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Harvest of the Month: Herbs

One of the best things about spring is the return of fresh flowers and food from our gardens and local farmstands. Perennial herbs are one of the first plants to return, and using them...

Harvest of the Month: Seafood

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As a child, I spent a lot of time with my dad on his oyster farm in Katama. I didn’t enjoy oysters as much as steamers or quahogs, but I slurped them down with...

Harvest of the Month: Eggs

It’s March, which means spring is on the way! The weather might say otherwise, but the proof is in the crocuses beginning to sprout, and sunlight that lasts past 6 pm. This time of...

Harvest of the Month: Potatoes

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This January we’re celebrating potatoes, a hearty and filling root vegetable that can be grown in the summer and stored all winter long. In our area, potatoes are usually planted in early spring and...

Harvest of the Month: Root Vegetables

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As the weather gets colder and fresh, local produce becomes harder to find. Root vegetables are my go-to to add veggies to a winter meal. Because they grow underground, they absorb lots of nutrients from...

Harvest of the Month: Whole Grains

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Get the new year off to a healthy start by incorporating more whole grains into your diet this month! A whole grain contains three parts — the bran, germ, and endosperm. Refined grains are...

Harvest of the Month: Jiló

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Jiló is a type of eggplant that’s often used in Brazilian cooking. About the size of a large egg, jiló turns from green to red as it ripens, though it’s traditionally eaten while still...

Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms

Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? Because he’s a fungi! Mushrooms are also delicious, simple to prepare, and packed with nutrients. They have a uniquely savory flavor while containing nearly...

Harvest of the Month: Dried beans

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During the cold winter months, with little fresh local produce available, it can be a challenge to eat healthy. Dried beans are available year-round in our grocery stores, and are a delicious source of...

Harvest of the Month: Fermented foods

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Fermentation is responsible for some of the most delicious foods and beverages around, like kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha, sourdough bread, tempeh, miso, and more. Throughout history, fermentation has been used to prolong...

October Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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This month we celebrate the cranberry- one of only three fruits native to North America in commercial cultivation.  Cranberries have specific growing conditions- acidic soil, a constant supply of fresh water, and a growing...

Harvest of the Month: Peas

With June comes the official start of summer, and the first ripe crops of the season. Among them are peas, June’s harvest of the month! For the third year in a row, third through...

Harvest of the Month: Seafood

As a child, I spent a lot of time with my dad on his oyster farm in Edgartown. I didn’t enjoy oysters as much as steamers or quahogs, but I slurped them down with...

Harvest of the Month: Honey

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Honey has been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years. Bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and mixing it with enzymes to make it last longer in storage. The...

The Local Ingredient: Turnip time

Turnips in general seem to be a pretty neglected vegetable in the U.S., except on the Cape, Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts, where there are some pretty delicious varieties, as well as interesting histories. There is...

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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When I think of crops native to Massachusetts, cranberries are the first to come to mind. Cranberries require specific conditions to grow — acidic soil, a constant supply of fresh water, and a growing...

Harvest of the Month: Herbs

The return of warm weather means the return of fresh, Island-grown food. This month we’re celebrating herbs, the plants responsible for adding depth and flavor to all our favorite dishes. Last summer at the Community...

Harvest of the Month: Eggs

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March brings longer days, the first crocuses poking through the earth, and also the first day of spring. This time of year, chickens respond to the change in season by laying more eggs —...

Harvest of the Month: Kale

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Winter is on its way, and though most school gardens are empty and put away for the season, one hearty vegetable is braving the cold, standing tall, and producing healthy food. Meet December’s harvest...

Harvest of the Month: Cranberries

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Cranberries are often overlooked in the kitchen because their tartness makes them hard to eat on their own. But with a little creativity (and some sugar), they can be delicious. They’re also a great...