Growing Sweet Potatoes – From Scratch

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   Late last winter, I wanted to try growing sweet potatoes from my own slips. I asked Paul Arnold, of Pleasant Valley Farm, for advice. Arnold, a year-round produce vendor at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, donates a bin of these tasty, nutrient dense tubers each week to the Franklin Community Center food […]

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Planning Spring Plantings

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   Ten days ago, as temperatures hit the 60s, I looked at the fresh-cut tree I had gotten at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in December. It still smelled fresh but was drying out. Time to take it down and to think about filling its space with seed trays for the spring. Farmers […]

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Protecting Your Garden Harvest as the Seasons Change

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   If you’re a backyard vegetable grower, you might plan your garden around the last and first frost dates. The last frost date – usually May 20 – signifies the date that it starts to become safe to transplant such tender seedlings as tomatoes, squashes, and peppers outdoors. The first frost date […]

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A Tragic Tale of Zucchini

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  By Mary Peryea Last summer, I made an attempt at gardening by planting one zucchini and two tomato plants.  I’m a big fan of tomato sandwiches and all things zucchini, especially moist, luscious zucchini bread.  Well, the tomatoes did okay and I had plenty of sandwiches.  The zucchini, on the other hand, was a […]

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Growing Mushrooms Nourishes the Palate and Environment

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson My husband and I are slowly creating a mushroom garden. We filled two oak logs with oyster mushroom spawn in 2015. After harvesting a handful of mushrooms that fall, we added about more logs last summer, to grow shiitake and lion’s mane. This spring, we are adding wine cap and cinnamon caps […]

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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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Saratoga Farmers Bring Fresh Produce to Market – Even in February

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director February often feels like a frigid countdown to spring. A visit to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s winter location might change that perception. You’ll find tables loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, salad greens and spinach, kale, cabbage, carrots, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes and potatoes, winter squash, and beets.             Where does […]

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And what about parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme?

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   I recently got the chance to sample one of the hummus blends that Mark Bocian sells through his business Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus. This one blended the traditional smooth, nutty chickpea base with a sweet hint of cranberry and a dense herbal flavor. I asked Bocian what herbs he used. With a […]

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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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