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Jumpstarting Spring: How to Greensprout Potatoes

Spring is getting off to a late start here in Vermont, and in many other parts of the country as well. As a result our customers have been asking us what they should do with their potatoes while they wait for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw. One method you can try is called greensprouting, or “chitting” potatoes, which takes advantage of the extra time available to transform your potatoes from starchy spuds into verdant…


Added by High Mowing Organic Seeds on April 7, 2014 at 10:13am — 3 Comments

weekend business

So, Saturday, finally figured out one of the missed calls I got on Wednesday was from Sonic. Apparently, they did not care enough to leave a message, and naturally when I called them, my battery died. My youngest may be right. It might be a good idea to reinvest in a landline, and put my old corded phones back to work. At least they can't die partway through a call! Also, lunch rush is probably a bad time to call a Sonic anyhow. The other number remains an…


Added by Jana Franzen on March 30, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Hush Puppies

2 cups Martha White corn bread mix

1 cup Quaker yellow corn meal

1/2 cup onion finely chopped

1 tbls minced garlic

1 tsp cajun spice

milk or water or buttermilk  to make a thick batter.  the batter should be thick enough to make into balls

peanut or canola oil heated to 400 degrees F.

form balls with your hands and drop into oil, fry until golden brown.

This recipe will feed 8 people so if you need less just cut this in…


Added by Laura Blum on March 29, 2014 at 2:01pm — 5 Comments

Sixteen ways to save money on organic foods

Yes, organic foods do often come with a higher price tag. The more you're willing to work and be creative, the lower that price can get, though. With the help of a lot of creative strategies, you can eat delicious organic meals at less than your neighbors spend on drive-through.

Everybody knows some of…


Added by Alicia Bayer on March 29, 2014 at 12:45am — No Comments

"What's In" Feature: Longer Version

Hello, all! This is the first Spring I am planting in my own garden, so I am very excited for the coming months.  Before now, I lived for many years in urban environments like New York and New Jersey, and although it’s not impossible to live sustainably there (think: vertical farming on a patio), it proved…


Added by Erika S. Haines on March 27, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Sticker Shock - $3.99 for a box of crackers!?

Went to a local grocery store to pick up a few things to go with my fish salad and had sticker shock!! $3.99 for a box of no name crackers!!!! Came home, took 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup of olive oil, 2/3 cup of warm water, mixed rolled out dough on a baking sheet, cut with pizza cutter, baked @400deg F for 15 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes start to finish, or less time than going to the grocery store. Wife loved them and wants more. Need to roll thinner across the… Continue

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on March 22, 2014 at 11:54am — 3 Comments

Requested picture

Okay then. Someone wanted a picture. And clearly, I need to have a discussion with the time/date thing on my camera, since I took this today.

So, to the front is the newest fridge bed, now planted with mini sweet peppers, radishes, argula, and leaf lettuce.

To its right, there are 3 of…


Added by Jana Franzen on March 15, 2014 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Things Proceed

Raked and raked a lot of leaves up today and burnt them. The burnt stuff will be divided between compost piles, the new fridge, and the potato towers. Dunno why, but the potatoes love the stuff. I'm sure there is a perfectly good gardening reason, but I don't really care what it is. Hack gardener!

There's been quite a lot of wind and horrifying weather switches. You know, the 72dF one day, the next you've got 2" of snow? Those.  Planted crap anyhow, because this is how I…


Added by Jana Franzen on March 13, 2014 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

My first CSA

Am going to keep a blog about my first CSA.  Not just what I got but how it works out, maybe spend some time with the farmers you will be able to find it here


Added by Joe Klinkhoff on March 13, 2014 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

Question about making yogurt

Hi Ashley, I took your dairy class at Squam last fall, I have been making my own yogurt ever since, love it. However my daughter likes a vanilla yogurt flavor and I don't usually add any flavor but was curious if I wanted to add a flavor at what point in the cooking process would I add and is it okay to add the liquid flavoring or should I add natural flavor for example vanilla bean or the extract. Thanks a lot


Added by Dawn R. Barton on March 12, 2014 at 2:52pm — 3 Comments

Quaker Maid Soffit Surprise

We have a 1935-ish Craftman house that was owned by a woman and her family for over 50 years previously. Her adult children sold it to us.  It has a lot of funny quirks but mostly it has had limited updates. This is good because that means we can afford the house..... but bad because we have very old fashioned and fairly unusable things around us.  Like the one bathroom, without and electric outlet. The only shower was the cinder block one in the basement.  Don't misunderstand, we are not…


Added by Dwysquietide on March 11, 2014 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

Worlds Oldest Tree

I've been trying to get the large, sick, mocknut tree cut down from my backyard since we have lived here.  It has only been a little over 4 years but it houses many squirrels who decimate my garden and make it overly shady and unusable.  Removing the tree will also make it easier for the neighborhood hawks to pick off other garden ruiners like bunnies and voles.  The pest issue has become so bad I have decided to let the garden lay fallow this year. 

We had to use the…


Added by Dwysquietide on March 10, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

HIckory Smoked Potatoes - Great salad!!

 72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on March 3, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Four Beet Recipes to Brighten Late Winter

I could use a little color in my life, my landscape right about now.  I've got 4 recipes using beets, ranging from a vegan appetizer to a fast salad for one to a CSA Cookoff-inspired Hot Pink Mess of a main dish.

Get the details on…


Added by Kirsten Madaus on February 28, 2014 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

Simple Dehydrated Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Here is a recipe I use to make salt and vinegar kale chips. More healthier than fried potato chips and taste good even using kale that sat around for a while.


10 oz or a "bunch" of Baby Kale

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

1/3 Cup of Balsalmic Vinegar or 2-3 Tbls Raw Honey/Agave if you like sweet

1 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt

1/2 a lemon (Juiced). I used 1/4 tsp of lemon extract since I was out of lemons.


Mixing… Continue

Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Cataloging complete.

Hm. Well. *contemplates*

The garden plan called for:






giant sunflower


multiple colors of carrot


summer squash

winter squash

yukon gold potato


sugar snap pea

oregon snow pea



acorn squash



Added by Jana Franzen on February 18, 2014 at 7:00pm — 7 Comments

Are you an "Extremist"? I prefer Rebel Gardener!

Originally shared @ Mary's Kitchen:


The time to sit idle is history.  Do you grow your own food?  Do you believe in making the world a better place for you and your family?  Do you have strong religious beliefs?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, the US…


Added by Marianne Smith on February 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


I suppose it is time to catalog what seeds I have and see how they compare to the "garden plan" I assembled. And when the snow goes away and it has dried up some, it will be time to go rake off all the beds and make sure the plan to work around the sewer line will actually work.

Technically, I think I can plant lettuce now. I've heard of people sowing the seeds on top of snow...

And I need to start collecting the supplies I will need to get that one domajiggy…


Added by Jana Franzen on February 16, 2014 at 7:27pm — 1 Comment

6 Homemade Valentine's Treats Involving Chocolate

Need a last-minute way to say, "I love you"? We've rounded up links to six homemade Valentine's treats involving that most delectable of ingredients, chocolate(!), courtesy of the HOMEGROWN flock:

• Anne’s ultimate chocolate sweet potato pie

• Meredith’s…


Added by HOMEGROWN.org on February 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments


It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service.  So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches.  I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…


Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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