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Walking on a beach with friends in Otaki, New Zealand I mentioned I was interested in basket weaving. “Oh the man who made the baskets in Lord of the Rings is just up the street” said one of them. So off we went! Mr. Douglas welcomed us in and shared tips for good baskets: Don’t […]

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Chive Flower Vinegar

Chive flower vinegar is delicious and easy to make! Pick fresh chive flowers. Pack a clean jar two-thirds full with the flowers. Add white vinegar. Let sit for two weeks in a cool, dark place then strain and enjoy! Someone just commented that they like making a chive butter too.  What do you like doing […]

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New Roots is a flourishing urban farm with much to offer. Papaya Guava Chickens!

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California Citrus!

I’m visiting my family in Southern California and there is glorious citrus everywhere. Salted citrus in lemon juice brine with bay leaves and pepper corns. This will be ready in 3-4 weeks when the rind softens. Here’s a NYT recipe for preserved lemons.

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Oranges are in season right now and staying inside on a cold, rainy day to make marmalade is a great way to pass the time.  Your whole house will smell wonderful! To make marmalade follow these steps: Peel off the skin by scoring the orange with a knife so you can carefully remove it in […]

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A cold dreary day like today calls for Beanier Brownies! They are fabulously easy to make and great for people who want to cut down on dairy and boost their protein and fiber intake. Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Open the powdered brownie mix and put in a bowl. Open the can of beans […]

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By guest writer, Rae Steinbach While winter might not be the busiest period of time for a farmer, it’s a season that can be tough on a farm. The freezing temperatures, snow, sleet, and ice can put a lot of stress on the land and outbuildings, and it can also be tough on livestock.  If […]

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Guest post by Ali Clarke Winter is coming – to the Pacific Northwest, that is. The weather may feel mild, but urban farmers still need to perform basic garden maintenance in order to ensure that produce can continue growing through the year’s nippier months. With fifteen percent of the world’s food production coming from agricultural plots in some of […]

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Here is an old family pumpkin pie recipe from my husband’s aunt, Betsy Stapleton.  She makes this for special events and it’s always a favorite.  Besides it tasting good, I like that it doesn’t use evaporated milk. Recipe Put in a frying pan: One large can of pumpkin puree One teaspoon ginger One teaspoon salt Two teaspoons cinnamon One pinch nutmeg Cook, stirring […]

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Each year I just can’t resist getting a big box of apples this time of year. It used to take me forever to carefully peel the apples, cut them up and remove the icky bits.  Last spring I went to a rummage sale and a friend handed me a weird looking contraption. “This is exactly […]

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