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May 19, 2016 Yes, it snowed last week. But daffodils are blooming. The grass is green; the trees are leafing out, shadbush is in bloom and flowers adorn gardens. Spring is in full swing even in the North Countr. more »»

Parsley and chives: spring duet

May 5, 2016 “An herb is the friend of physicians and the praise of cooks. more »»


April 28, 2016 “Ridiculous as it sounds, we might be better off nutritionally if we threw away the crops that we so laboriously raise in our fields and gardens and ate the weeds that grow with no encouragement fro... more »»


April 21, 2016 At the end of March robins arrived, poking around any exposed soil in search of worms and bugs. Many celebrated Easter. Then winter returned. Now at the end of April, the lakes are open. Loons swim. more »»

Ranch dressing

April 14, 2016 Even though it is snowing, it is spring – the time to think about fresh salads. We eat salads because they’re delicious and healthy. more »»

Kraut salad is a wonderful probiotic superfood

March 31, 2016 It will be some time before fresh local greens like spinach and lettuce arrive at farmers markets and gardens. For salads, we still rely on root vegetables and sauerkraut. more »»

Apples and pears — fall duo

October 22, 2015 It’s fall. Lake swimming is over till next year. There is a chill wind and the leaves are in a blaze of full color. Fall is apple season. more »»

Glorious summer romano beans

September 17, 2015 Most Americans buy green beans that are cut in 2-inch lengths from the frozen food section, or from a can. Many are even unfamiliar with wax beans, green beans yellow cousin. more »»

Fresh, glorious summer snap beans

August 13, 2015 Fresh beans, a popular crop among home gardeners, are glorious proof that summer is truly in full swing. They come in many varieties, colors, and sizes; green and wax, bush and pole. more »»

Summer is time for salads

July 23, 2015 Salads of fresh garden greens are a special treat this time of year. Eat them as fresh as possible. Harvest lettuce, spinach, arugula and other fresh greens as close to mealtime as possible. more »»

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

June 18, 2015 It’s June. School will be out soon, and summer’s just around the corner. The Saranac Lake Farmers Market opened for the summer season on June 6 — the first Saturday in June. more »»

Parsnips: An undiscovered spring treat

May 14, 2015 Generally we think of root vegetables as a fall crop. In our area, they're dug up in October or November, before the ground freezes. more »»

New Year’s brunch — in the comfort of your PJs

December 31, 2014 An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. more »»

Daikon, the Japanese radish

December 4, 2014 The Thanksgiving holiday is over, and the garden harvest is complete. One of the last vegetables we dug up before the ground was covered in white were our daikon radishe. more »»

Throwing Concord grapes into the mix

October 9, 2014 In October the grape harvest reaches its peak and a rich, punchy scent permeates the air at farmers’ market. more »»

Tsimmes: Special treat for a sweet Rosh Hashanah

September 25, 2014 The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, began on Wednesday and ends Friday. According to our calendar it is the year 2014, but according to the Hebrew calendar it’s the beginning of the year 5775. more »»

The sauce that makes your salad sing

August 28, 2014 Homemade dressings have great fresh flavors! This is why many four-star restaurants have begun mixing salad dressings right at the table. more »»

Beet greens: another summer superfood

July 24, 2014 Once upon a time, beets were lonely outcasts, humble and reviled. But times have changed. Beets are everywhere lately. They’ve experienced a revival. more »»

What’s new at our farmers market?

July 8, 2014 Have you been to our Farmers’ Market this summer? You can find me most Saturday mornings at our village Farmers’ Market in Saranac Lake’s Riverside Par. more »»

Radishes are great, both raw and cooked

June 26, 2014 Most Americans have only had radishes raw, stirred into a salad. Some love the crispy crunch. Others find their sharp zing too spicy. If that is you, try cooking them to mellow their flavor. more »»

Summer is jamming season

August 15, 2013 It’s summer. Strawberries are past peak, but blueberries, cherries, currants and raspberries are ripe for the picking. Peaches are available at farmers markets. more »»



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