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How To Pick Perfect Sunflowers

Sunflowers are one of the most summery flowers. You know it’s August when you drive past a huge sunflower field in Vermont or cruise through a farmers’ market to find hundreds of happy yellow flowers in beautiful 5 stem bunches. There are some tricks to picking the very best sunflowers so here’s the scoop: The

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Ode to Chives

Summer in the garden is my happy place. Carrots, beets, peas, brussels sprouts, arugula, spinach, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and onions are all working their way to maturity. It’s a short growing season up here so it’ll be several weeks before some of these tender plants really produce their fruits & veggies. If I had to

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photo of peonies grown in Vermont

Peony Season In VT

Peonies. June in Vermont means peonies. It feels like I wait all winter long just for these babies to pop. It’s a special time in my garden and if you want peonies for your wedding you’d be wise to plan to marry in mid-June to ensure availability. So today I’ve got pictures of peonies for

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Planting a garden

When planting a garden it’s easy to get to the point where you won’t be able to walk through the rows once the plants are mature. If you find yourself in this situation I suggest you plant a few more plants…just squeeze ’em right in there…and then stop. Happy planting! Check out the most recent

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Are In Season Flowers Right For You?

Over my 20 years in the floral industry there’s been one tip that’s a perennial favorite when it comes to weddings: Use “in season” flowers. But what does this REALLY mean?  Does it save money?  Is it the right choice for everyone planning a summer wedding? Today I want to help clarify what “in season”

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Vermont Farm-Style Wedding With Hydrangea

I’m so happy to share Nicolina and Dan’s Vermont wedding today. Their reception took place on Dan’s family farm where both Dan and Nicolina grew & sold organic veggies before moving to California.  This wedding was a destination/at-home wedding with so many personalized details (including table runners made by the bride’s grandmother!). Nicolina wanted a

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Everything I need to know I learned from my CSA Share

Most Vermonters have heard about how the newly renovated barn at Pete’s Greens burned to the ground last Wednesday.  I started drafting a post about how much I value my CSA share a few weeks ago (my third post boasting about our share), but after hearing about the fire it made my appreciation for these local foods even greater. We

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Cocktail recipe: Root beer float with spirits

We don’t make a lot of mixed drinks in our house–perhaps an occasional organic lemonade with blueberries, fresh mint and vodka in the summertime–but when I was introduced to ROOT by Art in the Age by my sister, a food blogger in Boulder, CO whose birthday it is today by the way (Happy birthday, Megan!) and whose post

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Heirloom Carrots in Alison’s Garden

Our Vermont garden was planted with several varieties of heirloom vegetables this year and that includes carrots.  ‘Danver’ carrots have grown in our garden the past couple of seasons, but I added a row of multicolored heirlooms just for fun.  Here is a pic of our very first carrot harvest a few weeks ago.  Red,

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Cucumbers in Alison’s Garden

I love the taste of a freshly grown cucumber from my garden.  Unlike store-bought cukes that have a thick waxy coating and taste pretty much like nothing, a garden-grown cucumber is refreshing, crisp and surprisingly wax-less!  Toss them in a salad and they are delicious, put them on top of a homemade falafel and they

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