Plan Ahead Gardening, Between Rounds of Shoveling!

By Monica O’Malley-Tavares

Prince Snow Farm, 1It’s garden planning time here in New England! Yes, even as we tunnel through feet of snow and scowl at the forecasts, it’s time to get down to business. If you’re anything like me, an avid gardener, whose heart was made to gather a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, to cut spikes of pastel hued Gladiolus, and to tuck seeds into warm earth, then you have been ready since you covered your raised beds with freshly mulched leaves and said “night night”.

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Bean Blitz! Cooking with Heirloom Beans, #2

Flageolet Purée with Goat Cheese
by Steven Dunn

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I love potatoes! Whether they be white, sweet, or purple; smashed, whipped, or fried….you name it and if its made with a spud I’m a fan.

That said, I do recognize their nutritional challenges (especially white varieties), and often lament the fact that the creamy dollop of mashed potatoes smiling back at me from the center of my plate, offer little in the way of nutrition, save the dairy fat brought by the cream and butter that make them so luscious. Over the years I’ve made efforts to augment the whipped goodness that often anchors my meals by either adding healthier veggies to my spuds to make them more nutritious, or by replacing them altogether with a tasty alternative, like heirloom beans.

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Soda, PERFECT for Valentine’s Day!

By Monica at Prince Snow Farm
Prince Farm Valentines blog
Strawberry Simple Syrup for 4 (double for a larger group):
1 cup sliced strawberries (maybe you have summer picked jewels still in the freezer?)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water (add more if needed)
On medium-low heat, combine sugar, water, and strawberries…
Read the full recipe here and more about making simple syrups.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Growing Happy, Healthy Eaters

Connecting Kids to Their Food: Entering the Food Fight
By Camila Chaparro

Tomatos and Arugula from Chocolatehippos

Tomatos and Arugula from Chocolatehippos

We had it made. Our infant son ate everything we placed before him: cubes of squishy sweet potatoes, fruit of all kinds, messy spoonful’s of brown rice, tender beef burgundy, bits of cheese, and once, to my amazement, a few curly leaves of arugula. The summer after he turned one, he picked ripe (and not so ripe) cherry tomatoes from the vine, and gleefully popped them into his mouth. By a year and a half, he was eagerly “helping” me in the kitchen. Picky eaters? Not in our house!

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Cure for Cabin Fever: CSA Therapy in February

Colchester Neighborhood Farm, Plympton MA
By Tatum McIsaac

ColchesterLogoNewCall it cabin fever, or my gripe with Punxsutawney Phil, but after two big snow storms and too many days of school being cancelled, I am DONE with winter. So when I got a message from my CSA farm in Plympton, I was almost giddy with the anticipation of warmer weather in the, albeit distant, future. My coping strategy to get through yet another cold snap: talk about the Colchester Neighborhood Farm – home of MaryAnn the farmer, a very special staff and Dapple, everyone’s favorite donkey.

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Cooking with Heirloom Beans: Chorizo, Rapini and Beans

By Steve Dunn

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Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you…..

I don’t need to complete the rest of that limerick for you now, do I?

I didn’t think so.

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Cushions, Cocktails and Countless Reasons to Come Back to Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, MA

By Tatum McIsaac

The Scarlet Oak Tavern is a place I’ve been dying to try on multiple recommendations by South Shore friends. So when we found ourselves with a kid-free night, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. With its Main Street address in Hingham, I was surprised to find the restaurant located just over the Norwell line, minutes off of Rt. 3. Entirely okay by me, as it kept our drive time to about 20 minutes (a rarity for many South Shore communities). Continue reading

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Marshfield Farmers’ Market: Local Goods and a Year-Round Sense of Community

By Tatum McIsaac

Marshfield Winter Cover
As I wrote this blog post, I was curled up in a blanket on the couch as it snowed outside. With only a few days before Christmas, I thought it unlikely that many people would plan to spend their Saturday morning at a farmers’ market. But I took a trip to Marshfield that day, and let me tell you, I was wrong! Here is what I found…

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Bee School BUZZ (3 local options)

Tending the Hives

Photo by Vivian Mulligan

Do you want to keep bees in your back yard? Then it’s Back-to-School time for you. Bee School that is. We’ve collected information on 3 local options to get you ready for a spring delivery of buzzing bees.

For an insider look at Bee School read Michelle Conway’s article in edible South Shore & South Coast here. And Alethea Morrison’s post on beekeeping on the eSS&SC Blog here.
And here is a valuable Resource List compiled by the Kingston Public Library for the South Shore Locavores and the special feature PACTV presented on the Locavores. .

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Christmas Eve Lobster Fra Diavlo (of the Devil!) ~ Sweetened, Elaine Style

Lobster Elaine
Recipe of Elaine Rizzo, Quincy, MA
Shared by daughter-in law, Barbara Anglin

IMG_1268This dish was created by Elaine Rizzo and served with her husband Louis Rizzo to their extended family, on Christmas Eve in the Merrymount neighborhood of Quincy, MA. It’s a festive meal for any special occasion and is especially enjoyable to prepare over Labor Day weekend in early September when lobsters are plentiful and tomato’s and herbs can be used fresh from the garden. Continue reading

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