Monthly Archives: July 2011

Eat Local Farm Tour

A full day of touring 11 farms in the Twin Cities area. Taking a tour to experience and learn the food-farm connection. Seeing where our food comes from while understanding why these places do what they do and have been doing for years.

I ventured to Big River Farm/ Minnesota Food Association, a nonprofit organization located in Marine on St. Croix, MN. They are dedicated to growing farmers and growing food. Their program operates an immigrant/minority farmer training program together with community supported agriculture and wholesale distribution services. They teach the people how to farm to maintain what they are farming successfully. The program usually takes 3 years to get to where they are knowledgeable enough to make a living off of the farming. With that they learn marketing skills, customer relationships, and well grown fresh organic produce. 

It was peaceful, quiet, and hot. A perfect home for vegetables to grow and for me to use my senses. My nose picked up the smell of dill right away, my mouth pooled with saliva as I starred at the red juicy strawberries, my eyes saw a green pasture of vegetables and the cutest little eggplant growing, and finally my ears could hear nothing but the sound of the wind blowing along through nature….

Drying garlic, it smelled so good

Cherry tomatoes

Vegetable gardens

Harvesting room


Gold Nugget Mandarine…

Another very tasty fruit with no seeds and easy to peel. What I liked about the Gold Nugget Mandarine was that is wasn’t sticky or messy even though they were very juicy.  They are sweet & tart at the same time. Awesome snack on a hot steamy day. 

Beyond the trail…

Definition of Success…

I was pondering the question of “What is the definition of success to me?” the other day while paging through my How to start your own Business book. Being that I was reading about how to start your own business, the thought of  money, wealth, etc. came right to mind for me, but quickly changed to something else, something that I value far more than money. It was doing something that I love and being exactly who I am at this moment.  Working towards establishing Dream Bird into a business of mine where I can inspire others and they can inspire me. 

“To me, success it trust. Trusting myself as a women, daughter, friend, mother, etc. Being the best I can be as a person each day. Turning my dreams, passions, and things that make me happy into reality. Striving for that living in the moment feeling and being happy with what I have and who I have in my life. It’s looking back on my favorite picture of me as child and never letting go of who she is. ”   

I thought it would be fun to ask others the same question and see what they had to say. I was interested to  hear people’s thoughts so asking both men & women, here’s what they had to say. 

“My definition of sucess is finding your passion in life and following it.”

“Being happy with what you have…getting up in the morning and being happy to start your day, and going to bed glad with how your day went. Having enough.”

“Success for me is doing something you are passionate, all while making a difference in the lives of others.  Being happy and wanting to make others happy.”


“To me success is Satisfaction and the ability to overcome obstacles. Today success is surviving the heat.  Tomorrow, I’m not sure yet. Success in life is being happy, healthy and finding the balance between love, family and work.”

“Being fulfilled in what I am doing, who I am and who I am becoming, and having healthy, growing relationships with family and friends.”

“At first I think of success and money comes to mind.  However, I look at success as I am healthy, good family, dog, job, some money, vehicle, home-basically all the necessities that one needs to have a successful life.  I have great friends and have est and keep est a big freindship base around minnesota and wisconsin traveling to waterfights and have developed some close friendships with people.  I honestly don’t need anything else in life other than maybe a gf/wife, but you don’t need that to be successful-it couldn’t hurt though.  I think alot of people are materialistic now days and don’t look at what matters most. People look at wants and money so much that they forget about what matters.  I feel very blessed and thankful that I have all of the things I mentioned above, therefore I feel that I am  successful.”

Success to me is the feeling I get when I wake up in the morning and know that I am where I am supposed to be. It’s looking at my husband and kids and knowing that without them, I am incomplete. It’s trying to do everything I can to help my kids succeed in life. It’s knowing that without friends like you, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Thank you for being one of the very few people I can count on. You’re truly a gift. 

Thanks everyone for contributing, it’s been wonderful hearing what each one of you has to say.  I’d love to hear more answers, so if you feel like sharing please add to the list. 🙂

tasty flavor for the day…

Chilkoot Cafe and Cyclery, located in Stillwater Minnesota

  The service was friendly and the atmosphere was cool and pleasant. This place definitely left a good taste in my mouth. Everything on the menu looked delicious. I had the House Ruben (corned beef, kraut, muenster, russian dressing, sourdough bread) with pickled vegetables and Tabbouli salad (quiona,mint, grapes, parsley, lemon, cucumber,lettuce). And of course Maine Root Rootbeer, one of my favorite Rootbeer’s out there. I first discovered it in Maine on my honeymoon and was lucky enough to find it here in Minnesota later after! The best part of the meal was that it was made from all local ingredients. This is what made it fresh, tasty, and memorable. Next time I’ll check out breakfast and go for that huge, frosty muffin in the case!