Minnetrista Blogs

The Ball Brothers Go into Business

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on April 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

As the five Ball brothers—Lucius L., William C., Edmund B., Frank C., and George A.—grew to adulthood in Canandaigua, New York, their uncle George Harvey Ball watched for business opportunities in nearby Buffalo. Uncle George, brother of Lucius Styles Ball, was the pastor of a... Read More >

Mason Jars are Fruit Jars, but not all Fruit Jars are Mason Jars

Posted by: Karen Vincent on April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Several years ago, Minnetrista’s former curator of business and industrial history, Dick Cole, asked me if I knew what made a Mason jar a Mason jar. He was thoroughly surprised when I was able to tell him, because he knew that my main interest in... Read More >

Garden Update: April Flowers in Oakhurst

Posted by: Clair Burt on April 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hi, my name is Clair Burt, and I’m a full-time gardener at Minnetrista. I’m in charge of the ornamental gardens, including the Rose Garden and Culinary Herb Garden, among others. Right now I’m really enjoying the spring weather and all of the beautiful flowers that... Read More >

Three Steps To Get Prepared for the Canning Season

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on April 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

Canning season is fast approaching! Have you looked in your canned good cabinet, your cellar, or on your shelves to find those few remaining jars from last year? Perhaps you’ve noticed a dwindling number of total jars. If you are anything like me, and I... Read More >

Before there were Ball jars there were five Ball brothers

Posted by: Karen Vincent on March 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

If it wasn’t for the Ball fruit jar, Minnetrista wouldn’t exist. That humble jar, so important to food preservation, generated an industry that put Muncie on the map and provided the Ball family with the wherewithal to give back to their community, particularly in the... Read More >

The Discovery of Natural Gas Changes the Face of East Central Indiana

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on March 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

Before the discovery of the Trenton Gas Field in the late 19th century, East Central Indiana was almost exclusively an agricultural area. The Gas Boom became a defining moment in the development of the region. Natural gas had an enormous impact on the history, culture,... Read More >

Garden Update: Minnetrista in March

Posted by: Cassie Banning on March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

March is a busy month.  Apple trees are getting their annual maintenance pruning, branches are being cut for a project on the riverbank, and early spring flowers are blooming! This is the time of year when the Minnetrista gardeners get out on ladders and cut... Read More >

Ashley Introduces Herself and The Food Preservation Blog

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on March 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

Welcome to my blog! “Who are you?” you may ask? Well, I’m Ashley Lichtenbarger, Minnetrista’s education manager, here to bring canning tips and techniques straight to you. I am also a crafter, canner, walker, and owner of an adorable dog. She’s a Heinz 57—a new... Read More >

Eat What’s in Season. Cook What’s in Season

Posted by: Paige Vandoski on August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

 (Taken from Vegetarian Times Farmer’s Market Cookbook) Want to eat what’s in season? Although summer is winding down, there will still be some produce that will probably be overflowing at your local market! The August in-season picks are: Beets Mushrooms Bell Peppers Stone Fruits (peaches,... Read More >

Fix your drought-stressed lawn

Posted by: Steve Scott on August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

The summer of 2012 has been one brutal summer for you lawn. The combination of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall has done its number on many lawns across the Central Indiana area.  With the return of rain, we have seen many lawns green... Read More >