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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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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Going for the Greens

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Saturdays in April signal a transition at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Tones of brown, orange, and red root vegetables – are giving way to green. . Bunches of chives, bags of tender yet crisp pea shoots, and such unusual items as kalette make shopping for a meal almost seem like an opportunity […]

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Sweet Cruciferous Vegetables | Did You Know…

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Why are there so many cruciferous vegetables available at the farmers’ market year-round? One way of answering that question is to look at how cold weather treats such crops. Chilly nights in November, December and even through January actually have the potential to make such vegetables as kale, turnips, kohlrabi, rutabaga, and arugula taste sweeter. […]

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The “Dark Side” | Did You Know…

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Did you know … That the “dark side” of buckwheat honey is actually quite good for you? Honeymaker Rick Green, who owns Ballston Apiaries, has been selling a darker toned honey produced from bees ingesting buckwheat for the past several years. He advertises the product with a whimsical sign that encourages shoppers to “come over […]

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