Veggie Valet Wagons | Did You Know…

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Did you know …That those wagons that you see trolling up and down the sidewalks and walkways of the Saturday market are there for you? The wagons are part of the Veggie Valet service that the volunteer organization Friends of the Saratoga Market operates. Customers are invited to leave bags at the Friends tent, located […]

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Saratoga Farmers’ Market to join artists, musicians, and others at Farm Fest Friday

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By Jeremy Riccardi Saratoga Arts Fest presents Farm Fest, a one-if-a-kind community event taking place next Friday, June 3, 5-7:30 p.m. The free, family friendly event will take place at the High Rock Park pavilions where the farmers’ market normally operates on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. It will feature a variety of arts; music, […]

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Green Garlic | Did You Know…

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Did you know that … Green garlic is more than a mere prelude to the summer garlic harvest? Green garlic actually is a healthful, flavorful delicacy in and of itself. According to Health Benefits Times, a website dedicated to healthful eating, green garlic is essentially an immature garlic bulb. It is harvested in early spring […]

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Plan, then plant | Did You Know…

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Did you know that … Spring planning can lay the foundation for healthy plants in the summer and fall? The first step to building that foundation is soil testing. Talk with the master gardeners at the Saratoga Farmers’ Markets, and bring in a small zip-lock bag or cup full of your soil. For $1, the […]

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What’s What in the World of Compost?

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The Friends of the Saratoga Market will soon begin accepting compost from home gardeners to donate to local farmers and community gardeners. If you are unable to use your own compost, please consider offering it free of charge to the Friends. In the meantime, here are some basic tips for getting to know compost: Yard […]

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Turning Today’s Scraps into Tomorrow’s Topsoil

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By Sadie Ross If you visit one of the 40,000 farms in New York State, chances are that you’ll be greeted by a smell that evokes pungent goodness. It is neither the scent of a fresh harvest nor the fragrance of bee and butterfly attracting flowers. Rather, it is compost, the rotting remains of yard […]

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One-Hit Wonders of Spring | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson One of the loveliest aspects of spring in our part of upstate New York is the arrival of one-hit wonders: wild or cultivated foods that are only available fresh for a few short weeks at some random window of time between mid-April and early June. Among the stars of the list are […]

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Discovering Saratoga Through the Farmers’ Market

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By Mary Peryea I moved to Saratoga Springs last October from the small Adirondack town of Tupper Lake after retiring from my position as news editor at the local weekly newspaper. I had made many visits to the Spa City prior to my move, and on one of them I discovered what I consider to […]

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The Bitter Truth: Broccoli Rabe | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that broccoli rabe is actually not broccoli at all? Yes, it is true. A web site run by the Stono Farm Mark in South Carolina notes that this interesting vegetable is actually more like a turnip than broccoli. It does, however, belong to the Brassica family of plants, as […]

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“Poetic Wonder” | Did you know …

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  Did you know that many farmers are poets, too? According to Philip Baruth, a professor at the University of Vermont, those who work outdoors with soil, the seasons, plants, and animals often sustain a body-mind connection that leads to what he calls “poetic wonder.” “It’s close contemplation of a small bit of ground, so […]

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