Rhubarb offers a tart, yet juicy taste of early summer

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson, photos by Pattie Garrett   As a child, Pattie Garrett did what so many youngsters do to this day. She marked the spots in her neighborhood where rhubarb grew. She’d zoom in, break off a stalk and eat it raw. Neighbors didn’t mind because when rhubarb was in season it grew quite […]

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Chilled Asparagus Soup

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Chilled Asparagus Soup Recipe shared by Diane Whitten at Cornell Cooperative Extension Makes 6 servings. Nutrition per serving: 60 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0g sat fat, 8g carbs, 3g protein, 80 mg sodium. Ingredients *Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market 1 pound fresh asparagus* 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup sliced scallions* 3 tablespoons […]

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Sweet Potato Salad with Apples, Raisins and Shallots

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Adapted from the recipe by Miss Annie on www.geniuskitchen.com Serves 6-8 Cook and prep time: 20 minutes INGREDIENTS *Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market 4 cups sweet potatoes*, peeled and cut into ½” cubes 2 tart apples*, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup raisins ½ cup pecan pieces, toasted (optional) Juice of 1 orange […]

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Spring Festival Highlights Local Food Systems

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The Saratoga Farmers’ Market hosts its third annual Spring Festival tomorrow. Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the festival will feature hourly workshops and family-friendly activities aimed at helping both market regulars and newcomers gain a stronger understanding of how the local food system operates. All of the workshops are free, […]

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When Sap Starts to Run, Spring is About to Come

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   Pat Imbimbo starts plotting out spring in the cold darkness of January. For him and for his family, this means trekking across the 101 acres that make up their Slate Valley Farm, inspecting the health of their 2,600 or so maple trees, and preparing to install taps, buckets and other equipment […]

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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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