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Massage That Kale

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Massage That Kale

We grow a lot of greens and eat them at pretty much every meal except breakfast (although no reason why you can't eat them then too!).  To the right is a picture of some of our spring greens, mezuna, lettuce (just starting), arugula, and spinach. We just finished eating an awesome kale salad, so I figured I'd share my secret.  Have you heard about massaging kale? My husband always jokes that we have the most relaxed kale in town!  Kale can often be tough if it has been grown for a long time, as is the case with most grocery...

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Aspragus Season

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Something I look forward to in the springtime is the fresh asparagus popping up in our garden. I avoid asparagus when it's not in-season. This gives me something to look forward to! Asparagus is a highly perishable veggie. Its nutrient levels and taste drop very quickly after being harvested. Ideally, asparagus should be eaten right after harvest, or within 2 days of purchase. If you notice that the bottoms of the stems have browned, cut them off. Place asparagus immediately into a jar with water when you purchase it. This will help the plant stay hydrated.  Asparagus oxidizes very quickly. This...

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Live Long And Chive On

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Chives-the first thing to pop up in my garden. Chives shout-"Yeah It's Finally Spring!!!!!" and, in our part of the country, that shout couldn't come soon enough! Chives are a perennial, meaning they come back every year, without the need for replanting. They are incredibly easy to grow, and can be planted in the garden or in a container. They need full sun to grow properly, and if they begin to get crowded, simply dig them up, divide, and replant. Give the extras to a friend, or grow them in a new area of the garden. I try to prevent...

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Starting Your Garden

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Here in the Northeast, we've had one brutal winter (understatement times 5). Today the sun is shining, the mounds of snow are melting, and we're hearing sounds of water dripping and splashing. You warm weather states have no idea how AMAZING it feels. It gets us smiling at one another, and yes, we roll our windows down at 42 degrees! So what does this weather have to do with food? Well-growing it of course! I'm big into knowing my food source from its seed. I grow all of our plants from organic seed. Why? When you grow from seed, you have...

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