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A Mild Maple Syrup Season

What a long, strange "winter" it's been here in New England. While I don't particularly mind the snow-free commutes and record-breaking, 71-degree March days, I do wonder what the mild weather means for the upcoming growing season.  Will the lack of snow negatively affect soil moisture? Will the warming trend continue through the spring and summer? WILL I EVER SKI AGAIN?!

With that said, I have noticed that one winter farm product has been affected by the weather: maple syrup.…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on March 15, 2012 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Joy of Cooking

     All day I think about suppertime. It seems extreme, but I love a home-cooked meal. I don't always have time for cooking, especially when I have nothing in the pantry except white rice (blah), or no time to make something substantial. But, all day, I think about the meals to be made and the desire (maybe not the motivation...) to make them.

      Yesterday I was looking for a chicken noodle soup recipe. Nothing soothes the soul like soup, and a good chicken noodle…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on January 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Holiday Cookies

Last year, a HOMEGROWNer posted a Christmas Cookie Countdown recipe for chocolate-covered cherry cookies (all the best flavors baked into one). 

This weekend I'll be making dozens and dozens of holiday treats - old favorites like Russian tea cakes and peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies and gingerbread and some new recipes (peppermint bark!).

What are your favorite…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on December 16, 2011 at 4:51pm — 1 Comment

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission: Photography

A photo of my friend Kelsy's pecan (+ bourbon) pie...I'll have to snag a copy of her secret recipe for next Thanksgiving!


Added by Caroline Malcolm on November 29, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Occupy Against Big Food

On Saturday October 29th, I along with other weather-hardy Farm Aid staffers, traveled through rain, wind, snow, and hail to New York City to Occupy Against Big Food.


Photo courtesy of Glenda…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on October 31, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission: Recipes - Brunch for Two!

Brunch is my favorite meal of the week.  I long for those lazy weekends mornings with nowhere to go and nothing to do, so that I can peruse the Saturday Farmers' Markets and pick up local goodies for brunch.  This weekend, I took stock of the weekly CSA share from Parker Farm in Lunenburg, MA and supplemented the gorgeous white potatoes, green onions, and curly parsley with some local …


Added by Caroline Malcolm on October 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

HOMEGROWN Fair Submission: Backyard Animals!

A few photos of the "ladies" who rule the roost and have "free range" of our backyard!






Added by Caroline Malcolm on October 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

How does a newbie prepare for a HOMEGROWN winter?

It's still only October, but as the leaves turn and the temperature drops (ever so slightly here in the Northeast), I can't help but anticipate the impending winter that's just around the corner.


It's my first summer out of the college dormitory where heat, hot water, and electricity were "free".  (Ok, so I did pay an inflated cost for them at the beginning of each semester, but when there were no monthly bills to pay, everything seemed FREE!!) But now I'm living in…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on October 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Fall Hiking

In between water sports and downhill skiing, I get my outdoors fix with some crisp, scenic hikes during the fall season. As the leaves turn and the air cools, it’s the perfect time of year to lace up those boots, fill a daypack and hit the trails!


Photo by…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Johnny Appleseed!

John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts (not far from where I live today!).  Appleseed's story is the stuff of folk legend - a pioneer who introduced apple trees to areas in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois by spreading seeds along his journey. 



Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Locavore Living Update

While I do try to think locally when I shop for food, clothing, and entertainment, factors like price, convenience, and quality always rear their heads as I approach the cash register.  I sometimes feel guilt when I buy strawberries from California in the winter, or when I purchase organic arugula at a local store, instead of hitting up the neighborhood Farmers’ Market.  But more often than not, the largest portion of my day-to-day purchases are local and/or sustainably produced goods.  I…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 16, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Month of the Locavore

Today is September 1st. It marks my transition into Fall (even though I have 20 days left of summer). I have packed up (most of) my sundresses, sandals, and popsicles in favor of fall tweeds, boots, and pies!

Yesterday, HOMEGROWNer Kristen, posted a blog about her decision to enter the NOFA-NY Locavore Challenge - http://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge. I was inspired by her excitement and passion to embrace… Continue

Added by Caroline Malcolm on September 1, 2011 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment


I guess you could say that I grew up more HOMEGROWN than my friends. My grandmother, aunts, and my parents canned pickles, jams, jellies, fruits, and chutneys; baked from-scratch breads and goodies; grew fruits, vegetables, and herbs; and raised chickens, goats, and a few miniature horses.  In high school, some of my classmates called me Laura from the Little House on the Prairie (because of the log home my dad built us in the woods). I began to reject that lifestyle in favor of keeping up…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on August 26, 2011 at 10:58am — 6 Comments

The Ladies Rule the Roost

A few months ago I wrote about my family's foray into the world of raising backyard chickens.  Our little balls of fluff have now grown into a flock of New Hampshire red hens, affectionately called "The Ladies".  Raised (mostly) in our home and now living outside, The Ladies still take to the porch each morning when we are leaving for the day, and wait for us to return in the afternoon, clucking merrily behind us as they…


Added by Caroline Malcolm on July 6, 2011 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Modern Homemaking for Hip Homies!

From folding a fitted sheet to fit in the tightest of storage spots, to setting up a container garden that will thrive in your studio apartment, Kate Payne offers her foolproof tips, tricks, and tidbits for making your place your own in The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking.  Kate, skilled in the art of decorating and dining on a budget, adds her own anecdotal advice to tried and true homemaking how-tos in this latest book, which hit the shelves on April… Continue

Added by Caroline Malcolm on April 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments



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