Celebrating independence with good food and good company

This weekend families nationwide will celebrate our country’s independence with good food and good company. At Latham, we certainly think independence is something worth celebrating. In fact – as an independent company – we have a hard time thinking of something more worthy of celebration.

One of the ways Latham customers benefit from our Freedom of Independence is through true genetic diversity.  Thanks to our partnerships with industry leaders, Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ product lineup offers the widest variety of genetics, traits and technologies available in the marketplace.  Combining an unsurpassed number of options with product expertise let’s Latham customers incorporate true genetic diversity to minimize risks throughout the growing season.

May you and your friends enjoy a safe and fun holiday weekend as you celebrate your independence, too!

It’s become our annual tradition to attend a potluck supper and watch fireworks with friends on their farm north of Sheffield.  Each year the crowd – and the fireworks display – gets bigger.  That’s one of the reasons I’m considering making a big batch of brownies.  It might not be as all-American as apple pie, but when topped with ice cream and hot fudge, it’s equally delicious.  This “fix it and forget it” recipe will have adults and children alike coming back for seconds!

If you need an activity or two to keep your kids busy while you’re packing the camper or barbecuing the burgers, below are some fun activities from Disney’s website. 

Fourth of July Activities for Kids – CD Spinners

Disney shares a lot of fun Fourth of July activities for kids! Click here for an easy-to-make party favor! You’ll want to have a printer nearby for this one because it has design templates, but there are plenty of other activities shared on this site that don’t require a printer. (We picked this one for its great reviews).  http://familyfun.go.com/4th-of-july/4th-of-july-crafts/cd-spinners-890164/

Brownies in a Roaster



  • 4 chocolate cake mixes
  • 4 cups sour cream
  • 4 packages instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 cups oil
  • 16 eggs
  • 4 cups water



  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Spray roaster with Pam, and then pour in batter.
  3. Cook in roaster at 325 degrees for 4 hours.
  4. Serve warm from the roaster, topped with ice cream and hot fudge.

NOTE:  Put foil around top/corners of the pan. Just enough to cover the areas that generally burn.


Yields about 40-48 servings.