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Try Common Ground Recipes at Home

September 24, 2020

In her column “Kids in the Kitchen” in the fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Roberta Bailey writes about past Common Ground Country Fair times with her kids. “When they were young, for a few years we did a Country Kitchen demo together called Kids in the Kitchen. We made bumps on a log and scrambled eggs and tiger candy – sweetened peanut butter balls with dried fruit and coconut, all rolled in carob powder. When they were a bit older, we had a booth in the farmers’ market called the Kids and Moms booth. We shared it with another mom and their two friends. The moms sold fiber art and the kids sold gourds, clothespin dolls, corn necklaces, cutting boards and a score of odd inspirations.” Bailey shares recipes from that time in her column. Enjoy!

Time for Zucchini Patties

August 6, 2020

Here's one way to enjoy some of summer's abundant zucchini. Mix 4 or so cups of grated zucchini and one chopped onion with three eggs. Add 1/2 to 1 cup grated Parmesan, 2 cups seasoned panko bread crumbs and a couple of squirts of barbecue sauce. Let the mixture sit for half an hour. Form the mixture into patties and fry in butter or oil. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and a salad and/or potato salad. Freeze any leftover patties for winter, when you'll think fondly of summer zucchini.

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Enjoy the Veggie Bounty

July 16, 2020

Given the surge in seed sales last spring due to the pandemic, Roberta Bailey predicted that many gardeners' counters would be overflowing with freshly grown produce by now. She asked, "What can one do with 20 zucchinis or all the broccoli that is ready at the same time?" Her recipes for zucchini puree, dilly vegetables and broccoli cheddar soup, and her tips for freezing vegetables answer that question. Read more in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Growing the Sweetness of Life

May 7, 2020

"Growing my food is quintessential," writes Roberta Bailey in the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. "I hope to always be able to eat vibrant food. You can't buy the fullness of flavor that comes with walking into the backyard and picking the vegetables that will be eaten within the hour. That is the true sweetness of life." Read more of Bailey's moving writing here and enjoy her recipes for asparagus soup, rooty slaw, and nutty hummus.

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It’s Cranberry Time

November 20, 2019

Cranberries grow wild in Maine, and you can grow them in your own landscape – even without a bog. (Fedco Trees carries plants and provides cultivation instructions.) Roberta Bailey recounts harvesting the fruits from both situations in her article “Cooking with Cranberries, Wild or Garden-Grown” in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, where she also provides recipes for cranberry rum relish, cranberry salsa, cranberry salad dressing and several other goodies. Her recipes provide lots of great holiday gift ideas.

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Harvest Ramps Responsibly or Grow Your Own

May 25, 2017

Foragers are out harvesting and, sometimes, selling wild ramps (aka wild leeks or Allium tricoccum) – even to wholesale distributors in Maine. We encourage everyone involved to harvest, sell and cook with ramps that do not have bulbs on them and that come from areas with healthy populations so that this uncommon wild plant can continue to grow. Better yet, grow ramps on your own land. For more about the perils of overharvesting this plant and the possibilities for growing your own, see Heather McCargo's article "Growing Ramps from Seed" in the winter 2016-2017 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Simple Gifts of Kindness

May 4, 2017

In her "Simple Gifts of Kindness" article in the spring 2017 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Roberta Bailey says, "These days 'kindness' is the word that I hold in the foreground of my mind … It reminds me of the goodness in humanity and the heart-opening power that a simple gesture can hold." Among those simple gestures are the recipes she offers for simple gifts – including Onion and Cilantro Chutney (a good way to use up those storage onions before they sprout), Jammy Tortes (dig into those raspberries in the freezer) and Rhubarb Juice (and rhubarb is coming up now). Spring is such a wonderful time to savor the transitioning bounty of Maine-grown organic foods!

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Still Time for a Good Winter Read

February 23, 2017

The interlude between growing seasons will diminish as we gardeners begin to start seeds in March, but we'll still have time before the soil thaws to fit in a good read. Check our reviews in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener for some good suggestions – about permaculture, the industrial meat racket, better ways of raising meat, an amazing CSA cookbook, carbon farming and more.

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