer to find those who own an abattoir. Rumpel and his six older siblings grew […] Read More

Who am I as father, founder and farmer?

You need to be intentional about being rich in relationships

As an outsider looking in to the many farm families that I am honoured to share time with, it always saddens me to see folks who cannot seem to grasp happiness beyond what they do as farmers, especially when it is time to let go of control of decision-making and let the next generation be […] Read More

Farmer sitting in tractor wheel with wheat in hands

Depression, and dealing with changing roles on the farm

May your new work 
excite your heart, Kindle in your mind 
a creativity To journey beyond 
the old limits Of all that has become wearisome. May this work challenge 
you toward New frontiers that will emerge As you begin to approach them, Calling forth from 
you the full force And depth of your 
undiscovered gifts. […] Read More

humurous inspirational sign

Get ready for the garden pests

Here’s some tips and spray recipes to help you fight back

Is this true or false? If you grow spuds and have pairs of barn swallows visiting or nesting in your yard, they can eat a thousand potato beetles in a few hours. I, Ted, am curious whether any Grainews reader has had such an experience. Feedback, (if any) is welcome in this connection. Anyone who […] Read More

Greek salad and meatballs

Making a pilgrimage in Greece

Prairie Palate: Wheat was more than a food here but a symbol of life itself

For more than 2,000 years ancient Greeks made a pilgrimage to the temple of Demeter, the goddess of farming. A few weeks ago, I did, too. Today, the temple is in ruins, but it is possible to walk the stone streets, run your hand over ancient walls and contemplate the importance of farming in Greek […] Read More

Rhubarb Pudding

It grows like a weed, but rhubarb makes for a great-tasting pudding

Prairie Palate: After a long winter we're always eager to see signs of spring

You may call them weeds, but to the pioneers, dandelions were dinner. After a long winter of root vegetables — progressively shrivelling and even running out — dandelions and other “weeds” were the first greens of spring. Mother Nature’s salad bar. Tender young dandelion leaves were collected by the pailful, as were lamb’s quarters, sorrel […] Read More