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Farmer’s Market Fare: Late Summer Mix (recipes)

I finally live in a town that has a farmer’s market – not that I lived so far from it before we moved a whole mile and a half to the new place, but there is something about being able to walk out the door with a couple of bags and walk down to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning that is particularly awesome.

August 22nd

Book Review: “Building Soils Naturally,” Organic Gardening Bible

Building Soils Naturally by Phil Nauta is an extensive (and scientific!) look at the importance of soil sustainability in organic gardening. While it may not be the most budget-friendly answer to dirt 101, but Building Soils offers an expanse of how-to knowledge to very literally lay the groundwork for any greens to grow, without asking one to buy out a Lowe’s.

August 18th

How To Make The Most Of Those Beautiful, Bountiful Tomatoes

Seasonal produce rocks, but it doesn’t get any better than a fresh, locally-grown tomato, whether you’ve nurtured it to ripeness yourself or found a friendly farmers market with an abundant supply. I find it hard to pass a market stand without grabbing a few. Unfortunately, I’m the only one in my house that eats them, so I’m always looking for ways to use those treasures before their inevitable decline. Here are my favorite ways to enjoy the best summer produce that exists: Tomatoes.

July 28th

Too Much Produce? Learn To Preserve Your Bounty Through Two Community Events

I’m fascinated by folks who can can. No, silly — not people who dance in spicy Parisian dance halls. I’m talking about folks who can can — jar, put up, preserve — fresh food for later. But I’m a bit fearful of preserving the fresh cucumbers that fill my crisper drawer. Do I know enough about food safety? What if my pickled treasures contaminate loved ones? Yikes! I need a mentor. Fortunately, help is around the corner with two upcoming “we can help you learn to preserve” events.

July 12th

Cooling, Healthy Green Diva Summer Recipes

Not sure where you are, but it is HOT, HOT, HOT here in New Jersey! So much for the global warming nay sayers! We are all about low-stress living this week, which means easy, but delicious cooking. Here are a few of my favorite summer go-to recipes that are all in rotation this week.

July 11th

Abundant Herb of the Moment: Basil

In Texas, the basil is rockin’. I’ve nurtured three plants this spring, and they are happy indeed, but I know as the summer heats up, their tender leaves will suffer. So I’m doing my best to enjoy as much of their bounty as I can now and preserve like a pioneer woman for colder times. If you love basil, I hope you’ll enjoy my quick tips for growing, using, and preserving this wonderfully spicy-yet-sweet herb.

June 30th

In Season Now: Radishes!

Cooked radishes lose most of the bite that you’d associate with the raw veggie. When you cook radishes, they turn a little bit sweet and super delicious. I like them plain, but you can top them with some salt and pepper or a squeeze of lemon if you prefer.

May 10th