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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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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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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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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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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Locally Grown Sweet Potatoes Add a Fat-Free, Nutritional Boost

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By Mary Peryea Did you know that the sweet potato is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet. This orange tuber offers an unsurpassed source of beta carotene; providing 214 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin A in a single cup serving; and a significant source of Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B6, […]

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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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Farmers Bring Old World Tomatoes to New Clientele

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Tucked into a corner of the Saturday Saratoga Farmers’ Market is a truck, a set of tables bearing tomatoes in multiple shapes, sizes, and colors, and a grinning wood donkey, clad in overalls. The donkey, named Paco, welcomes visitors to Old World Farm and its of growing good food to nourish a […]

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Growing a New Generation of Farmers

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By Julia Howard Agriculture is vital to the health of rural communities such as the Saratoga region. Yet, for many years, the health of agriculture has been in doubt. The average age of those who farm full-time is over 60, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture continually reports that the number of young people who […]

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