Local co-ops in Minnesota
We are new to the Iron Range. Also new to self reliance. My question is are there any good locally owned co-ops where we can get started on the range? Any tips or advice for the Virginia and Hibbing area would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to the North, Kaila! As far as I know, there is only one Co-op: Natural Harvest Food Co-op. Their address is: 505 N. 3rd St., Virginia, MN 55792. Phone number: (218) 741-4663. There are farmers’ markets in the towns of Hibbing, Virginia, and Cook also. — Jackie
Use for small dropped apples
I have a lot of small apples falling from my trees. Is there something I can do with these small apples? Are they too green for spiced apples like pickled crab apples? Thank you for this helpful web site and the articles in Backwoods home Magazine.
Charles P. Britton
Southwest City, Missouri
Sorry, Charles, but these drops are usually way too green to use. If you have pigs or chickens, they will appreciate you tossing them over the fence to them. I would remove the apples from your orchard as they are sometimes stung by apple pests and will increase any insect problem you have in your apples, over time. This is one reason we have our chickens fenced in our orchard. They clean them right up as they fall. — Jackie