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Gift Guide for Growers: 10 Great Gardening Books

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Are you scrambling to find the perfect gift for the gardener on your list? How about a new book featuring insight from our expert roster of authors? From building a garden plot in the backyard to crafting indoor growing containers for small spaces to incorporating organic practices we’ve got the perfect books for the ever-growing…

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Bring on the Brews this Thanksgiving

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After spending the day cooking up a storm in the kitchen you’re bound to work up a thirst. While your grocery store wine may suffice, why not whet your palate with something a bit more exotic? From cider to sangria to a soda brewed with pine, we think these will be the perfect libations for…

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RECIPE: Roasted Root Veggies with Pomegranate Drizzle

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Do you have an abundance of root veggies from your final fall harvest? Are you looking for a new way to jazz them up? Well, you’re in luck! This simple recipe for pomegranate drizzle adds just the right amount of oomph to your go-to roasted vegetable dish. The following recipe is from The Fruit Forager’s…

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How Do You Like Them Apples?

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Crisp air? Check. Vibrant foliage? Double check. It’s Autumn and that means orchards are overflowing with apples. As we tuck into our first warm apple pie of the season, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this quintessential staple of the American diet. In the age of industrial food production, how…

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Recipe: Lost Nation Cider Pie

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Fall means apples: Walking through orchards picking apples, finding wild apple trees, and best of all … eating apples! We’ve had the privilege of publishing many books with delicious apple recipes over the years but one of our all-time favorites has to be the Lost Nation Cider Pie from Michael Phillips’ The Apple Grower: A…

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Easy to Make Drying Trays

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Looking for a new way to enjoy your harvest well into the winter months? If you said, yes, then this one’s for you! By following this simple tutorial, you can expand the lifespan of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and even herbs. It’s not only easy, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive — it also means you can enjoy…

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The Hunt for Huckleberries (Plus, a New Recipe!)

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Huckleberries are a true prize for fruit foragers. Describing them as “intense, juicy,  and addictive,” Sara Bir has the lowdown on where and how to harvest these little guys. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who brings home a bountiful harvest, Bir’s recipe for Buckwheat Huckleberry Buckle is a MUST make. Trust us.…

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RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

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It’s that time of year again: Outdoor barbecues are a weekend staple, trips to the beach and pool are becoming more frequent, and cherries are ripe for the picking! In their book, Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, authors Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz provide a seasonal guide chock full of recipes…

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No Forbidden Fruit: Life-Changing Applesauce Recipe

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In her book The Fruit Forager’s Companion, author Sara Bir encourages readers to embrace the magic of hunting for foraged fruit—delivering a how-to guide devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our front doors. Bir, a seasoned chef, gardener, and forager, primes readers on foraging basics, demonstrates gathering and preservation techniques, and shares nearly…

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Recipe: Country Elderberry Wine

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There’s really nothing better than sitting down after a long day with a glass of wine and the sun setting in the distance. Unless of course you foraged for the berries for said wine, crushed them by hand, added in some sugar, water, and citric acid, bottled it up, and waited six months before you…

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The Surprisingly Sweet Secret of Crab Apples

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Sure, visiting an orchard to pick apples is fun but foraging for crab apples in your neighborhood is even better! These often overlooked pieces of fruit are the unsung heroes of the apple family for many reasons: they’re all over town, easy on the wallet, and, with a little creativity and patience, can be used…

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Mull it Over: Mulberries, Memories, and Muffins

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Who doesn’t love making memories or recounting old ones? Mulberries have a special power of unlocking memories. Did you pick them as a kid? Picking them now will send you right back to your childhood. If you’ve never picked mulberries before, they very well might be in your own backyard, or your neighbor’s, or your…

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Raspberries: Foraging Sweet Memories

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Do raspberries flood your thoughts with sweet memories of freedom like they do for Sara Bir? If you want to get out and forage some to unlock those memories, she has got all of the tips and tricks in the excerpt below. There are also two recipes at the end (one for dinner and one…

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The wonderful world of lemons

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We all need to give lemons some more credit because they are truly one of the most versatile fruits. Think of how many foods and drinks you can incorporate lemons into. If you live somewhere warm and sunny year round, you better get outside and start looking for some lemon trees (we recommend Meyer lemons!).…

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Foraging For Wild Strawberries

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Have you ever stumbled across wild strawberries? Growing along the sunny banks and around a forest edge, along roadsides, hillsides or even in your own back yard, wild strawberries are delicious. Wild strawberries are much smaller than those hollow, crunchy, off-season truck farm monstrosities most of us allow to pass for strawberries. Cultivated in-season berries, the…

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Ancient Fermentation: Homemade Kvass

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Looking to add another recipe to your fermenting repertoire? Try your hand at Kvass. Bonus: it is the perfect entry-level project.   Kvass is an ancient and beloved beverage from Slavic Eastern Europe. While it is basically a low-alcohol beer, it is enjoyed as a soft drink, even by small children. This nourishing beverage calls for…

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Bubbling Waters: Raspberry and Blueberry Soda

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Now fermentation fans and home brewers can rediscover these “primitive” drinks and their unique flavors in The Wildcrafting Brewer. You’ll be surprised at how easy making your own natural drinks can be! One of the best ways to begin brewing is by dipping your toes in the bubbling waters of homemade soda. Mountain raspberry and blueberry soda…

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The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

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Farmers have a close relationship with nature, seeing life cycles happen right in front of their eyes marvel in what the earth can produce. We wouldn’t survive without their help. Appreciating the natural world, giving what it needs in order to flourish and providing the essentials to survive is an important process. There’s beauty in…

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Recipe: Sandor’s Strawberry Kvass (from Wild Fermentation)

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Since its publication in 2003, Wild Fermentation has inspired people to turn their kitchens into food labs: fermenting vegetables into sauerkraut, milk into cheese or yogurt, grains into sourdough bread, and much more. This updated and revised edition, now with full color photos throughout, is sure to introduce a whole new generation to the flavors and…

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What in the World is a Pawpaw?

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Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw:…

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Bramble On: The Ins and Outs of Growing Raspberries

Fresh, ripe raspberries picked straight from the garden in the morning. What could be a better start to your day? According to Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, growing your own berries is entirely possible for anyone with a bit of space and a passion for the fruit. Brambles grow from the north to…

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The OAEC Cookbook Offers Hundreds of Garden-to-Plate Recipes

Are you a gardener interested in finding new ways to cook with your vegetables or a farmers’ market shopper looking to expand your repertoire? Maybe you are a home cook who wants to prepare healthy meals for your family and friends or a professional chef looking for inspired recipes using wild edibles? Or are you a member of a…

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The Seed Series: A DIY Seed Bank

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A do-it-yourself seed bank is simply your own frozen stash of seeds set aside for long-term storage. In the following excerpt from The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, author and plant breeder Carol Deppe discusses the do’s and don’ts of saving your own seeds. Deppe believes the best seed banks are located in your own home…

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No Space? No Problem. Gardening Tips for the Urban Dweller

Interested in growing fresh food, but worried about lack of space? Not a problem, according to author R. J. Ruppenthal. In his book, Fresh Food From Small Spaces, Ruppenthal shows readers how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and their…

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