Chocolate’s Journey | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson When you visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market this Saturday, we invite you to start your trip with a stop at Something’s Brewing and have a hot drink: coffee, tea, cider, or perhaps chocolate. Then, make a stop at the Chocolate Spoon for a cookie flavored perhaps with black pepper, ginger, cayenne, or […]

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Loving Your Chocolate … Even More

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson What defines a chocoholic? Well, maybe me. I can eat chocolate every day, or drink it. I love it as a sweet, topped with fruit, and even sometimes shaved finely over a kale and walnut salad or stirred into a savory dish like chili. I have been known to sneak a couple […]

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Salads Year Round | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that you can grow greens for salads year round? Without a greenhouse. Without grow lights. Without a heating mat. Peter Burke has come up with an ingenious idea for year round indoor salad gardening, which he shared in a workshop at last year’s Northeast Organic Farming Association of New […]

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A Winter’s Salute to Kale

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Admittedly, kale jokes abound. But that’s only because this green leafy vegetable – once primarily the domain of fancy plate garnishes – has evolved into a farmers’ market staple year round. Shannon Cowan describes kale in a blog piece for Earth Easy (a website devoted to sustainable living) as the “workhorse of […]

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What the Full Moon in January Means for Maple Syrup

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Thursday, Jan, 12 is the first full moon for 2017. At the Slate Valley Farm, Pat Imbimbo and his daughter Gina will mark the moment by beginning to tap their maple trees for the sap that will produce their syrup for this year. The logic of when to tap and for how […]

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Friend-ing the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson As one of the organizers of the Friends of the Saratoga Market volunteer group, I’d like to thank the regular shoppers, first-time visitors, community organizations, farmers and other vendors, and most especially the market administrator for making 2016 such a rousing success for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I’d also like to invite […]

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Making Farmers Markets Into a Movement

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that farmers markets play a role in fighting food insecurity? That’s one of many findings that the federal Nutrition.gov website offers. In a report prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on “The What and Why of Local Foods,” researchers argue that the food security of a particular locality […]

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How Fresh and Local Supports Food Pantries

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Last week’s Food Fact from the Friends of the Market described a new initiative between the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and the Franklin Community Center’ food pantry, in which market vendors at the end of each Saturday market donate some of their less saleable items to the food pantry. This week, I’d like […]

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Saratoga farmers helping to fill food pantry with fresh and local items

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know… that the Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors have donated more than 400 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and other food items to the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry in Saratoga Springs since October 15? The donations are part of a new initiative launched by the farmers’ market and […]

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And what about parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme?

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   I recently got the chance to sample one of the hummus blends that Mark Bocian sells through his business Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus. This one blended the traditional smooth, nutty chickpea base with a sweet hint of cranberry and a dense herbal flavor. I asked Bocian what herbs he used. With a […]

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