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This year the strawberry crop is huge, sweet and delectable.  With all this bounty it’s time to make jam!  Here’s how to put summer in a jar using a low sugar Pomona Pectin recipe.                            

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Pickled Snow Peas

Each summer I start off eating the new pea pods thinking there will never be enough, soon it’s time for succulent stir fries with mushrooms and chicken then before I know it there are snow peas everywhere and I don’t know what to do with them.  Last year I tried pickling them and they are […]

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Dill Pickles

My family loves pickles. We like them with bowls of steaming brown rice, on fresh crusty bread and sometime just straight up from the jar. They are easy to make and full of healthful probiotics. Ingredients: 1/4 cup pickling salt 2 quarts water 1.5 pounds pickling cucumbers 1/2 T red pepper flakes 2 cloves garlic […]

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Summer has been here for a while and the raspberries are ripe and ready!  Turning the berries into jam is an easy, almost magical process that brings back the flavors of summer deep into winter. Of all the jams I make raspberry is by far the one that people like the most. This is great as […]

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The Portage Bay Grange on Roosevelt in the University District, is a great place to learn skills, pick up high quality feed, get new chicks and meet great people interested in urban farming. Here’s an interview with owner and founder Kevin Scott-Vandenberge. UFH – What path led you to opening the Grange? My wife-partner Kirsten […]

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On our way to Chicago we stopped in the town of Beloit for some fuel for the car and some fuel for ourselves. We followed the signs to the downtown area and stumbled upon this amazing place. It is a grocery store, a restaurant, and a cafe all in one. I had the biscuits and […]

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Hello again from Scotland! I am here to share some recipes I have picked up while WWOOFing. My hosts, Josine and JP, are all about getting the most out of their harvest. In my time here, we have made three recipes from plants that can be found growing wild in Scotland. The rowan berries are bursting […]

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The Hunt for the Perfect Pickle

My husband doesn’t just sort of like pickles, he adores them.  It’s not just any pickle on the pinnacle though, it’s the elusive, chimerical east coast half-sour that he really is jonesing for.  On our recent trip to Boston we visited his grandmother then made the pilgrimage to the eastern European deli on the corner […]

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“Brand new washboards!” called an enthusiastic young woman to her friend at Lehman’s store this afternoon. I understood just how she felt; everywhere I looked I saw new versions of things that I’ve only seen in museums. Lehman’s started in 1955 to serve the needs of local Amish people. As the Amish use little to […]

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U-Pick

We love fresh local produce but can’t always afford it.  An economical and fun way to access our amazing bounty is by picking the fruits and vegetables yourself.  We usually pick raspberries, blueberries and sometimes do peas and beets depending on our own garden’s output.  Most farms are organic or do minimal spraying and it’s […]

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