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Why Buy? DIY Sprouting

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At the NMFMA we are all about local food and supporting our Farmers’ Markets; sometimes we like to take things even more local and do it at home, especially when the markets have closed and we are craving fresh food. I like to grow sprouts, especially alfalfa, because they are…

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Farm Fresh Produce Fills School Menus

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As cooler weather settles in, look for October farmers’ markets to bring more foods that enjoy a light frost like chard, spinach, kale and winter squash. Salad greens should still be plentiful, along with carrots, beets, potatoes, turnips, Jerusalem artichokes and the last of the season’s fresh chile. Many markets…

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Holy Baba Ganoush!

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Like a squirrel hurrying to bury its nuts for the winter, I’ve been gathering the end of the season’s eggplants. You see, at the Belen Farmers’ Market, I met a great young farmer who said she only eats eggplant one way: as baba ganoush. I asked her how to make…

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Stock Up to Enjoy in Winter

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Sun jewel melons, cantaloupes, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, kale, rainbow chard, garlic, crookneck squash, bell peppers, eggs and cheese. Some foods you recognize right away; others you have to ask about. This is only a small slice of the amazing local foods found at the Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market in…

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Pesto uses Summer’s Bounty

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Pesto is a quick, easy summer dish. The best-known type of pesto in this country is pesto genovese, featuring fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano. But that is just the beginning. Shopping at my local growers’ market this time of year reminds me of a favorite…

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Mojito Time at Market

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Mint from the growers market has many people thinking of cool, refreshing mojitos. Maybe it was the story about Ernest Hemingway’s mojitos that Paul and Barb Prior of Gourmet Gardens told me. Or maybe it was the memory of adding fresh mint to tea last summer. Something inspired my impulsive…

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First-Year Farmer Hits the Markets

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Beginning this May, Ramon Corona will be selling his farm fresh produce at the Monday Española Farmers’ Market, the Tuesday Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, the Thursday Los Alamos Farmers’ Market, and the Friday Eldorado Farmers’ Market. Whew, talk about a big debut! When he’s not at market, you bet he…

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Kimchi Part Two

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Okay, today I opened the jar of my first fermented kimchi. It hasn’t quite been two weeks (just 10 days), but curiosity has the best of me. How is it? Not bad, not amazing. It tastes like pickled cole slaw and carrots, but the aftertaste is pretty good. At first…

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Exploring Kimchi

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Recently I had to research radishes and find some new ways to enjoy them for my monthly Journal column. Luckily, I stumbled upon some recipes for kimchi, which took me back to my childhood friend, Helen Cho, and the ever-present jar of kimchi that her mother had available in the…

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