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Roasted Garlic Recipe

    Roasted garlic recipe   Delicious, delicious garlic – so tasty, and so good for you! Did you know that garlic has been used for food and health benefits for over 5,000 years, dating from the building of the Giza pyramids? Many claims have been made through the centuries about the health benefits of garlic, ranging from respiratory improvements to lowering blood pressure. Not being trained in medic
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Local food systems by the numbers

For those of you who are interested in local food systems, FINE (Farm to Institution New England) has written an interesting six-part blog series on food metrics, called “Measuring Up”. The entire series can be accessed here. Some highlights include: The struggle around defining “local”: While some institutions create their own definitions of local, others use third-party tools or federal/stat
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Pigs, ginger, and tractors, oh my! Summer interns on life at the farm

Another exciting season is underway here at the Hampshire College Farm! This summer we have a terrific group of interns helping with everything from growing turmeric to breeding pigs to changing the oil in a tractor. One rainy morning over a hot cup of coffee and some doughnuts we asked them about their experiences so far and their future plans.  April Nugent, Ben Matcho, Lee Graves, Owen Aptekar-Cassels, Fiona Helen
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NOFA Summer Conference returns to Hampshire College!

Be part of this annual celebration of the organic movement! 2017 NOFA Summer Conference August 11-13, 2017 Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass. The NOFA Summer Conference is a three day solutions-oriented annual celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Gardeners, farmers, growers and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and
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1200 Pounds of Blueberries Bound for Campus Dining Hall!

How many blueberries would it take to feed Hampshire College for a year? This was the question campus farmer Nancy Hanson asked dining service general manager Jim Lachance last July. Farmer Nancy proposed to take her hard working crew of student farmers out of the campus vegetable fields and up to the blueberry barrens of the Berkshires to pick enough berries to supply the dining for the entire school year. According
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Hampshire President Jonathan Lash on Food Justice

As a contributor for the Huffington Post, Hampshire College president Jonathan Lash blogs about a wide range of topics ranging from education to climate change, drawing from his experience as president of World Resources Institute (WRI), senior staff attorney of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer. President Lash has highlighted Hampshire’s Healthy Food Transition i
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Butternut Squash Part II: or, another great option for your Thanksgiving table

I am probably not the only one who is sad that there are no new CSA vegetables this week. I will miss my weekly trips to the CSA barn, not to mention all the lovely vegetables in my kitchen. I suspect that I'm also not the only one, though, whose CSA share will last at least a few weeks into the future.
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Sri Lankan Butternut Curry

Butternut squash has been a staple in my kitchen for years, decades, even, I’ve used butternut squash into soup and risotto. I’ve roasted it and steamed it and pureed it. I’ve added it to pasta and salad. I’ve used it in lieu of pumpkin in bread and pie both. It is, as you probably know, extraordinarily versatile.
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The Hampshire CSA’s youngest fans

One group that has a yearly share in the Hampshire CSA is Hampshire's Early Learning Center. Each week, children come to collect the share--if you've ever wondered why there are tiny shopping carts in residence at the CSA barn, here's your answer! Casie Smith, the Early Learning Center's director, sent along some photos of her charges enjoying their share. Here's what she has to say.
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Carrot Salad, Two Ways

Carrots are another stalwart of the CSA share--there at the beginning and there at the end, there to be weighed out weekly in 2 pound increments. Unless you keep on top of them, the carrots have a way of multiplying in your refrigerator, and when you go to look for something, you find three or four identical bags, each holding 2 pounds of carrots of varying degrees of freshness.
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Be More Cheerful; Eat More Kale

First things first, on this last day of October: Yay Red Sox!! And Happy (Hampshire) Halloween! It's only too bad that the weather outside is not in tune with the festive celebrations we should be having today. The weather is cooperating, though, with the recipe I'm going to post. Damp, chilly weather makes soup almost an imperative.
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Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza

I have to admit that before last week, I was a broccoli rabe neophyte. I’d heard of it but never eaten it. That has now changed, and I’m glad.
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Spectacular Sweet Potatoes

First things first. The sweet potatoes that Farmer Nancy Hanson and her crew have grown this year are fabulous.Truly delicious. If you haven’t done so yet, go home and roast some of the sweet potatoes in your share and eat them as they are–or with butter or goat cheese or salt or whatever else you might like atop a spectacular sweet potato.
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Pasta with Roasted Winter Squash and Greens

October is the time when blogging along with the CSA gets tricky. I look at the list that Farmer Nancy puts out on Facebook and wonder whether I can possibly make a mustard green-green tomato-kohlrabi-sweet potato casserole, or some such, just to use as many vegetables as possible. Alas, no. Each week, it's a choice.
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Roasted Winter Squash and Leek Soup

There are two things that are making me believe that fall is really here, even if the weather outside doesn't really feel like it. One is that my calendar now says October. The other is that winter squash are now plentiful at the Hampshire CSA and in our corner of the world in general.
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On the Many Fine Qualities of Chard

In recent years, chard has become my go-to green. Don't get me wrong--I love spinach as much as the next (spinach-loving) person. But spinach's season is brief--just a few short weeks in spring and fall for the fresh stuff, and the rest of the time you're either spinach-less or reduced to bagged spinach from the grocery or even frozen in a pinch.
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The President’s Gazpacho!

We're delighted to welcome Hampshire President Jonathan Lash to the blog with our very first guest post. President Lash has offered us his gazpacho recipe so that we can continue to enjoy these last brief weeks of tomato season.
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Deborah Madison’s Eggplant Gratin; and Vegetable Literacy giveaway!

I wanted to start with something exciting happening in our very valley next week. The wonderful chef and writer Deborah Madison is going to be at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley next Wednesday, September 18, for a discussion and book signing of her gorgeous new book, Vegetable Literacy.
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Tomato Season

Greetings, and Welcome to Hampshire’s new CSA blog! I’m a longtime writer, gardener and (vegetarian) home cook, and I’m excited to share stories and recipes with you as the CSA moves week to week, from the bounty of late summer to the onset of winter.
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Redefining College Dining: Hampshire College’s Food Plan for the Future

When Hampshire College students return to campus this fall, they will be welcomed back to a totally changed approach to food on campus.
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