Celeste in the Garden

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Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens. Celeste has also enjoyed a longtime relationship with The Old Farmer’s Almanac as their astrologer and gardens by the Moon. Her new book, “Celeste’s Garden Delights,” is now available! Celeste Longacre does a lot of teaching out of her home and garden in the summer. Visit her web site at www.celestelongacre.com for details.

July 17, 2017

Beet kvass is a fermented vegetable drink that is easy to make and loaded with probiotics. Learn how to make beet kvass here! What is Fermentation? Canning and freezing—as methods to preserve food—are relatively new in the Grand Scheme of Evolution. Our ancestors (who did not have the advantage of electricity) largely fermented their crops in order to eat them at a later date. Pickles, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, sauerkraut and mustard were all originally fermented. Depending on the... more

July 14, 2017

Add flowers to your food! Many gardeners forget that flowers not only are beautiful, but also can be raised to eat. Here are the best edible flowers based on firsthand experience in the garden and kitchen. I especially love adding small edible flowers to salads, which can be made even more attractive and special with their color and subtle taste. Flowers can also be added to soups, cassroles, and other dishes.  Best Edible Flowers Many folks know about nasturtiums. Nasturiums’ peppery... more

July 14, 2017

By canning tomatoes, you can enjoy that garden-fresh tomato taste in sauces, soups and stews all year long! Here’s how to can tomatoes, step-by-step. First, when it comes to canning tomatoes for the rest of the year, I like to let my tomatoes get super-ripe on the vine. Farmers really don’t have this luxury, as the fruit becomes too easy to bruise at this stage. However, tomatoes will continue to ripen in the box or on the counter, so it’s best to purchase your canning tomatoes a few days in... more

July 13, 2017

Avocado is one vegetable that is quite good for us—and easy to ripen with my trick. According to Dr. David Perlmutter (author of Grain Brain), they are one of the three best brain foods. He believes that avocados, grass-fed beef and coconut oil are essential for healthy brain function. He recommends eating ½ an avocado for breakfast as it supplies 15 grams of unsaturated fat and 150 calories. Avocados are also one of the cleanest vegetables. Their thick skin keeps pesticides and other poisons... more

July 12, 2017

Here’s how to raise baby chicks the right way—from the day they arrive to the day they start laying! When choosing to start out with chicks, it is often necessary to mail order baby ones. These generally come through the mail a day or two after they are born. It’s quite important to pick them up at the post office as soon as possible to get them out of their box and introduce them to their new home. The Perfect Baby Chicken coop Chicks will need a warm, draft-free, and safe environment to... more

May 18, 2017

Keeping Chickens: An American Tradition Once upon a time, virtually all American households kept chickens. They were a basic necessity with their gifts of eggs for breakfast and baking. No family farm existed without fowl roaming about or roosters heralding the light of dawn. It was unthinkable. Perhaps that is the reason that we have so many sayings having to do with chickens. “Don’t count your chickens until they hatch.” “Nest egg.” “Cooped up.” “Cocky.” “Pecking order.” “Egg money.” “... more

May 16, 2017

Frozen berries are a tasty snack and a great method of fruit preservation. Whether you grow blueberries yourself, pick them, or find them at the market, try freezing blueberries (a super-nutritious and easy-to-grow fruit) for year-round enjoyment. Here’s how to freeze blueberries the right way! It’s important to learn how to properly freeze blueberries so that they don’t all freeze in one giant clump. If you don’t follow these instructions, you’ll be very frustrated when you only want to... more

April 16, 2017

Another crop that can be planted early is lettuce. This is actually my husband’s favorite so I plant lettuce early and often. Here are seven tips and tricks on growing lettuce—so that your garden space yields the maximum harvest! Lettuce is best when it is young and tender. As it ages, it gets bitter. So I get a mix (there are many, but I especially like Johnny’s Allstar Lettuce Mix) and I plant it every 10 to 14 days. Prepare the soil with some additives (kelp meal, azomite powder and old... more

January 9, 2017

Ready for a healthy new tradition? Try fruit kvass with turmeric!  Just a splash of this fermented tonic each day improves health. Here’s more about it. Kvass is a traditional fermented beverage that’s growing in popularity due to its many health properties, especially as an aide for digestion. I wrote about my fruit kvass recipe last year.  Now, I am adding turmeric to my fruit kvass. Turmeric has been used as a spice and a medicine for nearly 4,000 years. During his travels, Marco Polo... more

October 5, 2016

Fall is the time of year when gardens disgorge their bounty and farm stands are chock-a-block full of wondrous fruits and veggies. It’s the best time to buy and store fresh food! Twenty-five and fifty pound bags of onions and potatoes are on sale for incredibly low prices. Right now is the time to buy for the best deals of the year. Even organic produce, which is the best kind you can buy, is available at a bargain. Tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, peppers, leeks, lettuce, spinach... more

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