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Grand Opening for Dragon Willow Winery

It’s FINALLY here! Come join us for the Grand Opening of Dragon Willow Winery!

We will have FREE Wine Tastings all day!

KEYL Radio will be on-site doing a live show from 1-3pm

FREE lunch will be served.

Also, we will have some of our great local vendors including:
– Double T Express Mini Doughnuts
– Babygirlz Boutique
– LipSense
– Scentsy
– Jamberry

We are located just south of Long Prairie. Head about a mile past Thunder Lodge. Turn right onto 210th Street and we are the first place on the left.

Farm2Families

The event will include children’s activities, hay rides, educational speakers and displays, entertainment, livestock, a delicious meal of locally produced food, and more. Speakers for the event include Scott Kittelson and Tom Gervais representing the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Peggy Jones of American Peat Technology.  A soil expert and a bee keeper from the Ripple River Bee Club will also be presenting. Click here to register online.

Grand Opening for Dragon Willow Winery

Come join us for the Grand Opening of Dragon Willow Winery!

We will have FREE Wine Tastings all day!

KEYL will be on-site doing a live show from 1-3pm

FREE lunch will be served from 1-3pm

Also, we will have some of our great local vendors including:
– Double T Express Mini Doughnuts
– Babygirlz Boutique
– LipSense
– Scentsy
– Jamberry

We are located just south of Long Prairie. Head about a mile past Thunder Lodge. Turn right onto 210th Street and we are the first place on the left.

Minnesota Garlic Festival

Minnesota Garlic Festival is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, area artisans, goofy games…and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.

Minnesota garlic growers will have the first of their fresh gourmet garlic crop at the festival, and it can keep in your kitchen for up to a year! There are over 100 varieties of the country’s finest garlic grown here, all planted in the fall, harvested in July, and cured to perfection just in time for the festival. Other than the great taste, it is well documented that garlic is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.Garlic Ice Cream Logo B&W

And, yes, we even have garlic ice cream.

The Garlic Festival offers a unique culinary experience with a cadre of renowned Minnesota chefs converging at the festival cafe, “The Great ‘Scape“, and a sumptuous selection of celebrity chefs will present cooking demonstrations on the main stage throughout the day, all under the direction of the our Maven of Mmmmm, Mary Jane Miller. Check back here in the summer to get the full roster.

Plant ‘n Pinot

Plant a dish garden of some time with a group of ladies from work…about 10-12 gals – instructions and guidance from GV staff

Growing Mushrooms Indoors with Buckets

Cody Mastel, Owner, Designer and Educator at Land by Hand
Growing mushrooms inside allows you to have better control over the environment, and grow these delicious fungi year-round in our Minnesota climate. Cody will start with an introduction to the biology of mushrooms and the theory of indoor mushroom cultivation. You will then drill holes in a five gallon bucket, sterilize and prepare the straw medium, and inoculate with oyster, reishi, or lion’s mane mushrooms. Cody will discuss ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and harvest. You will leave with an inoculated bucket and a comprehensive handout.
Limit 24, Bee Center
$65 member/$77 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all materials

Plant Selection for a Changing Climate

Julie Weisenhorn, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
Dry spells, violent storms, late falls, and bitter winters…how is a garden supposed to keep up? University of Minnesota Extension educator, Julie Weisenhorn, will provide guidance for gardening in our increasingly unpredictable climate. Along with fellow gardeners, you will learn how to maximize the health and steadiness of your garden, from soil to plant selection. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and practical ways to make your landscaping more resilient to extreme weather.
$41 member/$55 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday in the Kitchen at the Arboretum: Beyond Meatless Mondays

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Culinary Instructor/Chef
Expand your vegetable horizon with globally inspired dishes that satisfy your palate and appetite, such as Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress and Dukkah Crusted Goat Cheese; Parsnip Tabbouleh; Butternut Squash Tagine with Buttered Chile Couscous; Halloumi-Raita Napoleons with Crispy Papadums. Join other vegetable enthusiasts as Kris walks you through the culture and history of some of the dishes, as well as the health benefits of individual ingredients. You will taste a variety of dishes and then work together in small groups to prepare recipes in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting. You will take home samples to share with family/friends, comprehensive handouts, and detailed recipes.
Limit 20, Learning Center
$39 member/$52 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Introduction to Home Winemaking

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center
Are you interested in making your own wine, but not sure how to start? Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota’s enology (wine research) specialist for this two-part workshop. Designed for beginners, you and other winemaking hobbyists will begin with a solid, research-based framework of knowledge as you learn what equipment and supplies are needed, where to source grapes or other fruit, the steps of winemaking, and much more. This workshop is located at the Horticulture Research Center (across from the Arboretum, adjacent to the seasonal apple house!) so you can see the winemaking process used to test the University’s wine grapes. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make wine in your own home.
Limit 24, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center
Member $80/Non-member $95, includes handouts, exclusive access to the Horticulture Research Center, and hands-on demonstrations with wine making equipment