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{Ask FSC} Pick our brains

If you are looking at the fine print, you will notice that this is not Chris, but Jeni B.  We know things have been pretty quiet around here lately, and we thank you so much for sticking with us while we rearrange a few things. I am honored and excited that Chris has asked me […]

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Bowls of tomatoes, waiting for fruit flies to find them

The Garden’s Last Gasp: Fried Green Tomatoes

We pulled our tomato plants just before the killing frost last week and although we simply threw most of them onto our long-term compost pile, we hesitated over the remains of our heirloom plants. We decided to pick out the rest of those tomatoes, both green and red.  Michael said, “How about fried green tomatoes?” […]

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Grapes trellised on the side of our house

{diy project} Wine Grape Jelly

A few years ago my husband planted four wine grape vines to trellis up around our deck and onto the side of our house.  He bought St. Croix, the most cold-hardy red wine grape he could find.  The vines have been vigorous and have created a beautiful bower of greenery, filled this time of year […]

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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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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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{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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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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{diy project} Farmer’s Cheese

Editor’s Note: Please welcome back our newest FSC Contributor, Jennifer Wilkerson, for her follow-up piece. Her first piece, Jennifer’s Sandwich Bread & Rolls, is a must read & do kinda piece! Welcome back Jennifer! -Christina Last weekend my husband and I debated how long it had been since we had been to a big box […]

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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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{drink it up} Carrot Ginger Mimosa

April is a transitional month in my neck of the woods. At the start of the month, cold winds still blow and snowflakes dot the air. By the end of the month, the tulips and daffodils are in full blossom, and everything appears a bit hazy from the delicate buds that start to pop open […]

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{a few of our feathered flock}

{FSC Time Machine} Backyard Chickens Part 1

Its ‘spring’ (although I have a foot of snow on my lawn) and its time to start thinking about finally making that jump into Backyard Chicken Land! Whether you hatch them yourself or buy from a local farmer you trust, we have insights from two contributors that have lots of experience: Liz and Jillian. We […]

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The view looking out over the new field.

{my farming journey} Starting Little Sparrow

The following is the very basic tale of how I’m starting my own micro-farm in Ballston Spa. It’s called Little Sparrow Farm, and yes, it’s named after Dolly Parton. Last summer I was telling a friend how I was going to be ordering a lot of garlic. The amount I ordered ended up being over […]

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{the honeybee saga} Of Honey & Hope

As I write this I’m certain one of my hives has hive beetles and there’s a hurricane that might hit us early this week (Editor’s Update: 10/30/12 Hurricane Sandy did not hit us as expected in Upstate New York, but others in CT, NJ, PA, and of course NYC & the 5 boroughs where not so […]

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{fsc book club} Assignment 2 Recap: Canned Things, Condiments, Spices & Spreads

The FSC Book Club is rocking! We’ve got 92 members signed up on Goodreads and are diving into homemade cookery and pantry staples as an awesome virtual group. For this assignment, we looked at Chapter 3 (Canned Fruits, Vegetables & Beans) and Chapter 4 (Condiment, Spices & Spreads) of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can […]

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{summer garden bounty recipe} Eggplant Curry

For the first time ever, my garden is overflowing with eggplant! Sure, it’s also overflowing with weeds and a LOT of green beans that never got picked but despite that I am pretty excited about the eggplant. I’ve gardened at our current home for the last five summers and each year I plant eggplant hopefully. […]

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