A happy, healthy holiday?

Citrus contributes to a healthy life, especially in winter.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” —Agnes M. Pharo Finding peace and good will towards our fellow men and women ...

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In praise of pumpkins

Celebrate with pumpkins.

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies, We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.” —Pilgrim Verse circa 1633 Surely the Pilgrims gave great praise and thanksgiving for pumpkins! In a ...

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An appetite for apples: Fall is here!

Fall is the time for sampling apples.

“The goldenrod is yellow, The corn is turning brown… The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down.” —Helen Hunt Jackson The glorious days of autumn have arrived!  Suddenly the world is full of deep, distinctive colors such as burnished amber, brilliant scarlet and rich russet. ...

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The bounty of fall’s farmers’ markets

Eggplant is a treat right now.

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau The September Farmers’ Market is positively lush, burgeoning with the last of summer’s seasonal bounty. Tomatoes, deeply ripened by the searing August sun, are at their prime peak of perfection. Sweet ...

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Sweet corn — the season is peaking

Sweet corn is spectacular.

“He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.” —Proverbs 11:26 The sweetness of summer is surely reflected in the marvelous corn harvest now available at all local farm stands and farmers’ markets. This incredibly flavorful ...

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You say ‘Tomayto,’ I say ‘Tomahto’: we all love tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are a popular choice.

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasureable thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” —Lewis Grizzard Tomatoes, tomatoes, everywhere! In August, farmer’s markets overflow with these round globes of goodness. The splendid summer heat has ripened the Big Girls and Boys, Beefsteaks, Jet ...

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The wonders of watermelon — great in gazpacho

Watermelon is great by the slice, and also in a gazpacho.

“When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat.” — Mark Twain Summer would not be complete without plenty of ripe, juicy watermelon. Well-chilled watermelon is the perfect antidote to sweltering summer heat and humidity. A big slice of that luscious pink flesh will rehydrate the ...

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