Monthly Archives: January 2013


We finally broke down and bought a pig last summer. I had been bemoaning the lack of leaf lard, although frequently listed for sale at the Farmers’ Markets it is rarely on hand, and especially fat back. I prefer the … Continue reading

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CSA School 19 January

Small and Beginner Farmers of NH (SBFNH) is putting on a CSA School with Michael Kilpatrick Saturday January 19 from 9:00 to 4:00 at the Common Man in Claremont, NH. Michael made such an impression on the members at last … Continue reading

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Châteauneuf du Pape

The papacy relocated to their new quarters (châteauneuf) in Avignon in 1308 under the former  Archbishop of Bordeaux, Pope Clement V. Over the following 70 years of papal reign the vineyards flourished and the Church greatly influenced the importance of agriculture in the … Continue reading

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European Origin and Quality Labels

European products frequently come with government regulated labels of either origin, process or quality. In many cases these are very descriptive of the product and allow the producer to charge a much higher price. For example, chardonnay grows just about … Continue reading

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Shack is Back

Ice fishing returns to the 2013 Oyster River. But as they say, you had to be there. Two hours later and the shack, complete with ice fishermen, were gone.

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Winter Farmers’ Markets

As a gardener I tend to favor my own gardens and those of the numerous U-Picks within easy driving distance thereby missing most of the local summer Farmers’ Markets. Winter is a different story. Check out one of the best uses … Continue reading

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2012 was a fairly good year. I was unable to trap any of the various woodchucks that treating my gardens as you might an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. But I did eliminate 14 chipmunks, 7 red squirrels, 1 opossum and 28 grey … Continue reading

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