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Posted 03/08/2013

Types of CSAs: More than Just Veggies

Many people have heard about CSAs, or community supported agriculture. One of the biggest hesitations about joining a CSA program is the idea of a “fixed” menu of foods that you get each week — even if they are things you don’t like. But, did you know that there are several types of CSAs? The variety includes everything from the types of food in the CSA to how hands on you’d like to get with your produce. CSAs can also help support charitable efforts or economic development projects. Thus, you weekly spend on healthy foods has an even greater benefit for all. Here’s some of the options available. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/03/2013

Five Good Reasons to Support Local Family Farms with a CSA

There’s over a foot of snow outside my door but its time to start thinking about vegetables! Not just the seeds to plant before the last frost (when I can find the ground again), but March and April are also the months to sign up for a CSA. Continue Reading…

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Posted 03/03/2013

Plant.Learn.Grow

Vegetables and herbs are sprouting up in schoolyards across the United States. Raised soil beds and vine-covered lattice are replacing asphalt courtyards and chain link fencing. The emergence of gardens on the campuses of primary and secondary schools across the country can largely be attributed to the revolutionary work of organic, sustainable food pioneer Alice Waters. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

Farm-to-Farm (or Composting)

Think of this as the farm-to-farm movement, or composting. Picking up fruits and vegetables, incorporating kitchens, tables, and sporks, and heading right back into the soil, the act of composting has been biodegrading since prehistoric farmers roamed the earth. Continue Reading…

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Posted 02/04/2013

We Hail Kale!

Nutrition news headlines sing the same tune when it comes to filling up on leafy greens. Regrettably, people tend to turn towards the ever-popular Iceberg and Romaine lettuces when they do decide to munch on greens. Continue Reading…

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Posted 01/22/2013

Ginger: More than a Spice

Ginger certainly pairs quite well with an oversized Tempura Roll smothered in Unagi Sauce and thick slices of sashimi but when using this spice, there is no need to be close-minded. This versatile and pungent ingredient also compliments a refreshing Orange, Red Onion and Fennel Salad rather nicely.

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Posted 01/08/2013

Nonna & the Importance of Fresh Herbs

When I graduated from high school, my father thought it would be a good idea for me to leave our small southern town and go immediately to a State sponsored University, I thought it would be a good idea to leave our small southern town and go immediately to Australia to work in a hammock factory. We compromised; I spent one wild and glorious summer waiting tables at a posh resort in East Hampton, a summer full of firsts for me. The first time I lived on my own, the first time I met a famous person ( I served Bruce Springsteen a bowl of lobster bisque and a beer) and the first time I had real Italian food. Continue Reading…

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Posted 09/12/2012

Foraging with the Wildman: American Barberry

Wildman Steve Brill is the go to guy for foraging so we went to the Wildman to learn about just that. Having made a name for himself nationally for his extreme knowledge and experience of edible and medicinal wild plants and getting arrested in Central Park back in 1986 for eating a flower, Steve will now share his know how with Under the Tuscan Gun.com in a weekly post showcasing different wild plants each week. This week: American Barberry.

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Posted 08/21/2012

Foraging with the Wildman: Amaranth

Wildman Steve Brill is the go to guy for foraging so we went to the Wildman to learn about just that. Having made a name for himself nationally for his extreme knowledge and experience of edible and medicinal wild plants and getting arrested in Central Park back in 1986 for eating a flower, Steve will now share his know how with Under the Tuscan Gun.com in a weekly post showcasing different wild plants each week.

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