Dubuque Winter Farmers' Market

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Groundhogs and weather

Did you know that the groundhogs aren’t very accurate at predicting the weather? According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions have been correct 39% of the time. The National Climatic Data Center…

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Black walnuts

Did you know that walnut shells are so hard that they are commonly crushed and used as industrial abrasives? The shells are bio-degradable, non-toxic, and environmentally safe. Walnut shell abrasives were originally developed for cleaning gasoline and diesel engines due…

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Catnip

Did you know that catnip is a perennial herb closely related to spearmint and peppermint? Cats have the amazing ability to find catnip plants, which they locate by homing in on the volatile oil that is expressed from bruised or…

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Xerces Society

Did you know that the Xerces Society was founded over 40 years ago? The Xerces Society is well-known for its efforts to protect bee populations and their habitats, but its broad mission is the conservation of all invertebrates like butterflies,…

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Soapmaking

Did you know that the soapmaking process is called “saponification”? The process separates the fatty acid bonds in oils (vegetable or animal fats) and combines them with molecules in lye to form a salt. This salt is what we refer…

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Frankincense and Myrrh

Did you know frankincense and myrrh are resins harvested from trees in the Middle East? These aromatic products were extremely valuable in Biblical times and used for religious and medicinal purposes, including essential oils. Currently about 1000 tons of frankincense…

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Orville Redenbacher

Did you know Orville Redenbacher was a real person? He was an agricultural scientist who revolutionized the popcorn industry by discovering the first genetic improvement in popcorn in 5,000 years. Redenbacher’s “snowflake” kernels expanded more than 40 times their original…

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History of squash

Did you know that squash is native to the Western Hemisphere? It was originally grown in Central America and migrated northward, becoming a staple food for most native Americans. Winter squash like butternut, acorn, and pumpkins were especially important because…

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Chickens in Dubuque

Did you know that backyard chickens are allowed in Dubuque? You can’t have roosters (and you should inform all your neighbors about your plans!) but chickens can be kept as long as they don’t become a nuisance. Having your own…

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Cranberries

Did you know that more than half the nation’s cranberries are grown in Wisconsin? Only three major commercially-grown fruits are actually native to North America: cranberries, concord grapes, and blueberries. Cranberries are not actually grown in water, but the fields…

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