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Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Eggplant

I’ll be honest—I’m not a huge fan of eggplant. I enjoy the occasional eggplant parmesan or baba ghanoush but rarely buy it to prepare at home. With that in mind, we only planted two plants, which ended up producing more than enough for one family. At the height of our harvest, there was about 15-20 eggplants between the two plants. There are several varieties to choose from but we stuck with the common purple variety called […]

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September 19, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Melon

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Melon

This spring we planted a few watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydews. Sadly, we lost all of them within a few weeks. I was so busy with the rest of the garden that I neglected to figure out why we lost them so quickly. Luckily, I was still able to get enjoy homegrown melons. The house down the road has a melon farm just outside of town and they set up a tent in their yard, making […]

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September 12, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Okra

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Okra

This year was my first experience growing okra. In my opinion, okra produces on the prettiest flowers and I love the way it grows—shooting up bright green daggers which seem to be saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” Out of all my plants, okra has required the least of my attention while consistently producing food. In fact, in the three months since my first harvest, I’m still picking it every day. There is a small window for […]

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September 5, 2014 at 9:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Hot Peppers

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s an unspoken law in Texas that if you […]

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August 29, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Sweet Corn

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Sweet Corn

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn and […]

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August 22, 2014 at 7:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Herbs

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Herbs

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  My herb garden has waxed and waned this […]

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August 15, 2014 at 8:35 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Green Tomatoes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Green Tomatoes

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  It’s hard to imagine that a few weeks […]

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August 8, 2014 at 9:42 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Tomatoes

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Tomatoes

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  After months of anemic tomatoes that taste like cardboard […]

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August 1, 2014 at 10:16 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

A Cafe for the Common Good

A Cafe for the Common Good

The Common Good Soup Kitchen Community started as a small-scale project on Mount Desert Island, Maine. The recently unemployed, world-class chef Bill Morrison started making soup in his kitchen from scratch using healthy grains and vegetables. In the winter, the community on the island can become very isolated. It was a particularly brutal one in 2008 and Bill knew there were many people who were housebound. So, he started delivering his soup to senior residences […]

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April 3, 2014 at 10:33 amCulture

The Incredible Edible Egg

The Incredible Edible Egg

I met Linda Thompson on a crisp morning at her house just outside of the tiny town of Florence, Texas. She recently moved to this location and says that it wasn’t easy finding a landlord that was open to her raising hens, even though she is several miles outside of the city. Many places, like nearby Austin, have passed laws limiting how many hens you can have within city limits. I approached her and noticed […]

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January 3, 2014 at 8:30 amFeatures