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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Shopping at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, Naturally

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Walking outdoors in December carries a special allure. Often, it is cold – but not frigid; damp – but not soaking wet; gray but crisp. It is nature – like a cat – beginning to curl up for the winter’s nap, fully fed and content. Much of what the Saratoga Farmers’ Market […]

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Saratoga Farmers’ Market Offers A Veritable Harvest

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Good food grown by great farmers is the theme of this special feature on Thanksgiving and the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Both good food and great farmers are what make spending Saturday mornings at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market enticing, particularly in the feasting months of November and December. The market moves tomorrow to its winter location […]

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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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Holiday Vendors at Saratoga Farmers’ Market Offer Seasonal Specials

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The holiday shopping season is upon us. But before you prepare to dive into the crowded shopping center parking lots, consider how the Saratoga Farmers’ Market might make holiday shopping a more affordable and localized experience. The market is kicking off the holiday season tomorrow with its regular vendors who offer […]

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Creating Your ‘Horn of Plenty’

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Food blogger and photographer Pattie Garrett and I were trading ideas for cooking various vegetables last month when the traditional Thanksgiving cornucopia came up. Pattie recalled that her mother had always had a “horn of plenty” on her Thanksgiving meal tables but that she herself hadn’t carried on the tradition. Pattie’s stories […]

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Giving Thanks to the Pumpkin

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The bold orange hue of pumpkins makes fall festive in Saratoga. But as the vivid glow of fall gives way to the wetness of winter, a question arises: What to do with the bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squashes? The best answer, of course, is to eat them, […]

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World’s Easiest Acorn Squash Recipe

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  This recipe, adapted from Southern Living, allows for the hard winter squashes that provide the perfect stored crops for the winter an opportunity to cook while you sleep. All you need is butter, maple syrup, and a crockpot (or slow cooker). And, of course, the squash. ½ cup water 2 acorn squashes, cut in […]

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Turkeys and the Farmers Who Grow Them

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Fresh and local defines the ethos of the farmers who bring their products each week to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. That commitment presents an especially strong challenge to the farmers who raise turkeys for market customers, when one considers what it takes to sustainably raise a delicious turkey from birth to […]

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Roots of the Green Bean Casserole | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know … that the green bean casserole was a home economist’s creation? Home economist Dorcas Reilly was working for the Campbell’s Soup Co. test kitchens in New Jersey in 1955 when she received a phone call from a reporter seeking a recipe for a vegetable side dish. According to a […]

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