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Food

First generation on the farm

Monday, May 18, 2015

Linda Estabrook doesn’t have a background in farming. But as she looks around and sees a vibrant, growing dedication to local food, it makes her want to get down in the dirt. “This is an area where you can know your farmer,” said Estabrook. “I love that.” So, though she made her living for the past decade teaching dancing on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Estabrook now has aspirations of becoming a farmer, or at least becoming involved in the local farm scene. She’s already become a worker at Rosaly’s Farmstand, and has restarted growing vegetables in a little garden plot in her yard in … 0

Peterborough: Cafe opens in Village Shops

Monday, May 4, 2015

Joe Stanislaw mans the kitchen at the newly opened Joe’s at the Grove Cafe. The restaurant is sandwiched between Ava Marie’s Handmade Chocolate and Ice Cream and Monadnock Oil and Vinegar in the Grove Village Shops. The menu specializes in farm-to-fork specialties, and includes numerous dishes Stanislaw featured in cooking demonstrations at Monadnock … 0

Peterborough: Brothers take first place

Monday, April 13, 2015

A panel of three judges sipped 21 varieties of maple syrup, closing their eyes between each taste to immortalize the syrups’ flavors. Meanwhile, several dozen audience members crowded around to sample the same syrups. This was the spectacle at the Ledger-Transcript’s 35th Maple Syrup Contest. The event was held at the Monadnock Center … 1

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

Rindge: Diner’s ties to FPU grad

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

RINDGE — Franklin Pierce alumnus Les Cooper, Class of 1971, fondly remembers his college days with his high school sweetheart, as well as frequent trips to Fogg’s Minimart at the corner of routes 119 and 202 to gas … 0

Greenfield: A book so good you could eat it

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield held its inaugural Edible Books contest. Edible books could refer to a book’s title, characters or illustrations, it could have been inspired by a book’s plot or quote, or it could have … 0

Peterborough: Local Food Dinner

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Peterborough Agricultural Commission held its Local Food Dinner on July 24 in Peterborough. Food was provided by Sunnyfield Farm, Rosaly’s Garden and Walkabout Farm. … 0

Peterborough: Cornucopia and Mariposa to offer taste of the world

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PETERBOROUGH — Paella, African stew, Ukrainian borscht and spring rolls will be on the menu for the inaugural International Food Festival on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. “It will be a celebration of local farmers and chefs,” … 0