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Getting the Most from your Market: 10 Tips from a Farmers Market Manager

Has your favorite market started its season?  With the cost of food climbing and interest in local foods growing, you might be wondering how to get the most from your farmers market this season.  My husband and I manage one of the most progressive farmers markets in Colorado (See that beauty up there?  That’s our market.),… 

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CSA Box

mystery veggies in your csa box? what to do with what’s in your box.

I have a confession: I have no idea what’s in my CSA box this week, and, I’m confident I’m not alone.  Sure, I can recognize the sugar snap peas and carrots, the lacinato kale with its pebbled dark green leaves, the baby collards (which we’ll combine with cream and the last of our overwintered shallots… 

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Rabbit in Riesling with Winter Vegetables & Fresh Herbs

It’s cold where I live. Very cold. Very very cold. But beautiful, too.  And here, where snow graces our mountain town nine and sometimes ten months of the year, you learn to make a lot of soups and stews – warming dishes that nourish the body, satisfy the tastebuds and sustain your will through the… 

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10 Healthy, Nourishing School Lunches

Looking for healthy school lunch ideas? School lunch has quickly become one of the most deplorable American meals – comprised of low-cost, commodity items like CAFO-raised beef, canned fruit and vegetables. Standard lunches of chocolate milk, overcooked peas and mealy french fries lack versatility in nutrients, flavor and, most importantly, they lack inspiration.  So, per… 

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Soaking Grains: Top 5 Reader Questions Answered

Soaking grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds is a traditional practice that can positively impact the nutritional qualities of these foods for those who consume them. Grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can all add great value and variety to the diet, yet they contain antinutrients – particularly phytates and enzyme inhibitors – which detract… 

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Maple-glazed Root Vegetables

Maple-glazed root vegetables, slightly sweet, and a charming accompaniment to winter time suppers, satisfy and nourish. In our home we love to combine fresh, crisp and local carrots and parsnips with clarified butter and organic, grade B maple syrup for a nourishing side. Well-suited to lamb and pork, this side dish is easily prepared and… 

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Hara Hachi Bu: Lessons from Okinawa

Hara hachi bu – eat until you’re 80% full.   It’s a good lesson in moderation and self-restraint – and one of many lessons we can learn from Okinawa, that legendary island of long life and extended health.   Get plenty of sunshine, eat whole foods, value your community, embrace ikigai or your reason for… 

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How to Encourage Your Children to Enjoy Fruits & Vegetables

The question comes up more than you know –  countless emails flood my inbox from mothers wondering exactly the same thing: How do I get my kids to eat vegetables? I struggle in my response because I do not have a picky eater. My little guy enjoys a variety of foods from spicy tom yum… 

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Sprouted Grain: Benefits, Preparation and Recipes

Sprouted grain – rich in food enzymes and natural vitamins – grows closer and closer to the mainstream as people across all walks of life search for a better way to incorporate wholesome foods into their diet on a regular basis.   While sprouting grain requires extra attention and, like many aspects of traditional foods,… 

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