Celebrating the Humble yet Holy Pumpkin

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The orange curves of our seasonal pumpkins offer an eye-catching sight at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in late fall. And tomorrow these gorgeous gourds will take center stage as the market hosts its annual Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkins appeal to our aesthetic and playful impulses: We use them to decorate, to carve […]

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Creating Great Cheese Starts with Happy Animals

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By Julia Howard, Market Administrator “Happy goats (and sheep) make great cheese” has been Nettle Meadow Farm owners Lorraine Lambiase and Sheila Flanagan’s motto ever since they first began creating cheese. That motto embodies their desire to share their products and philosophy with others in the Saratoga area. Nettle Meadow joined the Saratoga Farmers’ Market […]

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Cultivate Your Sensual Side with Garlic

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   Now that the stars of summer – tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants – are starting to exit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market stalls, it’s time to turn attention to one of our area’s more sensually spicy offerings: garlic. Garlic is typically planted in mid-October after some frosts but before the ground has frozen. It […]

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Farmers Fill Franklin Community Center Food Pantry

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   Every Saturday at the end of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, volunteers collect some of the best of our local bounty: apples, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and maple syrup, among other items. These donated goods go from the farmers directly to the food pantry at the Franklin Community Center. I began facilitating this […]

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Saratoga Cafe Brings its Special Touch of Sweetness to Farmers’ Market

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By Julia Howard, Market Director   My first taste of mixed berry jelly from The Country Corner Cafe convinced me that not all canned fruits are created equal. The flavor was pure fruit enhanced by a touch of sweetness. I was excited. “We use half the sugar in our jams and jellies and pies,” said […]

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Protecting Your Garden Harvest as the Seasons Change

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   If you’re a backyard vegetable grower, you might plan your garden around the last and first frost dates. The last frost date – usually May 20 – signifies the date that it starts to become safe to transplant such tender seedlings as tomatoes, squashes, and peppers outdoors. The first frost date […]

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From Hiking Boots to High Rock: Saving the Planet with Farmers’ Markets

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By Marley Bonacquist-Currin   A year ago I left the United States in my hiking boots with high hopes of learning to save the planet. Three months later, having learned a lifetime of lessons from a 100 person eco-village in Iceland, I returned to my home country, full of excitement and enthusiasm for doing what […]

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Cooking on a College Student’s Budget

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  By Courtney Kramer I spent the summer of 2017 as a Saratoga Farmers’ Market intern. Before that point, I had no experience whatsoever with farmers’ markets. However, I did have an innate passion for fresh meals with locally grown produce. As a result, I came to the internship with a desire to learn how […]

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Saratoga Farmers’ Market Keeps It Local

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is all about being local: Fresh-from-the-farm produce, eggs, and meats fill many stalls. Locally produced cheeses and yogurt beckon buyers. And lemonades flavored with local lavender, wines made with local grapes, ciders pressed from local apples, beers crafted with regional hops, and locally distilled spirits add even […]

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A Tragic Tale of Zucchini

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  By Mary Peryea Last summer, I made an attempt at gardening by planting one zucchini and two tomato plants.  I’m a big fan of tomato sandwiches and all things zucchini, especially moist, luscious zucchini bread.  Well, the tomatoes did okay and I had plenty of sandwiches.  The zucchini, on the other hand, was a […]

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