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Doublemint® Gum, a Piece of History since 1914

Known for its iconic advertising campaign and its cool mint packing, Doublemint® became the third flavor of the Wrigley’s brand, joining Spearmint® and Juicy Fruit® in 1914.  Named for its unique double distillation process, Doublemint® gum has since become one of the largest selling gums in the world and is available in 140 countries.   Doublemint®’s fame is perhaps second only to its iconic advertising duo, the Doublemint Twins.  Debuting in 1939, the Twins have been part of one of the most successful and long lasting adverting campaign ever created. Early campaigns featured double piano players, double violinists, and double comedians.  As part of the campaign, billboards lining roadways secured the Doublemint twins as part of American’s heritage and rooted them in American’s imaginations.  In the 1960’s the twins became part of the airways after debuting on television. Wrigley’s uses an unique double distillation proces ...

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Wrigley’s a Brand Rooted in American History

William Wrigley Jr. began his career peddling Wrigley’s soap.  As an incentive, those merchants who sold Wrigley’s soap received free baking powder until the baking powder proved to be more popular than soap.  Soon merchants who sold the baking powder were receiving chewing gum as an incentive.  Eleven years later, Wrigley started making chewing gum through Zeno Manufacturing in Chicago.  The site later became the home of Spearmint gum in 1913 and later Doublemint gum in 1914. In the midst of the Great Depression when so many families and businesses were struggling, Wrigley took a gamble and purchased $1.5 million worth of advertising.  That gamble catapulted the brand into the national spotlight.   Juicy Fruit, the oldest brand, is the gum of choice with kids and is now sold around the world.  Spearmint, the second brand launched by Wrigley’s, quickly became one of the top selling gums in the United States and is now sold in Europe and Asia.  Do ...

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Gardening & Conservation Workshop

Our friends at the Will/Cook Soil and Water Conservation District asked us to help promote an upcoming program:

The Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce that their Annual Conservation Gardening Night program will be held Thursday, April 11th.

Please join us at 7:00 pm for a program featuring University of Illniois Extension master Gardener Nancy Kuhajda.  Nancy, who is well known for her entertaining and informative presentations, will provide all the information needed to get your garden and landscape in shape for the fast approaching spring and summer growing seasons.

Topics will include composting, vegetable and flower gardening, tree planting, use of native plants and beneficial insects.  Tree seedlings and refreshments will also be available.

The program will be held at the SWCD, 1201 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox, Illinois, 60541.

For more information call the Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District at (815)462-3106, ext. 3.


Leaders Discuss Farming with Callers on WGN Radio

Chris Gould, Illinois pork farmer, joined radio host, Mike McConnell, and WGN Radio callers to discuss Illinois farmers and farming practices in celebration of National Agriculture Day.  Gould’s visit was part of an agricultural literacy project organized by Bryan Blau, Brittany Dean, Shaen Inglis, Nick Nagele, Todd Price, and Ruth Zeldenrust.  Team members also spoke with freshmen at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences about careers in agriculture before taping a short piece for “This Week in Agribusiness”.  The completion of an agricultural literacy project is a requirement of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program.  Nagele, Price, and Zeldenrust are Cook County Farm Bureau volunteers.

Tree and Pond Stocking Sale

Our friends at the Will/Cook Soil and water Conservation District asked us to help promote an upcoming program.  See below: The Will/South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District is currently taking orders for the Spring 2013 Tree and Fish Sale. Order forms are available on the District Website - and can be picked up at the Will/South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District office during business hours.   U.S. Mail, email and fax copies can also be requested by calling (815) 462-3106 x 3. The District has a wide variety of plants, shrubs, and trees available this fall.  Stock ranges in size from 8 inches to 6-foot linear stock, and one, two and three gallon potted stock. Fish varieties for sale include Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Redear, Hybrid Sunfish, Hybrid Redear, Fathead Minnows, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Triploid Grass Carp and Albino Catfish (new).  Grass Carp must be ordered by April 19th. All other orders must be received by Monda ...

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Emanuel Launches Urban Farming Initative for the City of Chicago

Mayor Emanuel launches a new plan to transform vacant city lots into farmland and beginning farmers looking for a way into the market into successful entrepreneurs.

Wagner Farm to Host its First-Ever Northshore Baconfest on Apr. 27

Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County, is teaming up with Cook County Farm Bureau, Kraft, First Farm Credit Services, Catered by Design, and the Lloyd & Kathryn Bettis Foundation to host the first-ever Northshore Baconfest the evening of April 27.  Bacon is generously being provided by Oscar Mayer, a Kraft Foods brand.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of Wagner Farm, a 501(c)(3) organization, which exists to support Wagner Farm in its mission to provide visitors with memorable educational experiences about farming and its history.  The evening will feature chefs serving up tastings of imaginative bacon creations.  Tickets are available at

Forest Preserve opens Acres for Farming

At the end of February, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County opened over 1,000-acres and 12 sites for hay mowing and over 680-acres and four sites for row crop production, which is up from 2008 when the District opened five sites for hay mowing and one site for row crop production.  

Bids for the parcels were due in March and opened during a public bid opening.  

In 2008, Cook County Farm Bureau drafted a resolution supporting the continued use of hay mowing as a management technique for unrestored, conducive Forest Preserve sites.  The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Liz Gorman was unanimously approved by the Board.  

The District’s decision to open additional, appropriate acres is applauded by the Farm Bureau and is in line with existing Farm Bureau policy.

The expansion of farming in the Forest Preserve remains a priority of Cook CFB.

Hay and Row Crop Acres Available

Farmers interested in row crop or grass hay acres are encouraged to visit  Individuals will need to create an account to view the bid packets for just over 1,000-acres of hay ground and over 600-acres of row crop ground.  The bid packets include the locations of 11 hay sites throughout Cook County and four row crop sites in Northwest and South Cook County.  Row crop bids are due March 6 with hay crop bids due the week after.

Sauerkraut, the Latest Super Food

Saurerkraut or literally “sour cabbage” is finely chopped raw cabbage that has been fermented.   It’s the fermentation process that involves Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, all lactic acid bacteria that gives sauerkraut its distinctive sour flavor and its shelf life.  In 2002, a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry not only gave sauerkraut a chance at claiming the “super food prize”, but also brought to light the potential positive health benefits from the fermentation process.  According to the study, a substance produced by fermented cabbage, isothiocyanates, helped prevent the growth of cancer.   Even before the study in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry was published, alternative health experts were shouting the health benefits of sauerkraut.  Raw cabbage, a cruciferous vegetable like cauliflower and brussel sprouts, is high in vitamins A and C.  Some studies have even demonstrated a re ...

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