Live Your Legacy with Latham® Seeds

IMG 5639Thank you to all of the Latham® dealers and their families, who traveled earlier this month to Bloomington, Minnesota, for our annual sales meeting and new product introduction. Turnout was tremendous! We hope you enjoyed your stay at the Radisson Blu Mall of America and left the Twin Cities feeling excited about your future with family-owned, independent Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

The theme of “Live Your Legacy with Latham Seeds” was carried through in everything from the 1940s truck centerpieces, which were a replica of the truck Willard Latham used to haul oats to market when the company first began, to our presentations.

One Kickoff presentation that was rated the highest was a keynote address  by Kent Stock. Kent left us with this question, “What do you want to be remembered for?” It’s a question for which he’s become famous. In fact, there was a movie based upon it.

IMG 5715As a former teacher, coach and principal, Kent coached the Norway, Iowa, baseball team to victory in their now-famous final season. As depicted in the 2007 film, “The Final Season,” the Norway baseball team defied the odds and won the small school’s 20th state title in what would become the team’s final season before it was forced to merge with a bigger, neighboring school district. (NOTE: Those of you interested in watching this movie can purchase it off Amazon.)

“Every person who’s ever worn a Norway uniform is out there with you today,” Coach Stock told his team during the state championship game. “Now think about this… No Iowa baseball dynasty has ever won a state championship in their final season. We’re playing for everyone who knows that Norway is a great place to come home to. And no matter what happens today, this time next year, the jerseys you’re wearing will be polishing chrome in Madison High School. So ask yourself one question, ‘How do you want to be remembered’?”

How do you want to be remembered? Whether or not we’re intentional, we all will be remembered for something. At Latham Seeds, we’re proud to live Willard IMG 5595Latham’s legacy. Seed traits and technologies, as well as the way we get seed to market, have changed since 1947. Our business philosophy, however, has not. We’re still committed to farmers helping farmers. We’re committed to helping you increase your yield and preserve your family’s legacy for generations to come!

One way we all can preserve our legacies is by taking care of the environment. In the spirit of sustainability, the Radisson Blu Mall of America houses honey bee colonies from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. In fact, Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar inside the Radisson Blu features many menu items that put a unique twist on traditional Midwest fare. Some of the menu items enjoyed by those attending Latham Dealer Kickoff included Minnesota Wild Rice Pancakes with Chokecherry Syrup and Walleye Cakes, which are Minnesota’s version of New England’s Crab Cakes. Another menu item that features honey produced on the rooftop at the Radisson Blu is Honey-Lavender Cheesecake, so we’re sharing a similar recipe with you today. Enjoy!

Kraft® Honey Lavender Cheesecake Bites


3/4 cup finely crushed sugar cookies

1 tsp. dried lavender flowers

1 Tbsp. butter, melted

1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.), softened

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. zest and 1 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup honey, divided

1 egg

1/4 cup whipping cream


1.       Heat oven to 325°F.

2.       Combine cookie crumbs, lavender and butter; press onto bottoms of 24 paper-lined mini muffin cups, using about 1 tsp. crumb mixture for each cup. Bake 5 min. or until lightly browned.

3.       Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1/4 cup honey in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add egg; beat just until blended. Spoon into muffin cups.

4.       Bake 13 min. or until centers of cheesecakes are almost set. Cool completely.

5.       Refrigerate 1 hour.

6.       Cook cream and remaining honey in small saucepan on medium heat 5 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Cool completely.

7.       Spoon honey mixture over cheesecakes just before serving.

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