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Caution: Some plants to avoid buying for your home garden

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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It’s time to stop by your favorite garden retailers to pick up some plants for your summer garden. Before doing so, here are some plants you should avoid or at least use with caution. 

Pros and Cons of the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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 See the  Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker at work making a batch of pepper jelly!

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The Ball Brothers Go into Business

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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As the five Ball brothers – Lucius L., William C., Edmund B., Frank C., and George A. – grew to adulthood in Canandaigua, New York, their uncle George Harvey Ball watched for business opportunities in nearby Buffalo. Uncle George, brother of Lucius Styles Ball, was a pastor of a Baptist church in Buffalo. In 1878, the first venture that he recommended was making wooden containers to pack fish in. Frank and Edmund were the principles in this endeavor. This venture ended when their entire product was destroyed in a fire. The brothers returned to Canandaigua...

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Mason Jars are Fruit Jars, but not all Fruit Jars are Mason Jars

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Several years ago, Minnetrista’s former curator of business and industrial history, Dick Cole, asked me if I knew what made a Mason jar a Mason jar. He was thoroughly surprised when I was able to tell him, because he knew that my main interest in our large collection of jars is the stories that they can tell. I am not an expert on closures and markings, although I’ve certainly learned a lot in my time at Minnetrista. I also know that I can call on Dick to answer my questions, because he loves to share his knowledge of fruit jars. Anyway, read on and you’ll know why Mason jars are fruit jars, but not all fruit jars are Mason jars...

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Garden Update: April Flowers in Oakhurst

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Oakhurst is my favorite spot to enjoy spring flowers here at Minnetrista. There are lots of different flowering plants that provide beauty throughout the whole season. The first acts of the spring show—winter aconite and snowdrops—are already fading, with Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) and Glory of the Snow (Chinodoxa luciliae) coming on next...

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