10 Foods to Eat Before Summer Ends

The warm days of summer will soon be replaced with the cool winds of fall. Don’t let this happen before you get all of your yummy summer food fixes.  Here is a list of must-haves you may have forgotten or may be new to you.

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Do some of these sound good to you?  Click on title to get the recipe.

1. Grilled Sweet Corn

2. Watermelon Popsicles

3. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

4. Orange Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

5. Walking Tacos

6. Blueberry Lemon Bars

7. Grilled Banana Sundae

8. Jello-Filled Orange Slices

9. Cucumber Avocado Rolls

10. Glazed Ham & Pineapple Kabobs

A Day at the Machine Shed

A day at the Machine Shed is filled with traditional farm-fresh cooking, farm staples, and friendly service. Here are some pictures that represent our typical day at the Shed. We want to know what  your day at the shed would be like. Tell us what your favorite things about the Shed are!

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We’re on Pinterest!


That’s right! The Machine Shed is now on Pinterest! 

We’ve already created boards that celebrate Spring, Vintage Finds, Recipes and Do It Yourself Projects and will be adding more throughout the season.

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Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes

Many people reserve maple syrup for pancakes and sweet potatoes – but this versatile ingredient can be used for so much more! With tomato season fast approaching, we wanted to give you another way to prepare your favorite fruit/vegetable.  Serve these little goodies with toothpicks for appetizers or on top of pasta, salads, or pizza.

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We used maple syrup from the Hartman Reserve Nature Center in Cedar Falls, IA.


Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes

Serves 4-6


  • 16 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TBS fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oven to 250°F. Arrange tomato halves cut side up on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together syrup, oil, thyme, garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl and then drizzle over tomatoes.
  3. Bake until tomatoes are half-dried and concentrated, 3-4 hours.

 To learn more about how maple syrup is harvested and made, visit the Hartman Reserve Nature Center for their annual Maple Syrup Festival!

*adapted from saveur.com

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