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Rosaly Bass of Peterborough has written a new book, Organic! A Gardener's Handbook. The 77-year-old's farm on Route 123 is the oldest and largest organic farm in the state.

Farming: Growing organic: Taking the worry out of farming

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For years, not many people knew who Rosaly of Rosaly’s Garden was, the 77-year-old matriarch said in an interview last week. Once, a man wandered into Rosaly Bass’s farm stand. “Which one of you is Rosaly?” she recalled him saying. Bass, chuckling while retelling this story, said her protégé, Matt Gifford, lowered his voice as deep as he could and … 0

Peterborough: Chocolate factory to open

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After making chocolate by hand in a Peruvian museum dedicated to chocolate and cacao — and even harvesting cacao beans in the Amazon, Peterborough resident Neely Cohen is bringing the historic art of chocolate making to Main Street. The 28-year-old, 2004 ConVal High School graduate is opening her Vicuna Chocolate Factory and Cafe … 0

Jaffrey: Local support runs deep

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Throughout the years, the Jaffrey Farmers’ Market has seen different locations as well as various managers, but one thing that has remained the same is the community feeling surrounding the event. According to the former farmers’ market manager, Brenda Bhatti, for many years local consumers have gathered at the market to support local … 0

Temple: A hairy situation brews at Harvest Fest

Monday, September 16, 2013

This year’s Temple Harvest Festival will be taking place on Sunday Sept. 22. The events start at 10 and go until 4 p.m. These events include a Fireman’s Chicken BBQ , a band concert, hay ride and many other events and activities. The Town Common will feature craft … 0

Greenfield: On the hunt  for ‘feral apples’

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rich Stadnik of Greenfield tromps through the grass at the edge of the road at Greenfield State Park. The long grass, branches and tangled vines on the ground don’t stop him. He just makes his way steadily to … 0

School Lunch Menus: School menus

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

conval schools Elementary and middle Monday: No school Tuesday: Mini pancakes, turkey sausage, baby carrots, crunchy veggie Wednesday: Chicken tender wrap, celery/hummus, pear Thursday: Chef salad, kale chips, Mandarin oranges Friday: Nachos, chili/beans, corn, kiwi Every day: Fruit and milk High school Monday: No school Tuesday: Macaroni/cheese, hot … 0

Peterborough: Local farm supper to be held Wednesday

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Peterborough Agricultural Commission will be holding a farm dinner at the Old Freemont Farm on Wednesday. For the first time, the menu will be all vegetarian. The local, seasonal menu prepared by chef Sam Rule will include Peterborough-made mozzarella, coupled with olives and dressed with balsamic; summer … 0

Dublin: Alchemy of pulled pork

Monday, August 19, 2013

Natasha Meehan and her boyfriend, William Pickford, have a running joke about pulled pork barbecue. “We banter back and forth a lot,” Meehan said. “We each think our own version is the best.” But when the Dublin couple … 0

Harvest of ideas

Monday, August 19, 2013

Very few English majors graduate college expecting to spend the next few years with their hands in the dirt. But for Lynsey Burke, a field worker at Rosaly’s Garden in Peterborough, nothing could be more fulfilling. Burke, 21, … 0

Nutritional health: ‘The skinny on fats’: What is a “good” fat?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Of all the topics on nutrition, food, and health, there are few that are more controversial than fats. We have been thoroughly and well taught to understand and believe that fats are very bad for us; that they cause heart disease and that they make us fat. For … 0

Starting from Scratch: Art of fencing on a farm

Monday, August 19, 2013

The one thing I have learned about farming is that you must have the proper fencing for each animal, as some animals require different types. Chickens, for example, can be contained in an area or be kept out … 0

Sustainable steps: A View from the Farm

Monday, August 19, 2013

Walks with chickens Some of my readers may know and others may not, but I ran into some serious health issues this summer, serious enough to require major surgery. Being on the 20th floor of Massachusetts General Hospital, while it is an incredible view of Beacon Hill, is … 0

Rindge: Former culinary services director takes on new Hometown Diner

Monday, August 12, 2013

RINDGE — A Sunday morning drive-and-dine car show, community barbecues and breakfast served all day are just a few of the visions Bonnie Rosengrant of Rindge has for the Hometown Diner, which she is leasing from owner Tim … 0