Growing Food and Flowers Blog

Edible Sunflower Seeds – Another Opportunity!

A snack at the ball park on a sunny day, as a topping on a fresh salad, or packed away in your lunchbox for an afternoon snack, sunflower seeds are versatile and tasty.  You can find them at any grocery store, but there is something special about being able to grow and roast your own sunflower seeds!

Fitting and Proper: Setting Up a Farmers Market Booth that Sells

When you go to a farmers market, there are some booths that are almost overwhelmed with customers and other stands that just don't do so well. What's the difference between these booths? When I started my first real business over two decades ago, my display was pretty bad. I barely sold anything. Since that time, I've improved how I set up a display, whether it's selling mulberries and eggs [...]

New Beginnings – GTTY April

Gardening Through the Year! Harvesting in April is one of the best surprises of gardening here in the Northeast.  The snow recedes and the ground begins to warm and suddenly there can be food everywhere.  There are three sources of this bounty – perennial vegetables, herbs and wild foods.

Edible Flower: Varieties to Expand Both Food & Flower Operations

Eating flowers rather than just admiring them in a garden or vase sounds like a modern fad, but there's evidence that humans have been munching on colorful blossoms since the Stone Age. The trend of using flowers as food has come and gone over the ages and it's returning right now in full force. There are thousands of edible flowers, yet not all of them taste good enough to entice farmer's [...]

Is It Spring Yet?? – GTTY March

Gardening Through the Year! Gardening has many challenges and and waiting through the month of March is one of them.  Every March is different -- almost all come in like a lion.  When the lamb begins to shyly emerge in the middle of the month, it takes great restraint to remember our frost date is May 15, a full two months away

Legalese: Concerns When Setting Up a Direct-to-Consumer Operation

When you start growing for market, you only need to worry about growing good farm products and finding customers to buy them, right? Unfortunately, in today's legal world, there are a wide range of requirements you'll need to meet as a market gardener. Some of these issues cover public health; others tie into specific regulations while others cover liability if someone comes to your farm and [...]

The Plot Thickens – GTTY February

Gardening Through the Year! Once upon a time there was a lawn, green and lush, well fertilized and safe from broad leaf intruders.  In the spring, as the days grew longer it began to grow longer, too.  When the mower approached there was something very wrong, the blades were set low, way too low.  Next a sprinkling of some unfamiliar grainy stuff.  What was going on? 

The Genetic Engineering Impact

It should come as no surprise that the utilization of GMOs is among the most polarized topics in American politics today. This heated debate is absolutely justified as, “Estimates suggest that as much as 80% of U.S. processed food may contain an ingredient from a GE crop, such as corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, soy flour, soy lecithin, or cottonseed [...]

A New Kind of Resolution – GTTY January

Gardening Through the Year! It is time again for New Year’s Resolutions.  Lose weight.  Become more self-sufficient.  Spend less money on food.  Get outside more.  Spend more time in family activities.  Exercise more. Learn something new.  Have fun.  Improve your nutrition. ..

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