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Eat Local: Shrimp and Cabbage Fritters + Winter Salad

I was going to call this post, “Not just potatoes.” This is for one of my cooking students who asked what could there possibly be to eat during winter that’s local. When I described what farmers were bringing to our Winter Farmers’ Market, I don’t think she believed me. Though, sometimes even I can’t believe […]

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Farmers vs. Monsanto, January 31st in NYC

“Farmers are being sued for having GMOs on their property that they did not buy, do not want, will not use and cannot sell.” — Tom Wiley, North Dakota farmer With thoughts on future harvests, January is usually the time we finalize our seed orders. Since we began growing them, our seed potatoes have always […]

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Market Notes: Apple Dumpling Pie

A couple of years ago we took some of our apples to Great Maine Apple Day, MOFGA’s annual event in Unity, to get them identified. We were told they were Priscillas, a late-season variety sought after for its sweetness, and one that stores well. Normally, our tree gives us just enough to provide us with pies throughout the […]

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Just Label It: We Have the Right to Know What’s in Our Food!

93% of Americans think genetically engineered food should be labeled. What’s surprising is that it isn’t. Meanwhile much of the rest of the world — including Japan, Australia, the European Union and China — already requires genetically engineered foods to be clearly labeled. With the backing of more than 350 partner organizations, the “Just Label […]

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2011 Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner — A Gathering of Community

This year’s Heirloom Harvest Barn Dinner left lasting memories of a glowing evening full of scrumptious food, lively conversation, and warm company. A collaboration of the Heirloom Harvest Project, Seacoast Eat Local, and Slow Food Seacoast, this celebratory event is the result of a growing community dedicated to local food. Many thanks to all who helped make it […]

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Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

Mark Bittman addresses the question “Is junk food really cheaper?” with graphic clarity in his op-ed column for the New York Times. Click on the image to see the comparison between the cost of a meal at McDonald’s for four and two home-cooked options. In comparing real food with fast food, Bittman used supermarket ingredients […]

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Market Notes: A Pepper Primer

  Glorious peppers are here! Now that this season’s tomatoes are put up, it’s time to focus on the irresistible array of peppers to be found at Seacoast farmers’ markets. Give in to temptation and fill your basket full of them to enjoy now, as well as into the depths of winter. From roasting to drying, […]

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Volunteer Work Day at Daryl’s

This recent storm has me thinking about community more than usual lately. There are many components in building a sustainable food system, but the most important aspect is social, what used to be known as neighbors helping neighbors. Gilmanton, NH, is a little outside our range, but I thought it worth posting this recent appeal […]

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Market Notes: On Canning Tomatoes

As the days grow noticeably shorter, now is the time to start stocking up, and canning tomatoes is high on my list. This week’s haul from the farmers’ market included just a few from the extraordinary variety available, each as inspiring as the next: • Small plum tomatoes (bottom): Principe Borghese for making into a rich, […]

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Flood Damage Puts Farms at Risk

Part of eating locally is being aware of the impact weather events such as Irene can have on our farming community. Many of our local farmers have been spending sleepless nights anxiously worrying about their crops, their fields, and the wind effects on their high tunnels and greenhouses. Fortunately, it appears Seacoast farms have weathered […]

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