Category Archives: Food and Gardening

Potting Up

Our week-to-week vegetable gardening progress continues apace and we’ve had lots of zebrune shallots, ragged jack and dino kale, giant from Italy parsley, yellow boretta onion, and cracoviensis lettuce (from saved seed) popping up over the last couple weeks. When starting seed … Continue reading

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A Healthier (sorta) Valentine’s Day Treat

With the little guy in daycare, there is a need to supply treats every once in a while. Since we like homemade stuff, I decided to surf the web for a recipe for cut out cookies that were a bit healthier than the … Continue reading

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Seed Starting

While folks just 10 miles south of us were getting buried under the Great Blizzard of 2016, we didn’t even get a dusting of snow yesterday and we spent the day starting some of the very early tasks of the … Continue reading

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Coffee CSA

As I mentioned in the last post, we recently signed up for the North River Roasters “CSCR” – community-supported coffee roasting.  Basically, we now get coffee on a CSA subscription model. NRR is a local social venture in Poughkeepsie that will eventually … Continue reading

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Local Culture – Yogurt

(rimshot) We went on a trip to our local health food store the other day to take advantage of their bulk beans and spices.  Buying staples in bulk lets you avoid excess packaging and is therefore often cheaper than branded goods. … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Cake

It doesn’t seem like there anything about bread that should make it difficult to get farm-to-table local bread around here.  And yet. We’ve purchased a couple of loaves from local bakeries – the most recent being a loaf of tasty whole … Continue reading

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A Mostly Local Grocery Trip

Yesterday I took my first trip to the grocery store where I was trying to shop as exclusively local as I could.  We’re lucky to have a locally-owned grocery store chain – Adams Fairacre Farm – that stocks a pretty … Continue reading

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Local Sugar Substitutes: Looking at Stevia

In our last post, commenter Theresa asked “have you thought about growing (or using locally grown) stevia?” Well, it just so happens that we have access to some stevia that our CSA grows in their meditation herb garden! In addition to some … Continue reading

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The Price of Sweet

Within the first five pages of Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon’s locavore memoir, Plenty, there’s a rueful exchange about what the authors will do without sugar where they unconvincingly telling each other they’ll just use honey.  Though we’re not planning to … Continue reading

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What’s There to Eat?

The most obvious place to start for figuring out the rules of our localism challenge is food.  First, there are plenty of resources out there about how to maintain a locavore diet.  Second, the Hudson Valley is flush with local agriculture. … Continue reading

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