Category: June 2017

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Ashley Svaty
Nutrition, Food Safety
and Health Agent

6-8 cups diced watermelon
2 cups cooked barley berries, quinoa or pearled sorghum
2 cups fresh edamame
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1.4 cup feta crumbles
2-3 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion

2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. sweet balsamic vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Gently toss salad ingredients together in a mixing bowl; divide between two plates. Whisk oil and vinegar together to create dressing; drizzle over salad on plates, then season salads with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts Serving size ¼ of recipe: Calories 380, Total Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Sodium 190 mg, Total Carbohydrate 50g, Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 19g, Protein 15g.

From Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen

By:  Ashley Svaty

Food Preservation Questions?

We are here to help! Call, email, or drop by any of our offices and we will answer your food preservation questions.  If you are in need of a tested recipe, unsure about procedures, need your dial gauge checked for accuracy, or anything else please contact Ashley at or (785) 524-4432. 

Have you visited The Rapid Response Center site?  It’s a great resource for all your canning needs! Canning videos, publications, recipes, and more can be found at this site.

SAVE THE DATE:  A Food Preservation Workshop will be help on August 9, 2017 in Post Rock District.  Keep watching for more details.  You won’t want to miss this!

By:  Ashley Svaty

Outdoor Experiences Are Valuable For Children

Children who engage in regular outdoor play are more likely to demonstrate creativity, cooperation, concentration, problem-solving, and effective communication. Incorporate outdoor experiences into your family’s daily routine. Need some ideas? Checkout the latest Building Strong Families Insert, “Outdoor Play and Learning”!

To access the resource visit:

By:  Nora Rhoades

Healthy Grilling eBook

Standards like hot dogs and hamburgers come to mind when thinking of barbeques, but why not add fruits and vegetables to your grill? Grilling helps caramelize fruits and vegetables, which brings out their natural sweetness and flavor. Don’t worry about all the pots and pans, one of the nice things about grilling is little clean-up. It’s also a fun and easy way to help you make half your plate fruits and vegetables! The Produce for Better Health Foundation has developed a Healthy Grilling eBook filled with grilling how-to’s and recipes, it can be viewed here

Source: Produce for Better Health Healthy Grilling

By:  Ashley Svaty

Elder Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know

No one is immune to elder abuse, which is often a silent problem. Elder abuse can rob older adults of their dignity and security and leave them feeling fearful, depressed, and alone. The K-State Research and Extension resource, “Elder Abuse and Neglect: What You Should Know” outlines types of abuse, the signs to watch for, and includes resources for help.  To access the resource visit:

By:  Nora Rhoades

June You Asked It!

Interested in any of the following topics? Click on them to find out more or follow this link for the entire June 2017 You Asked It developed by Karen Blakeslee from the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center.

Are All Fruits High in Acid?
National Festival of Breads
Rhubarb and Asparagus After a Frost
USDA to Relax School Meal Mandates
The Scoop on Kitchen Sponges
New Way to Pasteurize Eggs
Flour Recall in Canada
National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Color Changes in Red Meat
Grill with the Right Tools!

By:  Ashley Svaty