Farmers Bring Old World Tomatoes to New Clientele

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Tucked into a corner of the Saturday Saratoga Farmers’ Market is a truck, a set of tables bearing tomatoes in multiple shapes, sizes, and colors, and a grinning wood donkey, clad in overalls. The donkey, named Paco, welcomes visitors to Old World Farm and its of growing good food to nourish a […]

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A little bit of garden lore … | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson A little bit of garden lore … Friends of the Market volunteer Mary Peryea, whose story about creating a pollinator friendly garden is featured in this coming Friday’s Saratoga Today, also shares this story about her efforts to try growing zucchini, in a moderate way: “I must admit that I purchased a […]

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Building a Bee Garden through Trial and Error

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By Mary Peryea Last fall I moved from an apartment in Tupper Lake, surrounded by flower beds that I had planted over several years, to a home in Saratoga Springs that was devoid of a garden. I was determined to remedy that situation, so I transplanted some of my perennials to my new home. I […]

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Eating ‘The Rainbow’, Farmers’ Market Style

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By Pattie Garrett Photos by Pattie Garrett August is a peak produce period for farmers, and the vendor stalls at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market are bursting with color. Everything looks so good that you want to buy everything. But that abundant array also can feel a bit overwhelming. As a Registered Dietitian, let me propose […]

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The First Sign of Summer – or Fall?

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Photos by Pattie Garrett A photograph on the Facebook page of Fresh Take Farm a few weeks ago caused me to whoop in delight. The photo featured ears of fresh succulent sweet corn. The first corn of the season. Available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from Fresh Take, the Gomez Veggie Villa, […]

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Getting Crazy About Corn | Did You Know…

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Photos by Pattie Garrett Did you know that sweet corn is a vegetable, a grain, and a fruit? According to ActiveChefs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, the seeds of a cob of corn fit the definition of vegetable because the product is harvested for eating. Corn qualifies as a grain because it is grown from a […]

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Soap and Skin-Care Makers Advocate a Pure and Simple Approach

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By Julia Howard Skin plays a vital role in ensuring good health. This simple fact motivated Bob and Barbara Palulis to begin making natural soaps and skin care products for themselves and now for others through their business, Pure-N-Simple Soap. “I made the choice to be more conscientious of my diet and with all of […]

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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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