Zinnia With Visitor 1

Ardie recorded a wanderer stopping by…

Ardie’s gettin’ her harvest on…

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Lanesboro Rhubarb Fest Sat., June 1st, 2013

Entertainment Schedule

10 a.m. – Festival begins

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem

Rhubarb Run: Welcome/Awards

Bee-Bop-a-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie sing-along

Welcome from Bob of Cock-A-Doodle Zoo

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the contests:
Tasting, Games, Minute-to-Win-IT, Pie-making

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the Story Tree
and Fashion Show

10:30 a.m.

Rhubarb Games begin. KTTC’s Morning News Team Jess
Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt throw out the first stalk. Olympics
run continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Rhubarb Jugglers Will they juggle flaming rhubarb?

Rhubarb Tasting begins.Taste everything rhubarb from savories to
sweets to drinks. Tasting continues until gone.

Minute-to-Win-it Rhubarb-Chopstick Contest begins. Contest
runs continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. WALTER BRADLEY AND STEVE ARNOLD
will entertain with song.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RHUBARB SISTERS will sing original
rhubarb songs.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. TOM SCHRAMM, well-known local artist, will
sing and entertain.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rhubarb Zumba with Melinda Lutes

1:30 p.m. Prizes awarded for Rhubarb Games, Tasting Contest,
Minute-to-Win-It Rhubarb Chopstick Contest, and Largest Leaf and
Heaviest Stalk Contests. Remember – winners must be present to

take home prizes!

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rhubarb Fashion Show

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. RUTABAGA BROTHERS will sing and entertain.

The Rhubarb Rant will be going on at the top of the hour every hour
during the Festival so tell us your personal Rhubarb story.

Don’t forget to visit The Story Tree, where local storytellers will entertain
at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo will run continuously throughout the festival, but for
informational talks about the animals stop there at 11:00
or 1:00.

And check out ridetheskyusa.com to find out about helicopter
rides over Lanesboro departing from our nearby football field.
Their rates and schedule will be available the day of the festival.


Rhubarb Games Sponsors

  • Associated Bank
  • Cottage House Inn
  • Krage Insurance Agency
  • Rhinos Pizza and Subs
  • Scenic Valley Winery
Rhubarb Run Sponsors

  • Road ID
  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Artesian Fresh
  • Fillmore County Journal
  • Frank Wright
  • Lanesboro Fire Department
  • Joe Deden / Eagle Bluff Environmental
    Learning Center

Rhubarb Sponsors

  • Commonweal Theatre
  • Inn at Sacred Clay Farm
  • Lanesboro Web Management Group
  • O’Leary’s B & B
  • Ace Communication



Lanesboro – Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota!

“Everything Rhubarb” – The Book

Rhubarb Run

Rhubarb Games

Cock-a-Doodle Zoo


Call for Entries

Schedule of Events



Rhubarb Recipes

Found something under the mostly dead old apple trees…

on an abandoned building lot … nobody seems to ever think to look there so I’ve had it to myself for a few years now…

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Only Elitists Oppose Monsanto’s Global Domination Plan, Says CEO

GAWKER: Monsanto is a $58 billion multinational Pesticide-‘n-Frankenfood corporation that has moved on from selling Agent Orange to its new business of patenting actual seed genomes and then suing farmers who try to grow crops without paying the Monsanto corporation. Who could be opposed to such a thing. Only the elites, clearly.

Nobody really knows what sort of social and environmental consequences might result from the widespread use of genetically engineered Monsanto seeds that are resistant to Monsanto pesticides. I mean, what kind of weirdo would question whether that system has a downside? Latte-swilling, Mark Bittman-worshipping elitists, according to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant:

There is this strange kind of reverse elitism: If Im going to do this [meaning “not bombard the world with genetically modified seeds and
pesticides and also destroy any farmer who attempts to buck the system”
], then everything else shouldnt exist, Grant said at Monsantos St. Louis headquarters yesterday. There is space in the supermarket shelf for all of us….

And the sad piece of this is, it ends up either or, Grant said. So you get conventional agriculture or broad scale or however you define it, and organic. I think were going to look back on this period and say, How on earth did that ever become the fight that it became.

Alternately, we might look back on this period and say “Yes, May of 2013 is the date to which we need to send our Terminators back in time in order to stop the Monsanto people from distributing their Frankenseeds which will eventually decimate life on earth.” I know, I know typical elitist reaction.

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS STORY FOR THE BUSY EXECUTIVE: Only elitists care about small farmers; Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant (2012 compensation: $14.4 million) is the voice of the common man.


Basketed Lettuce …

Gift from Ardie… comes in pretty handy when you have to bring ’em in every night to keep ’em from freezing… temperature got down to 27 F early this AM in Red Wing, May 12th 2013…

Lettuce w Flash

Lettuce w Flash

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Lettuce Window Light

First Rhubarb, waiting for heat and light at Mary Bell’s


the bloomin’ cactus

this creature lives on the edge of the Great Amurricun Desert*

close-up of the bloomin’ cactus…

half close on bloomin’ cactus

bloomin’ cactus in its glory pose…

*indoors, of course, receiving lavish attention from whilst
having extended conversations with its house thrall Ardis….
(see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrall)