Category Archives: Marada’s Dispatches

Dispatches from the Past: Let the parade begin! Nettles, ramps, fiddleheads, chives, baby lettuce heads…‏

(Editor’s Note: I’m SO CLOSE to being caught up–should be there soon, which is good, since I have lots of other things to write and share with you. This dispatch originally went out on May 15, 2014. -Leah) One by … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: How hard must that fiddlehead work to unfurl?‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out on May 8, 2014. -Leah) Great Growing! How insignificant our effort beside that of a seed.  Good Morning! Right now, while you take your first glance through the day’s roster of emails, while your kids procrastinate … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: How small is a ‘small’ farmer?‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out on May 1, 2014. (MAY DAY!) -Leah) How Small is Small? Family size, inter-generational, hand tools, a few employees, 1 acre, 1000 acres?  What makes a small farm small, anyway? Good Morning! As our … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Help wanted – all across the food movement!‏

(Editor’s Note: I’ve said this before: farm labor in the US has never been fully and accurately accounted for in our economy. From its founding on child and family labor, to morally criminal slave labor, to indentured labor, to migrant … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Oh the gap – between spring and edible fresh foods! No wonder we’ll fry dandelions….‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out April 3, 2014. Leah) This is it, folks.  The eight week home stretch.  Don’t worry. The wild treats come soon (I hear ramps are up in Ohio)… We managed to find a couple limited … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Organic farmers are light years ahead of you (or at least a ‘light year’)….‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out on March 20, 2014. Leah) Rainbow peppers landed at COM on St. Patty’s Day (frozen and diced and neatly packaged from Northern Girl, I might add!)…… Now, let’s turn them into a pot of … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards couldn’t be as bare as mine…but I have some ideas of how to fill them!‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out March 13, 2014.   Leah) The Dig Is (Almost) Done.  Now for Stocking. Below: The foods my house cannot function without… 1. Flour, two or three types.2.  Dry Beans 4 . Maple Syrup 5. … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: The more we look, the more we find! If it’s made or grown (or preferably both) here in Maine, we’re intrigued and hope you are too!‏

(Editor’s Note: We’re making headway! The grasses are pushing impatiently and inexorably through the field grass, sward really, up in Aroostook, and we’re caught up on dispatches into March now–any day here I’ll be current, and can regale you with … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Maine’s cupboards are far from bare, although a bit more room in the pantry leaves space for experimentation….‏

(Editor’s Note: This originally went out on February 27, 2014. Leah) The Big Dig 2014 continues… 1. Green beans, frozen 15#2. Sonnental Bacon & Ground Pork return 3.  Watermelon chunks for smoothies 4 . Popcorn from Green Thumb and also … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Past: Ahoy from Houlton, with yet another list of local Maine food for you!‏

(Editor’s Note: This winter marks a new milestone for Marada and I; normally we drive through all weather conditions to our family’s house in Grand Isle whenever we go North to the County. County folks are used to driving, and … Continue reading

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