How To Pick Out Fruit (new chart from Shari’s Berries)

While I am in the midst of a blog redesign, please take a look at this new chart Shari’s Berries has shared with me via email. It offers useful advice on how to pick out fresh fruit at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Julissa, Community Outreach for Shari’s Berries, writes: “Whether you’re shopping for ...

The Husband Cooked Blue Apron: Review

Well, that was an interesting month. Back to work. Recently I received an offer from Blue Apron in the mail, a discount on my first order, to entice me to try the meal delivery service. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for the blog for a while, so I placed my first order, assigning ...

Slow Food International Menu For Change Photo Roundup

The last time you heard from me, I mentioned I was participating in a Slow Food International challenge. The challenge was to cook two meals a week, for three weeks, using ingredients from within a 200-mile radius of my home. I’ve been sharing photos of these meals on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but in case ...

Farmers’ Market End-of-Season Report/Menu For Change Challenge

I was sequestered in my sewing room for much of the last two weeks, finishing up a cosplay for The Boy to wear to a local anime convention last weekend. Here’s what’s new. The outdoor farmers’ markets have ended in my neck of the woods. We have an indoor market here in town during the ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #15, September 2017

I was feeling a powerful “bring the harvest home” vibe last week, with the Fall Equinox tickling the hairs on the back of my neck. My farmers’ market purchases reflect that. Some of my purchases were meant to be enjoyed right away, but some were bought specifically because they will keep for a while, to ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #14, September 2017

The farmers’ market was a joy this week, with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and baked goods to choose from. As you can see, I struggled to restrain myself, and it looks a bit like I brought home a little of everything. I promise I didn’t. I could not resist the cinnamon rolls and ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #13, September 2017

The growing season is winding down here in northern New England. But there were still some lovely surprises waiting at the farmers’ market and the CSA this week. There is a new bread vendor at the farmers’ market, and that loaf of bread was as crusty and yeasty and chewy as it looks, fantastic slathered ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Reports #11 & #12, August/September 2017

This week’s double report is brought to you by my complete preoccupation with making this happen: In the planning and execution of The Boy’s 17th birthday dinner and cake, I completely forgot to post that week’s report. But it was worth it. Here are the farmers’ market acquisitions from two weeks ago. Those peaches were ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #10, August 2017

This was a week full of discovery, connection, and wonder. The farmers’ market kicked it off. I spent extra time at the market this week, in conversation with the farmers and producers of the items I bought. This yielded some great personal stories that ranged widely from motherhood and family, to community outreach, to climate ...

Farmers’ Market/CSA Report #9, August 2017

Being at the farm, or the farmers' market, provides me so much more than food. The farmers' market is a chance for social connection, a community of people who value food, and feeding people, the way I do. The farm is always an oasis of quiet, persistent effort and dedication, a place I always find peace even though it is on a well-traveled road not far from my own neighborhood.

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