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Turn Your Balcony into an Edible Garden PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 07 June 2013 14:10
Tips for Growing Farm-fresh Herbs & Veggies in the City

Improvements in container gardening equipment and techniques have cleared the way for even the most “brown thumb” city dwellers, and anyone without a yard, to grow their own groceries.

“There’s nothing to stop anyone who wants a garden from having one,” says Roy Joulus, CEO of Greenbo, www.greenbo.co, a company that designs award-winning innovative products for urban gardening including the new Greenbo XL flowerbox.

“Plants add a great deal to our quality of life – from cleaning the air we breathe to keeping us in touch with nature. Fresh, home-grown herbs and vegetables not only taste so much better than supermarket produce, they’re convenient, and you know exactly where they came from and what was used, or not used, on them.”

While hydroponic and vertical gardening systems have been developed to maximize the yield in small spaces, Joulus says starting a balcony garden needn’t cost much. Start with the right materials and choose plants that are right for your conditions, and you’ll soon be eating from the pots on your porch.

He offers these tips especially for balcony gardeners:

Plant the right plants for the amount of sunlight you have:

Most herbs and vegetables require six to eight hours of direct sunlight a day. So what do you do if you have just one balcony and it doesn’t get that much sun?

• Choose edibles that can take partial sun/shade (three to six hours of sun in the morning or early afternoon) or light shade (two to three hours of direct sun or lightly shaded all day.)

Some partial shade herbs: cilantro and parsley (both prefer cooler weather); dill, bee balm, spearmint chamomile.
Some light shade herbs: garlic chives, peppermint, rosemary.
Some partial or light shade veggies: lettuce, broccoli, green onion, collards, cabbage, peas, carrots, strawberries, beans, sweet potatoes.

• Remember, pale-colored surfaces increase the light your plants receive. Plants in regions with short growing seasons usually need the full six to eight hours of light per day.

Choose the right pots:

• Bigger pots require less water and are less likely to blow over on high-rise balconies where the winds can be fierce. Terra cotta allows moisture to escape fairly quickly, which is helpful for people who like to water a lot. Non-porous plastic or glazed pots hold water longer and are better for windy balconies, where soil dries out quickly. Use brightly colored containers to add style and visual interest to your garden.

• Most vegetable plants require even watering – don’t let them dry out completely and don’t keep them soggy. Apply water directly to the soil.

• Make sure your containers have drainage holes or a drainage system. If they have an attached tray to catch excess water, don’t allow the plants’ roots to sit in the water, which promotes rot and fungus. Either empty the tray regularly, or use a design that holds the water away from the roots.

Use the right dirt:

• It’s important to use dirt that allows for good drainage. Most edible plants don’t like to sit in wet dirt, and soil without good drainage tends to become compacted – a difficult medium for plants that like to stretch their roots out. You can buy a sterile soilless potting mix, a soil-based potting mix, or mix up your own batch using 1 part compost, 1 part perlite and 1 part potting soil.

• Don’t use garden soil or top soil, which won’t allow adequate drainage.

• On windy balconies, top-dress your container with small rocks to keep the soil from drying out so quickly.

Joulus offers one more tip for high-rise dwellers: Rely on self-pollinating plants, or plants that don’t need pollination by insects, unless you’re willing to hand-pollinate.

“You likely won’t see many bees buzzing around the 40th story,” he says.

Don’t worry about pollination for root vegetables, like carrots and potatoes. Some self-pollinators include beans, peas, tomatoes and peppers.

About Roy Joulus

Roy Joulus is CEO of Greenbo, which was founded in 2012 in Florida with a focus on simplicity, efficiency and innovation in creating urban agricultural products. Its Greenbo XL flowerbox, designed to hang securely on any balcony railing up to 6 inches wide, won the prestigious 2012 Red Dot Design Award. Greenbo products are manufactured in a multi-cultural Israeli-Arab setting using sustainable and recyclable materials, and with safety the No. 1 priority. Find Greenbo products at garden centers and independent nurseries in the United States and Europe, and online at amazon.com.

 
Free Pint Glass with MRDC Spirits Purchase at First Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:25
LeClaire, Iowa, June 5, 2013 – This Friday marks Mississippi River Distilling Company’s monthly First Friday.  This open house social will be held June 7 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  MRDC and Chef Stephanie are planning a real treat for everyone who comes out, Bourbon Ice Cream featuring Cody Road Bourbon.  We’ll be sampling a cocktail just for the evening called Ananda.  It starts with River Rose Gin, then adds pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and honey simple syrup.  The second cocktail will be a classic daiquiri featuring Dry Dock Sorghrum.  Both are cool and refreshing cocktails for summertime!  Free samples of both food and drink will be served and the complete recipes can be found at our website www.mrdistilling.com.        

This Friday night, MRDC is kicking off their new rewards program.  We invite anyone to become a part of “The Crew” and when they sign up with instantly start earning points with each purchase that can then be used for discounts on future purchases.  To celebrate this new initiative, we’ll be giving away a free “Crew” pint glass that says “Inaugural Voyage June 7, 2013” during First Friday to everyone who purchases a bottle of MRDC spirits.  More detailed information on “The Crew” rewards program will be coming out soon.    

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.

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Feeling 'McBurned'? Hardee's CEO Hears Your Beef PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angie Taylor   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 07:28

Andy Puzder Hears Your Beef

CKE Restaurants CEO comforts angry McDonald’s customers; reassures Angus beef fans that Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s remain committed to quality Black Angus burgers

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hardee’s® and Carl’s Jr.®, is offering understanding as well as continued, premium-quality Black Angus beef burgers to fast food fans feeling mcburned by McDonald’s’ recent discontinuation of their Angus Third Pounder burger line. Sympathizing with disgruntled McDonald’s diners, today CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder offers coupons and feedback to customers via personal video messages posted to the brands’ YouTube pages (www.youtube.com/carlsjr and www.youtube.com/hardees). In the video messages, Puzder guides Angus lovers through the premium burger competitive landscape and explains how Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s were the first and now only major fast food brands to offer 100 percent Black Angus beef.

"To burger fans who care about quality – I hear you,” said Puzder. “Our competitor has made a choice to drop its Angus burgers, but for customers focused on premium quality and taste, and not on less for less, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s welcome your grieving stomachs. We were the first to offer Black Angus in our Six Dollar Burger and Thickburger lines. Following McDonald’s’ decision, our bigger, better Black Angus burgers are not only the only Angus burgers available at any major fast food chain, but I can assure you that they are here to stay.”

In addition to Puzder’s video messages, the CKE CEO is reaching disappointed McDonald’s customers via a full-page USA Today ad and a limited-time offer to enjoy Carl’s Jr.’s and Hardee’s’ 100% Black Angus Six Dollar BurgerTM for less than McDonald’s’ axed Angus beef burger. The $1 off coupon is available for download at ReclaimYourAngus.com and comes with an implied virtual hug from Happy Star.

 

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. As of the end of fiscal 2013, the Company, through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,318 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and 28 foreign countries and U.S. territories worldwide, including 1,369 Carl's Jr.® restaurants and 1,944 Hardee's® restaurants. For more information about CKE Restaurants, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

 
THUNDER BAY RESTAURANT EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 16:00

Honored as a Top Performing Thunder Bay as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

 Davenport, Iowa – June 4, 2013 – Thunder Bay Restaurant today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Thunder Bay Restaurant is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” Michael Whalen, Owner of Thunder Bay. “Our guests are the reason we do what we do – we strive to offer each guest a dining experience by offering innovative food combined with great customer service.”

Thunder Bay has been a Quad City favorite since it was opened in 1997. This is the second time Thunder Bay has won the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence. The restaurant’s cuisine is centered on an eclectic menu featuring steaks, seafood and Cajun entrees. Soft seating area is the perfect place to gather with friends or try our private dining option for a working lunch or intimate dinner . Thunder Bay has banquet facilities for up to 100 and caters to parties of any size. For more information visit www.thunderbaygrille.com

Thunder Bay is owned and operated by Heart of America Group, a Midwest based hospitality company founded by Michael Whalen in 1978.

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CASI Starts a Farmers Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Arp   
Monday, 03 June 2013 10:00

Starting TODAY, Monday, June 03, 2013, the Center For Active Seniors, Inc. (CASI) starts their first Farmers Market day. June through September, CASI will be holding inside Farmers Market twice a month: 1st Mondays 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3rd Mondays 2:30-4:30 p.m. CASI encourages everyone in the community to come and participate in the new activity.

There’s still space available for vendors to sign up! All you have to do is stop by the desk to fill out an application. The whole month of June is FREE for all vendors! July-September, vendor cost will be $5 for CASI Members & $10 for Non-Members.

Come shop, sell and socialize at CASI’s Farmers Market!

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