What the Full Moon in January Means for Maple Syrup

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Thursday, Jan, 12 is the first full moon for 2017. At the Slate Valley Farm, Pat Imbimbo and his daughter Gina will mark the moment by beginning to tap their maple trees for the sap that will produce their syrup for this year. The logic of when to tap and for how […]

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Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 6 chicken leg quarters, split into drumsticks and thighs 6 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks 24 cloves garlic, unpeeled salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/4 cup maple syrup Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). 2. Place the butter into a roasting pan, […]

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Sweetening the Farmers’ Market

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By Mary Peryea There’s been a sweet addition to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market – Slate Valley Farms. Slate Valley sells maple syrup, honey, and an array of related products including spun maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar, and maple cream. All of the syrup and honey is produced on the 101-acre family-run farm in […]

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Friend-ing the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson As one of the organizers of the Friends of the Saratoga Market volunteer group, I’d like to thank the regular shoppers, first-time visitors, community organizations, farmers and other vendors, and most especially the market administrator for making 2016 such a rousing success for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I’d also like to invite […]

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Cheddar & Bacon Cornbread

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Recipe courtesy of Lewis Waite Farm Ingredients *Ingredients available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market • 1 cup unbleached flour; try also ½ c. whole wheat + ½ c. unbleached • 1 cup high quality (organic varieties are non-GMO) coarse cornmeal or corn flour • ¼ cup maple syrup or coconut sugar (you can also reduce […]

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Try Bacon Grease as Cooking Oil

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By Janet Lampman, Lewis Waite Farm Many of us recall growing up with a container of bacon grease near the kitchen stove. My family did not eat a lot of fried food, but a little dab of the melted bacon grease often offered an economical and flavorful way to fry fresh perch, not to mention […]

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Last Minute Potato Latkes

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Recipe adapted from ‘Easy Potato Latkes’ recipe by Martha Stewart Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients *Ingredients currently available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market • 1 yellow onion, grated or minced* • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • Pinch of cayenne pepper • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten* • ¼ […]

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Box Stocking Stuffers

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Looking for last-minute gifts or small items to tuck into stockings. Several Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors have created special stocking stuffer items, such as the two-pack bon-bons from Bon Bon Brazil and the Bon Bon Mittens knitting kits from Blind Buck Farms. Also, consider the following items: • The bright green cilantro pesto hummus from […]

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Holiday Hot Chocolate

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Recipe courtesy of The Chocolate Spoon 2-3 servings Ingredients *Ingredients currently available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market • 3 cups of chocolate milk (Battenkill Valley Creamery’s is the best!)* • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 4-6 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate pieces coarsely chopped • Chocolate marshmallows […]

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Making Farmers Markets Into a Movement

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that farmers markets play a role in fighting food insecurity? That’s one of many findings that the federal Nutrition.gov website offers. In a report prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on “The What and Why of Local Foods,” researchers argue that the food security of a particular locality […]

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