Garden Won’t Grow? Master Gardeners might know why

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  By Mary Peryea Earlier this summer, I purchased a lovely little zucchini plant at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I planted it in my yard and lovingly tended it. And then one day the plant disappeared. What could have happened? Back to the farmers’ market I went, this time to consult with the master gardeners. […]

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Plant Tomatoes | Here’s How To Do It

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  By Mary Peryea Count me among the 95 percent of home gardeners who want to grow tomatoes – and among the many who count on the expertise of the veteran Saratoga Farmers’ Market vegetable plant growers to help me do it. When I shopped for tomato plants in mid-May, I wanted an heirloom variety […]

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Savoring the Spears of Spring

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Growing asparagus might be like raising a child. You plant it once. You nurture its tender shoots, and then you watch it grow so fast that you can barely harvest it fast enough. For farmers, asparagus requires patience and an intense amount of labor. It also brings unending joy. “It’s really something […]

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Green Goes Beyond Great Vegetables

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director It’s not easy being green. But as one of our shoppers put it, it’s better for all of us. Camm Epstein arrived at the market to shop on a recent Saturday with a backpack. He filled his pack, and prepared for a one-mile walk home. “It’s good for me […]

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Local Farmers Creating a Niche for Kohlrabi

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  By Mary Peryea Kohlrabi – that knobby looking, bulbous green vegetable – is beginning to gain a footing at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. I first spotted this vegetable at a summer market up north several years ago. More recently, Paul Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm gave me a crash course on this vegetable. Arnold, […]

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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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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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Giving Thanks to the Pumpkin

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The bold orange hue of pumpkins makes fall festive in Saratoga. But as the vivid glow of fall gives way to the wetness of winter, a question arises: What to do with the bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squashes? The best answer, of course, is to eat them, […]

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Anticipating Fall Frosts

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Photos by Pattie Garrett Frost advisory. That phrase popped up on my iPhone’s weather app last Saturday morning. My husband and I had a busy day, but we knew we would have to hustle if we wanted to save what was left of our garden. Frosts are like bookends to a gardening […]

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The Sweet Sensation of Bitter Melon

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson I can’t let the summer pass without at least one thought about my favorite gourd, the bitter melon. It is a light green, somewhat bumpy cylindrical squash sold at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market primarily by The Otrembiak’s. It is native to China but popular throughout southeast and South Asia. I grew up […]

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