17 Jan
2021

Safe, Sweet Strawberries

first_img“You can best wash strawberries by placing them in a colander and spraying them withwater,” Harrison said. “The crop usually begins coming in in mid-March and lasts until early June,” Krewersaid. “We’re a little early this year due to the warm weather.” The weather has also made this a banner year for Georgia strawberries. “It comes at a very bad time for us,” Krewer said, “because it gives the wrongimpression. But we have a very good crop this year. And the combination of clean,drinking-quality water used for irrigation, strictly using dry commercial fertilizer andthe plastic shield between the berries and the soil make it an outstanding, clean crop.” No matter where you live in the state, you should be able to find a fresh supply ofGeorgia-grown strawberries. “The Georgia strawberry crop is one of the most sanitary crops I know of,” said GerardKrewer, a University of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist in Tifton. “It’sdrip-irrigated with drinking-quality water, and a layer of plastic separates the berriesfrom the soil, eliminating the risk of soil-borne illness.” “The fertilizer used on strawberries is commercial dry fertilizer, not manure,” saidButch Ferree, an extension horticulturist in Fort Valley. “The first round of fertilizer isusually plowed into the soil in the fall, and more is added to the irrigation system in thespring. Soil low in organic matter produces the best strawberries, so it’s properlytreated before the berries are even planted.” The soil and fertilizer used on the crop also make it safer. “Our crop is scattered all over the state,” Krewer said. “We don’t have exact acreagefigures on the crop, but we do know they are very productive, yielding about 15,000 to20,000 pounds per acre.” “We had some problems around Savannah because the warm weather betweenChristmas and New Year’s forced some of the plants to bloom early,” Ferree said.”But this dry weather has brought us superb quality.”center_img They’re a tasty crop, too, Ferree said. “The variety usually seen in grocery stores is Chandler, and it was practically made forthe Georgia climate,” he said. “If you pick your own, they are more mature and evenfresher.” Take advantage of this limited-time offering of fresh Georgia-grown strawberries.Don’t let the recent scare scare you off. Georgia’s strawberry crop is in. Don’t let the recent food scare keep you from pickingand eating these scrumptious specimens. The prime picking time for Georgia strawberries is now. “Whether it’s industry, pick-your-own or the family garden, poor sanitation can causeproblems,” said Judy Harrison, an extension food safety specialist. “Using clean handsand clean, properly stored containers for the product are important, regardless of thecrop or who is picking it.” Harrison says to remove any badly bruised or moldy strawberries. Place the rest in asingle layer in a clean container covered with wax paper in the refrigerator. Cap andwash thoroughly with drinking water just before using. Despite these precautions, animals passing through a field, or mishandled berries, couldstill cause a health problem. Sanitation care in the kitchen, and at every step in foodhandling, is required.last_img read more

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17 Dec
2020

The best credit union in the country pays 7 times the average interest rate

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More than 121 million Americans belong to a credit union, and if you’re not in that group, it’s worth asking yourself how come.Membership at these nonprofit financial institutions has been steadily climbing over the past several years, according to data from the Credit Union National Association, thanks to a combination of superior interest rates and minimal fees as compared to the country’s biggest banks.Because credit unions typically restrict membership to a specific geographic area, employer, or community, MONEY focused on credit unions that allow members to join from anywhere in the country, usually through a donation to a specific charitable organization, when picking the winner for our 2019 best credit union rankings.MONEY also weighed whether credit unions offered free checking and savings accounts, competitive ATM fees and interest rates, and robust online and mobile banking tools, using account data provided by our partner MagnifyMoney.com. continue reading »last_img read more

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6 Oct
2020

Entertain family and friends right here in this superb location

first_imgOne of the large bathrooms at 82 McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park.Making the most of a rear northern aspect and privacy of the grounds, the kitchen, lounge and dining areas flow out through floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, on to flawless alfresco entertaining areas. Enjoy the open-plan design at 82 McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park.Mr Sung said the home was great for entertaining friends and family.“From the kitchen, there’s a clear view of the outside area,” he said.“It’s perfect for parents wanting to keep an eye on children.”Located within the catchment of the highly-regarded Seven Hills State School, the property is an easy walk to St Thomas’ Primary, transport, local cafes, shops and the popular Perth Street Park. You could certainly cook up a storm here at 82 McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park.Mr Sung said the two-level property at 82 McIlwraith Ave, had four bedrooms, each serviced by their own bathroom.One of the bathrooms is a shared ensuite.He said there was an easy option of a fifth bedroom.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 Invite your mates around and enjoy the space at 82 McIlwraith Ave, Norman Park.Surrounded by established greenery, the shaded terrace with integrated barbecue sits beside the grassed yard and saltwater pool with stone water feature.A separate theatre or children’s playroom and private home office are also on the ground level.Mr Sung says the property is in one of the area’s top end streets.“It’s on the crest of the street and there is a very nice outlook at the front,” he said. 82 Mcilwraith Ave, Norman Park.A new build at Norman Park has hit the market and is designed for growing families.Builder Richard Sung, who is selling the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property, said it was “probably one of the best homes” he has built.“It really is a great family house,” said Mr Sung, who lives in the area.“This home would be perfect for a family with young kids or even teenage children – there’s lots of separate living areas.”last_img read more

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