Havilah Gardens provides year-round produce

Fresh fruits and produce are easy to come by in the summer months. With numerous farmers' markets in Champaign County — including one on Main Street in Mahomet on Fridays — folks who want to eat healthy don't have to go far.

But in the winter months, it's a different story.

Farmers' market returns to Mahomet with something for everyone

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its weekly Friday farmers' markets on May 25.

Putting Mahomet on the map: Moon Grove Farms set to open B&B, you-pick flowers

It didn't take Mike and Jen Quinlan long to see the potential benefits of Midwest living. The couple recently turned an 1881 farmhouse, along with four acres of land, into a bed-and-breakfast known as Moon Grove Farm in rural Mahomet on the Piatt County line.

M-S students showcase all things ag in community show

With a packed greenhouse and busy learning stations, Mahomet-Seymour High School agriculture teacher Jennifer Wherley considered Saturday's Ag Show a "great day all around."

M-S horticulture students host DIY fairy garden class

The Mahomet-Seymour High School horticulture class hosted its 11th annual DIY fairy garden class along with a plant sale on Tuesday at the high school.

Participants in the fairy garden class had to register ahead of time, and the pre-registration fee of $30 per garden covered the cost of materials.

Time is on their side: Farmers' spring planting unfazed by Mother Nature

Last week's fleeting moment of spring followed by Monday's light dusting of snow left just about every East Central Illinoisan bitter. But far more eager for warmer weather is the central Illinois farmer.

"This was our intended start day to plant corn," said Brian Anderson, a retired vice president of the former Peoples State Bank of Mansfield, now First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

Envisioning spring: Area garden centers prepare for seasonal planting

Spring has sprung, at least in the calendrical sense of the phrase. Unfazed by Mother Nature's final wintery blast last weekend, area garden centers marched on with their visions for spring. Inside the warm greenhouses, gardeners kept a watchful eye on their seedlings and plug plants, individual plants in the beginning stages of growth that will later be transplanted.

Combining their efforts

Seasonal workers aren't just valuable for retail stores during the holiday shopping blitz.

They are also imperative for farmers during the harvest season, which started in Champaign County several weeks ago.

For much of the year, farming can be a solo pursuit for a majority of the operators.

Mr. Fix-It tag no longer applies

For generations, farmers have also been known as the consummate handymen.

If there was an equipment breakdown, they'd fix it up and return to the fields as quickly as possible,

Modern technology has helped that image fade into oblivion.

Sangamon River checkup

A small group of volunteers gathered under the Hazen Bridge for a mussel survey last Saturday.

For nearly three hours, they combed the Sangamon River.

The Upper Sangamon River Conservancy (USRC) is a group that runs the mussel survey every year.

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