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Hot Chicks And Cold Chicks, Getting Creative With Booze

Our three backyard chicken farmers are back to talk about preparing your birds for winter. In the kitchen, two adult recipes -- martini and drunken watermelon.

carving a watermelon whale

Photo: Megan Meyer/WFIU

Just like carving pumpkins for Halloween, Daniel Orr suggests sketching the pattern for the whale on the watermelon before carving.

Think of wearing a down coat in 110 degree weather and that’s what you’ve got. Their little bodies are covered with feathers. Most chickens do quite well in the winter until it gets to be below zero.

Backyard chicken expert Jana Wilson is back for the third and final installment of our series discussing the ins and outs of raising chickens. Tom Berich and Aleisha Kropf join her to talk about preparing their birds for the upcoming winter months.

Before that, Rick Fredericksen of Harvest Public Media takes a look at how the drought-resistant corn crop fared during this year’s drought.

Then we visit The Big Red Beerfest where local microbreweries share a showroom floor with the likes of Miller and Coors.

And in the kitchen, two adult recipes — one for a martini using garden-fresh verbena and another for a drunken watermelon fruit bowl.

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Drought-Resistant Corn Tested By … Drought

drought-stressed corn

About 2 million acres of Aquamax corn were planted across the Corn Belt this year, making it the first drought-resistant lineup to be widely available.

Backyard Chicken Farmers, Part 3: Too Hot, Too Cold

chicken laying an egg

Our three backyard chicken experts talk about how difficult the hot hot summer was on their birds, and they give tips for helping your flock survive the winter.

Beerfest Brings Together David And Goliath Of Brewing

beerfest glasses

The 20th annual Big Red Beerfest will feature small breweries as well huge beer corporations. We revisit last year's event with photos, interviews and samples.

Cool Down With Two Refreshing Summer Cocktails

annie corrigan tasting a summer drink

Today on Earth Eats: two cocktails that utilize fresh herbs from the garden, and a look at a fast-growing hobby among do-it-yourself’ers – home brewing.

A Whale Of A Dish: Carved Watermelon With Tequila Lime Syrup

watermelon whale with fruit

Put smiles on the faces of your brunch guests with this watermelon carved as a whale. But this dish isn't for kids. Fruit is covered with tequila lime syrup!

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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