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Quality wheat on the left, rejects on the right.

{Grain Brains} King Arthur Flour

In the fall of 2013, l I got to dive into King Arthur Flour. From a little hello at the county fair – where my son displayed a poster about how wheat grows in different soils – I learned that the vice president of the company lived in the neighboring county. A few emails later, […]

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{Farm Aid 2013} Makin’ Bacon Escapades

A few weekends ago a few of us had the immense priviledge of attending FarmAid, right in our own backyard. We got to assist in the Homegrown Skills tent showing people an array of demos sourced from the blog. Initially I didn’t know how many people would want to wander to our tent when so […]

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{GRAIN BRAINS CHALLENGE} RYE ON THE BRAIN

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. I grew rye this year. My son and I planted it in the fall, in a much smaller plot than we’d planted wheat the year before. That year, we had new land that we’d scraped of urban rubble […]

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Market stand and my kiddo hanging out with me.

{my farming journey} The Big Wrap Up

I can hardly believe it, but I only have about a month left of markets. I’ve been selling at the Thursday Ballston Spa Market, and this market was perfect for me for several reasons. For starters, the area I grow on is small. At most it’s about 500 square feet. This means I don’t have […]

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{photo diary} Farms, Food and Photography

Words: Amy Halloran Images: Ellie Markovitch When Ellie Markovitch began organizing a Farms, Food and Photography Teen Camp the Agricultural Stewardship Association and the Arts Center of the Capital Region, she asked me if I wanted to do a class on pancakes. Of course I said yes because there are few moments I don’t want to talk about […]

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Home-cured duck breast prosciutto

{fancy food club} We’re Bringing Fancy Back

Awhile back I wrote a piece about our Fancy Food Club. Since the other three couples in our club were Navy families, they have since moved from the area. This just left Chris and I and we certainly weren’t prepared to give up FFC. So, here’s a quick recap of what it is: a group […]

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{meet the meat} Grass Fed Ground Beef

You wouldn’t think that ground beef would need it’s own blog post, would you?  Well, it does. Ground beef from feedlots (ie. the stuff you generally get in the conventional grocery store) is relatively forgiving.   You can cook the heck out of it and it still tastes the same.  Many a frying pan of taco […]

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Experimenting with Green Wheat: Freekeh & Gruenkern

While obsessively researching wheat on the web, my husband Michael came across a description of freekeh, or Gruenkern (pronounced groon cairn), that is, green wheat.  It is apparently something of a craze in certain foodie/grainy circles of people and a traditional food in both the Middle East and a few villages near Wurzburg, Germany; go […]

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{Know Your Farmer} tangleroot farm & my kohlrabi salad

We have new farmers this year. They fell into our lap at the last minute and I couldn’t be happier. I’m still getting to know them, but from what I can tell so far we were lucky to find them because their veggies are outstanding. I had hoped to sign up for a CSA this […]

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buckwheat in the field

{Brain Grains Challenge} Buckwheat Amy

Grain Brains Challenge A recipe challenge to help you get whole grains into your mouth, not just your kitchen. Buckwheat is one of those good for you foods that are hard to use. I tend to buy groats or kasha when I’m on a mission to expand my food horizons and the stuff sits in the cupboard, […]

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Baby Back Ribs

{meet the meat} Baby Back Ribs

Ribs. Dang, I love ribs. Beef Short ribs, St. Louis Style Ribs, Baby Back ribs…  There is just something about gnawing on a bone that brings out the Fred Flintstone in me. The baby back ribs are the cut that are the closest to the loin which sits on top of the spine of the […]

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The finished product.

{recipe} Vivid Choi Salad Dressing

This week is the first time I’ll be working at a farmers’ market for myself. For 4 years I have (and still do) work with Kilpatrick Family Farm at the Saratoga & Glens Falls Farmers’ Markets. I really, truly love it. Since starting Little Sparrow Farm I was uncertain about how I’d sell my products […]

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{meet the meat} Pork Shoulder

I’m not shy about my love of meat.   Some poor misguided soul recently confused me with someone who does “Meatless Mondays” on a regular basis. Um… no. Don’t get me wrong.  I do enjoy a nice veggie meal once in a while (I’m looking at you, mujaddara), but more often than not, what I look […]

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My growing area in the front of my house. It used to be my garden. Those are pea trellises made from PVC pipe and netting.

{my farming journey} The Season Begins

If you caught my previous post, then you already know I’m trying to start a micro farm this year called Little Sparrow Farm. In mid March I started my seeds with some grow lights in my basement. In late March I went out-of-town for a week and my husband was in charge of the seedlings. […]

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How the hives looked when I got out there. Each had 3 medium hive bodies over the winter.

{the honeybee saga} Returning to the Hives

This week I could finally go out and check on my bees since I buttoned them up in the fall. I went out with some jugs of sugar syrup and the feeder boxes. Some people feed their bees all winter, but where my two hives are located I couldn’t really get to them all winter. […]

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