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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Sweetening the Farmers’ Market

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By Mary Peryea There’s been a sweet addition to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market – Slate Valley Farms. Slate Valley sells maple syrup, honey, and an array of related products including spun maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar, and maple cream. All of the syrup and honey is produced on the 101-acre family-run farm in […]

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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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Try Bacon Grease as Cooking Oil

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By Janet Lampman, Lewis Waite Farm Many of us recall growing up with a container of bacon grease near the kitchen stove. My family did not eat a lot of fried food, but a little dab of the melted bacon grease often offered an economical and flavorful way to fry fresh perch, not to mention […]

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Box Stocking Stuffers

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Looking for last-minute gifts or small items to tuck into stockings. Several Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors have created special stocking stuffer items, such as the two-pack bon-bons from Bon Bon Brazil and the Bon Bon Mittens knitting kits from Blind Buck Farms. Also, consider the following items: • The bright green cilantro pesto hummus from […]

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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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Artists Bring A Dash of Style to Farmers’ Market

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Farming and fashion are not exactly synonymous. Yet, as you visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market tomorrow and on Christmas Eve, you might start to wonder why this is so. In between carrots and chard, handcrafted cheeses and farm raised meats, milks and yogurts are artists who are also farmers or inspired by […]

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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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Stocking Up on Self-Care at the Farmers’ Market

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson The season of giving often feels overwhelming: The appeals from charity, gift lists, card lists, parties’ lists, cooking lists, and the push –commercialized – to be festive and jolly, no matter what. Amid this frenzy, it seems only appropriate to ask whether you have put care of the self on your holiday […]

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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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