Getting Ready to ‘Go Outdoors’

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson More sunshine and balmier temperatures are filling the days, despite the overnight frosts that still threaten the tender seedlings being nurtured for the summer. With the increasing warmth, vendors at the year-round Saratoga Farmers’ Market are talking eagerly of “going outdoors.” “Going outdoors” means the market will make its annual move from […]

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Green Goes Beyond Great Vegetables

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director It’s not easy being green. But as one of our shoppers put it, it’s better for all of us. Camm Epstein arrived at the market to shop on a recent Saturday with a backpack. He filled his pack, and prepared for a one-mile walk home. “It’s good for me […]

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Saratoga Farmers Celebrate Easter with Colors, Flavors of Spring

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director Our late winter snowstorms and early spring chills are finally giving way to warmth. Daffodils and tulips are popping open, the berry bushes and fruit trees are starting to bud. And with spring of course comes Easter, and a plethora of bright colors and festive foods to mark the […]

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New Lambs Usher in Spring at Elihu Farm

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  By Mary Pratt Lambs, lambs and more than 70 new lambs were born on our farm in Easton last month; we call it a lambalanche. As we watch those healthy lambs race through the barnyard, we celebrate our 31st year of raising sheep. When we named our farm, Elihu Farm, we honored Elihu Gifford, […]

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Local Farmers Creating a Niche for Kohlrabi

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  By Mary Peryea Kohlrabi – that knobby looking, bulbous green vegetable – is beginning to gain a footing at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I first spotted this vegetable at a summer market up north several years ago. More recently, Paul Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm gave me a crash course on this vegetable. Arnold, […]

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Celebrate Spring at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director More often than not, spring arrives in Saratoga with snow. Temperatures still struggle to climb above freezing, and a warm cup of soup seems more soothing than a frozen fruit smoothie. Still, we know spring is coming as the snow starts to melt and the days lengthen. And with […]

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Celebrating the Irish, Slow Food Style

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson “I’ve always known inside that I’m Irish. Literally, I look like a leprechaun, there’s no denying it.” Ben Hillis, who owns Puckers’ Gourmet Pickles with his wife Kelley, made this statement with a laugh. But Irish-ness runs deep through his veins, giving him a sense of identity that he associates with values […]

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What I Eat When My Wife’s Away

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  By Jim Gupta-Carlson My home state of Minnesota is known for a few things: SPAM, Prince, and hot dish. The beauty of “hot dish” is that one word: dish. Everything goes into a single dish. I love food, particularly the good food that we make with produce and meats and other goods from the […]

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Future farmers – Or at Least Future Farmers’ Market Shoppers

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By Julia Howard, Saratoga Farmers’ Market Director One value of making a shopping trip to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market a part of your weekly routine is the connection that it inspires between you, your food, and the farmers who grow it. Over the past two years, we have worked to deepen that connection by making […]

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Dreaming of Summer with Winter-Time Steaks

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  By Pattie Garrett Winter is edging toward spring. We might be daydreaming of summer evenings on the deck, savoring a steak from a pasture-raised cow raised by Longlesson, Lewis Waite, M&A, or Norseman farms grilled over a barbecue. Yet, as the chill from the still lingering snow emanates upwards, we quickly shift that line […]

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