A Worldwide View of Zucchini

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Okay, everyone has a zucchini story. Here’s mine: In the first year that my husband and I gardened in upstate New York, we discovered that in our dry sandy soil, one vegetable grew especially well. That was zucchini. It grew, and multiplied, and got gigantic. We ate it, pureed it, made breads, […]

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Growing a New Generation of Farmers

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By Julia Howard Agriculture is vital to the health of rural communities such as the Saratoga region. Yet, for many years, the health of agriculture has been in doubt. The average age of those who farm full-time is over 60, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture continually reports that the number of young people who […]

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Red Currants | Did You Know…

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Did you know … that the growing of Red Currants was banned in the United States in the early twentieth century? Red currants are a small, glossy, bright red berry. They are available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market through July from such berry farmers as Scotch Ridge Farms. The berries were grown widely in the […]

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Back to the Land with Blind Buck Farm

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By Carolyn Shapiro Located in Salem, New York, Blind Buck Farm is home to a variety of fiber-bearing animals, whose fleece is hand-­collected, made into yarn and roving at local mills, and returned to the farm to be dyed with metal-­free, non­toxic dyes. “By keeping our own flocks, we can guarantee that all of our […]

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Saratoga Area Farmers to Offer “Do It Yourself” Workshops

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By Julia Howard Albert Einstein once described experience as the ultimate source of knowledge. In a similar vein, many people have embraced the spirit of teaching that is captured in the saying, “give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them to fish and you feed them for life.” For […]

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Kale & Blueberries | Did You Know…

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Did you know …That kale and blueberries are a match made in heaven? Think about it: deep purple and dark green. Two colors that can’t help but look stunning together. And think further about the antioxidants and other nutrients that both of these powerhouse items of produce bring to the palate. And, finally, imagine the […]

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Baker Adds a Sweet & Sassy Touch to the Market

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By Sarah Morin “I can’t play favorites with my sweets,” confesses Julie Paul. “Everyday it changes. If something isn’t a favorite, I work tirelessly to make it that way.” Paul is the owner of Sweet and Sassy Confections, one of the newest vendors at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. She bakes homemade cookies, biscotti, buttercream cookie […]

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Squash Blossoms | Did You Know…

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Did you know …That squash blossoms aren’t just pretty to look at; they taste good, too. As squash begins to come into season, gardens and farm fields sport an array of attractive deep yellow blossoms. Some of these blossoms are female and will become pollinated, which will then lead to the squash fruits themselves. However, […]

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Arugula is a Rocket | Did You Know…

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Do you know …Why arugula also is known as rocket? Technically, arugula’s nickname is derived from its scientific name “eruca sativa.” However, some food- and gardening-lovers’ web sites claim that the leafy vegetable gets its name for the lightning fast speed at which it grows. Arugula is a cool season plant with an aromatic scent […]

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New Home Care Product Line Keeps it Clean and Green

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By Julia Howard About 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffer allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Karie Pastore, one of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s newest vendors, is among them. Pastore owns Wash Green and Clean, a line of all natural, allergen friendly home and body care products. […]

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