Creating Communities of Support Around Agriculture

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson If you’re a regular Saratoga Farmers’ Market shopper, chances are you’ve seen flyers at vendor stalls promoting CSAs. The acronym stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Its meaning, however, goes even deeper. CSAs offer consumers the opportunity to form a direct relationship with a farmer by purchasing what is known as a “share” […]

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Growing a Garden When Spring Takes its Time Coming

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson It’s May. Tulips are blooming, the scent of lilacs fills the air. And how are our gardens growing? Well, maybe, they’re not. For many home gardeners, this spring has been challenging, as the weather has swung from sunny and 70s to gray and rainy with threats of overnight frosts. If you’re like […]

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Coloring Easter Eggs Using Natural Dyes

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Shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table Supply List *supplies available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market • 1 dozen eggs, any color* • 1 cup chopped red cabbage per cup of water* — makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs • 1 cup shredded beets per cup of water* — makes pink or purple […]

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Chocolate’s Journey | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson When you visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market this Saturday, we invite you to start your trip with a stop at Something’s Brewing and have a hot drink: coffee, tea, cider, or perhaps chocolate. Then, make a stop at the Chocolate Spoon for a cookie flavored perhaps with black pepper, ginger, cayenne, or […]

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Loving Your Chocolate … Even More

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson What defines a chocoholic? Well, maybe me. I can eat chocolate every day, or drink it. I love it as a sweet, topped with fruit, and even sometimes shaved finely over a kale and walnut salad or stirred into a savory dish like chili. I have been known to sneak a couple […]

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Beginning with the Base

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson What’s the secret to a great chowder? According to Dave DeLozier, chowder chef for Moby Rick’s Seafood Company, the retail outlet for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s Pura Vida Fisheries, it’s all about the base “That’s the hardest thing to get right,” said DeLozier. DeLozier spoke with me last weekend at Moby Rick’s, […]

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Salads Year Round | Did You Know…

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Did you know that you can grow greens for salads year round? Without a greenhouse. Without grow lights. Without a heating mat. Peter Burke has come up with an ingenious idea for year round indoor salad gardening, which he shared in a workshop at last year’s Northeast Organic Farming Association of New […]

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A Winter’s Salute to Kale

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Admittedly, kale jokes abound. But that’s only because this green leafy vegetable – once primarily the domain of fancy plate garnishes – has evolved into a farmers’ market staple year round. Shannon Cowan describes kale in a blog piece for Earth Easy (a website devoted to sustainable living) as the “workhorse of […]

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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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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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