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6B SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2004 Field Day HERALD I BY REBECCA MAYER STAFF WRITER It's a little known fact that there are several wineries in North Dakota pr(xiucing wine from homegrown fruit, but that may change. The horticulture session at the Williston Research Exten- sion Center Field Days will an- swer questions on winemak- ing as a worthwhile industry in northwestern North Dako- ta. Sixteen varieties of grapes, six varieties of strawberries, three of raspberries, two of rhubarb and two of June berries are planted at the Williston Research Extension Center, said horticulturist Lor- na Bradbury. "All these are used in making native Wines." Beginning at 10 a.m. on Field Day, Mike Jore, owner of Presque Isle Winery in Fargo, will speak on the needs of winemakers, while Ron Smith, farmer fruit farmer from ND- SU, will answer questions on fruit production. "If you don't understand how people make wine, it's hard to raise what they need," said Bradbury "As the local wineries (like Rolling Hills and Pointe of View Winery in Burlington) grow, they will need more and more fruit to increase productic~n." In order to claim the final product as North Dakota-made, a certain percentage of the fruit has to come from in state. Surprisingly. there has been some grape production in this part of the state. "They're not necessarily the highest quality of grapes, but they still make passable wine," said Bradbury. This is the first year that the Williston Research Extension Center has planted ally grapes. "Our first question is, 'Will they make it through the win- ter?' said Bra(tbury, "and our second question is, 'Will they produce good fruit?'" Bradbury explained a tech- nique for grapes if9m Mongo- lia that might be applicable here with the cold winters. First, a deep trench is dug and the seeds are planted deep into the soil. Then, gradually more and more dirt is added to the "As the local wineries grow, they will need more and more fruit to increase production." Lorna Bradbury Williston Research Extension Center trench so the roots have a chance to become established on a deeper level. This way, if a late spring frost comes, the li frost cannot reach the roots, ers and Also, the research center is tension trying a variety of grapes in "very little will be search of a hardy plant that this year," said will flower at the proper time lost plants to correspond with the weath- temperatures. er here. Many avid Growing fruit for wine is brin very labor intensive and peo- they can write ple often start with an acre or names of plants less, said Bradbury. they like. Also, fruit crops will force Bradbury producers to become familiar showing off a new with different diseases than plant that can be used ! they're used to seeing. "There arrangements or are a lot of questions about belt shrub. whether or not this will be a Also viable industry," said Brad- bury After this informal dis- tween tree rows works l cussion, an outdoor tour will with cool season grass, take those interested through season the gardens to view other flow- way - cultivated in Sidney re BY LOIS KERR Joyce Eckhoff, agronomist at the Eastern Ag Research Cen- ter in Sidney, and Red Levee, re- tired Richland County exten- sion agent who still remains ac- tively involved in agricultural events, started the 'spice' part of the process that will culmi- nate in the second Sugar 'n Spice Day, scheduled for Sept. 11 in Sidney's Veterans Park. On March 24, Eckhoff and Levee planted more than 1,200 pepper seeds for giveaway to in- terested people at the end of May. Pepper varieties planted range in flavor from mild to su- per hot, and organizers hope the scheduled giveaway of WE SHARE SAME DREAMS. {1 t:: R E Y( ) [ i 1. t rc.h station generates interest with pepper pl n these pepper plants will stimu- away more than 1,000 pepper will see activities begin at 4 late interest in the Sugar 'n plantsto 135people. p.m., Sept. ll, following the Green Chili Stew Spice festival. Sugar 'N Spice organizers se- Wings of Freedom air show "We've planted a nice variety lected peppers again this year scheduled for the Sidney air- 1 lb. diced pork of peppers, including hot pep- as the festival spice because port. 2 Tbsp. flour pers, chili peppers, colored peppers grow well in our eli- Sugar 'N Spice events will in- 2 bottles of dark beer mild bell peppers and orna- mate. Organizers also haveelude Lower Yellowstone Irri- 10 green chili peppers; roasted, peeled and chopped. (when fresh mental varieties," says Levee. added onions as a vegetable gation Project and Sidney Sug- not available, use a 27-oz. can of whole green chilies.) "We'll also have a few surprises spice for inclusion in this ars history boards, a perfor- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder as we planted some unknownyear's spice portion of festival mance provided by the Sunrise 1/2 tsp. cumin crosses that could produce un- activities. Community jazz band, the L'il 1/2 tsp. salt usual sizes or shapes." Onions also grow well in this Miss Sugar pageant, a demon- 1 large potato, peeled and diced "Flavors will range from de- region, and onions hold the pc- stration given by a Learn to Brown pork in small amount of oil. Add flour to pork and dri lighffully hot to mild, and we've tential to become a value-added Tap dance group, and the judg- add beer. Simmer for 1/2 hour. If mixture gets too thick, planted varieties that come in a crop for area growers, ing of the Sugar and Spice food cups of water. Add chili peppers, garlic, cumin, salt and potatoes. multitude of colors," he adds. "Organizers chose peppers and ornamental entries. This until potatoes start to fall apart. The EARC staff watered andand onions as this years spice year's sugar 'n spice contests Enjoy! cared for the young pepperbecause these vegetables com- includes two categories of sug- seedlings before giving them bine well in such foods as sal- ar entries; cookies and away the end of May. sa," Levee remarks. "Also,jelly/jam/syrup; and four cate- Last year the group gave more onions are grown in Rich- gories under the spice section; Jalapeno Pepper Jelly land County all the time, so salsa, hot sauce, pickled pep- we're trying to stimulate inter- pers and decorative. 6 half-pint canning jars and lids est in onions as well as in pep- To get residents in the mood 8 large green peppers, cut into quarters pers." for adding peppers and onions 6 jalal no chilies or hot red chilies, seeded "Peppers and onions grow to their garden plots this year, 6 c. sugar well in the MonDak and areLevee shares his recipe for 1,2 c. white vinegar ' very versatile vegetables," he green chili stew, a delectable 1 pkg. (6 oz) liquid fruit pectin said. taste sensation that he served 4 drops green food coloring (optional) The tentative schedule forto attendees at last year's Sugar this year's Sugar 'N Spice day 'N Spice event. 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