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The golden hues of late summer—and a hint of fall—captivated our Instagram followers in September. The five most popular photos of the month: 1) "The Sunflower State showing off” at Grinter Farms near Lawrence, Kansas, by @kim_horgan (https://instagram.com/p/70DN18mzRz/).  2) A sneak preview of what’s to come: the peak of fall colors at Matthiessen... More
Native Minnesotan J. Ryan Stradal’s new book Kitchens of the Great Midwest is hotter than a chocolate habanero pepper (which is hot enough to send certain characters in the book to the hospital). Kitchens, a novel about "one girl's farm-to-table success story, mothers and daughters, how food becomes the common language of our lives, and the bittersweet... More
Here in Indiana, we've officially hit that in-between season, where the temps dip in the evenings and the tempo of life slows a bit. There's something beautiful about the rhythm of the seasons in the Midwest, and I love finding ways to bring that rhythm indoors. I used to think this meant buying something new (hello, throw pillows!) but it doesn't... More
This time of year, the blooms of the Great Plains of North Dakota fade as harvesttime approaches. Canola, sunflowers and golden grains blanket the landscape. In the heart of the state, many of us honor the season's beauty—and bounty—with Banquet in a Field, a dinner hosted by CommonGround farm volunteers and other... More
Colors swirl in the summer sky above the rural landcapes captured by our Instagram followers in August. The five most popular photos of the month: 1) @kirby_124 (https://instagram.com/p/510CvcmzWi/) photographed a weathered barn in Morrow County, Ohio. "I have an absolute passion" for barns, says the photographer. "I have photographed hundreds of them, a... More
Looking for a simple weekend decorating or garden project? Here are three DIY ideas from Midwest bloggers that should take only an hour or two to complete. 1. Book planter Recycling a castoff book into an indoor planter makes for an interesting plot twist. Jennifer Zuri (town-n-country-living.com) cut a rectangle-shape pit in the pages of a book using a craft knife.... More
From sunflowers to sunsets, our Instagram followers captured the colors of a Midwest summer last month. The five most-liked photos of July: 1) @justinrogers discovered a field of sunflowers at Badger Creek State Recreation Area near Des Moines (https://instagram.com/p/5mRmDtGzah/).  2) @pinay71 took this "Pure Michigan adventure" shot of Turnip Rock in Port... More
Lakes set the scene for some of summer's best moments: a refreshing cannonball dive, a picnic along the shoreline, an evening boat ride followed by a beach bonfire. We chose some of our favorite Instagram photos that capture the spirit of summer at the lake.  1) Playtime on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, by @killdevilfalls. 2) Sunset... More
Surreal scenes of storm clouds, shipwrecks and moonlit streams captured the imaginations of our Instagram followers in June. The five most-liked photos of the month: 1) @littlecoal was in the right spot at the perfect time when he photographed these deer crossing the Maumee River in northwest Ohio (https://instagram.com/p/3lpTePGza_/). 2) This incredible aerial perspective of the... More
I love old barns.  They’re a way for me to feel connected to the generations before me—a window to the past. I’ve taken more than 200 photos of barns recently in my home state of North Dakota and other Midwest states. Some of my favorites: Double decker. This gem east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, started out as a cattle sale barn and remains a working facility... More