Archive for June, 2011

how’s your garden?


Is it me or does this tomato plant not  look so good?  So many questions, so few answers…  We were consulting with friends who live across the river and down, and they suggested (gasp), blight.   Argh.  I hope that’s not the case.

I hope this one grows up to be a big boy.

On a more hopeful note, I harvested my first garlic scapes ever!  I planted garlic last fall for the first time and sure enough, I got garlic scapes.  I love to make tons of garlic scape pesto and put it in the freezer for those mid-winter pizzas.

I’m obviously ignoring the fact that I’m freezing the pesto in plastic.  I haven’t cut out all bad habits.

The basil is looking good so far.  Will Chuck decimate it once again?  Stay tuned…

At the very least, I’ll be able to try out recipes calling for purslane – quite a nutritious weed that is rampant in my garden…

I go a little crazy when I  plant seeds and ignore all rules as to how far apart the seeds are supposed to be.  Now I’m thinning my little herblings and purslane and calling them microgreens.    Very nice on fried eggs on Sunday mornings.

Here’s hoping this is not the last missive from my backyard garden…

j’aime bien Cafe Le Perche

Shhhhhh!  They’re in soft opening and I’d like to keep them to myself as long as possible please.  So don’t tell anyone.

My quest for yummy bread that I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for (being a budget minded eater) had me terribly excited about Cafe Le Perche and their bread oven.  Let’s just say that last weekend I was in heaven.  Why?

Seriously, you must run there and try it.  How am I going to get past this cinnabun gorgeousness to try their other baked goods?  And they don’t have their bread oven in operation!  I didn’t take a picture of the array of goods as I’m sure it will change, but the selection included a vegan muffin, something made with spelt and an espresso brownie made with a Strongtree blend.  Love the local business synergy.

Wait.  Forget everything I told you and don’t go there and check it out.  I need my seat.

Holy Cow.  Their Facebook page shows croissants.

Attention! Acres Co-op Market meeting Saturday 6/25

This looks worthy of attention:

Acres Co-op Market is seeking volunteers, brains, commitment, passion, strategists, and energy! Come to an open committee meeting Saturday, June 25, 757 Columbia Street, from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm…contact Peter Pehrson @ 518-478-3660 or…

Second “Co-op Listening Meeting & Community Forum” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall (downstairs), corner of Fourth and Warren Streets. Free admission, free refreshments from area businesses and vendors.

You can find Acres Co-op Market on Facebook here.

The agenda from their June 14 meeting with lots of good info can be found here.

See you there?

It’s National Donut Day!

Really!  Celebrated every first Friday of June (where have I been all these years???), National Donut Day was started as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army back in the late 1930’s.  Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a donut if you buy a beverage – but who knows where those ingredients come from?  Samascott Orchards has been carrying apple cider donuts at the Hudson Farmers’ Market on Saturdays – I wonder if you could wander up to Kinderhook to find donuts today???

Somehow, donuts are not on the new Nutrition Plate