Emma Vatnsdal is a Features writer, focused on telling stories about people, places and all the interesting things that come along with it. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team in 2018. She grew up in the far north town of Roseau, Minn. and has a thick Minnesotan-Canadian accent. Follow her on Twitter @emmajeaniewenie.
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AMENIA, N.D. — On a little farm northwest of Fargo, row upon row of bushes sit. Each of these bushes contains between 15 and 20 pounds of little berries that boast the highest antioxidant content of any berry available to consumers today. But what is it about these little, tart, black berries that would make a family of growers so excited to plant more than 33,000 bushes of them and share their power with the community by inviting them to the farm? The secret lies in the juice. Aronia berries
HAVANA, N.D. — Welcoming people from all walks of life and introducing them (or furthering their knowledge of) family farms can be a fantastic notion — especially in learning how food gets to the table and where it comes from. Nowadays, restaurants in cities across the country are embracing the "farm to table" lifestyle more frequently, while new practices are being established to ensure soil health and conservationism.
FARGO — It happens every year: The warm days of summer and fall end and a crispness makes its way into the air. Winter is here. At the local grocery store, you might spot a familiar yellow book with big red letters, "Winter weather forecast," sparking your curiosity. Legend has it in 1815, The Old Farmer’s Almanac's founding editor, Robert B. Thomas, was interrupted by a boy wondering what to include for the weather forecast for July 1816. A distracted Thomas answered, and the entry for July 1816 was supposedly “rain, sleet and snow.”
FARGO — For Ethan and Breezee Hennings, opening a cidery in North Dakota was something they had hoped to do since moving back to the area in 2011. Their dream became a reality with the December 2017 opening of Wild Terra, 6 12th St. N. — making the Hennings' business the second cidery in North Dakota. Cottonwood Cider House opened near Ayr, N.D., in August 2017.