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Prepping the fruit

Tomatoes picked from their garden are prepared at The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Freshly picked

A pot filled with freshly picked produce rests on a table outside The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich. The restaurant has replaced its landscaping with a vegetables and herb garden.

Green thumb

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, poses in the vegetable garden that has replaced the restaurant's landscaping. Vegetables and herbs are picked and cooked with daily.

Standing in the garden

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, stands in a vegetable garden that the restaurant has replaced. Vegetables and herbs are picked and used daily in cooking.

Patrolling the streets

Shepard Elementary fifth-grader Mora Boatman helps Sara Loveless (center), Grant Mueller, 5, Iris Mueller, 3 months, and Lydia Mueller, 3, cross the street on Sept. 23. Boatman is part of the school’s Safety Patrol program.

Blue Water Grill uses garden to supply vegetables

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, stands in a vegetable garden that the restaurant has replaced the landscaping at the restaurant. Vegetables and herbs are picked and cooked with daily.

Restaurant's landscape now a garden

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, poses in the vegetable garden that has replaced the restaurant's landscaping. Vegetables and herbs are picked and cooked with daily.

Gardens named top restaurant trend

A pot filled with freshly picked produce rests on a table outside The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich. The restaurant has replaced it's landscaping with a vegetables and herb garden.

Restaurant expands garden

Tomatoes picked from their garden are prepared at The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich. The restaurant expanded the garden from 1,000 square feet to 3,000 square feet this year.

French soldiers patrol tourist destination

French soldiers patrol the area under the Eiffel Tower and walk past replicas for sale, in Paris, Sunday. The State Department cautioned Americans traveling in Europe to be vigilant because of heightened concerns about a potential al-Qaida terrorist attack aimed at U.S. citizens and Europeans. The travel alert is general in nature and isn't intended to focus on any specific country, location or tourist sites.

Finishing the CROP walk

Sonja Callahan walks across Walnut St. as she finishes the 2010 CROP walk on Sunday. This was Callahan's third time participating in the walk, which is an initiative by Church World Service.

CROP sticker

Anne Cicero shows her CROP sticker to her daughter, Lucia Cicero, 11 months, at the CROP walk event on Sunday. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and the walk was an initiative by Church World Services.

Bonnick helps Tigers rally

Missouri senior Alysha Bonnick fends of Oklahoma defender Carrie Whigham. Bonnick scored both of the goals that rallied the Tigers on Sunday.

Chasing after soccer ball

Oklahoma senior Lauren Alkek and Missouri senior Kari Adam race for the ball during the second half of Sunday's game. Although Missouri fell behind in the first half, the Tigers won with two goals in the last few minutes of the game.

Keeping the ball in play

Oklahoma senior Tiana Dickson and Missouri freshman Danielle Nottingham fight to keep the ball from going out of bounds during the first half of Sunday's game. The Sooners led 1-0 at halftime.

Rhodenbaugh makes debut

MU's new swim coach Greg Rhodenbaugh watches a heat during the Show-Me Showdown. It was his first meet as a head coach.

Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston is an interactive news editor at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Derek Trucks signs autographs

Derek Trucks signs autographs for fans following his headlining set at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

4 Smokin' Butts wins Roots 'N' Blues barbecue contest

Millie Rambis presents members of the 4 Smokin’ Butts barbecue team with the grand champion prize, a hand-painted guitar and a $2,500 check. The team competed in the Roots ‘N’ Blues ‘N’ BBQ Festival’s fourth annual barbecue competition on Saturday.

Lindsey Hunter stays connected to MU Volleyball through broadcasting

Former Missouri volleyball player Lindsey Hunter talks with JJ Stankevitz during radio broadcast of MU’s volleyball game against Colorado on Saturday. Previously a Missouri Women’s Athlete of the Decade, Hunter works as a graduate assistant and radio broadcaster for the volleyball team.
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