May 2005

  • Budget Resolution A Raw Deal
  • Gene the Pumpkin Man a Walking Advertisement Gene the Pumpkin Man believes in playing the part. He drives an orange Cadillac. He wears orange clothes. Everything in his house is orange or an earth tone. On the front of his barn is a large orange sign with a picture of a pumpkin. “Gene the Pumpkin Man” is written in large, black letters. It’s clearly visible from M-43, a busy highway near Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Pumpkin Farm Expands Its Options Ralph Jutte grew up on a farm, and he wanted to share that experience with his three kids. So, 25 years ago, he and his wife, Janice, bought Pigeon Roost Farm.
  • Search for Taste Leads to Rediscovering Old Tomato Varieties Heirloom tomatoes aren’t just “the old kind” like your folks grew in the garden when you were really young.
  • Washington to Lose Asparagus Processing Plant What’s the state of asparagus in the state of Washington? It’s hard to pin down, but change is in the air. Washington’s asparagus industry is in a state of flux, with long-term implications for its growers. Next year, they’ll have to change their methods or get out of the business entirely.

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