Author Archives: Megen Hall

Got Veggies? Lacto-Ferment Dilly Beans and more for Healthy Winter Meals

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but in Vermont everybody makes “dilly beans”, vinegar-pickled string beans with garlic and dill.  When I first heard about dilly beans after moving to VT in 1999, in order to immerse … Continue reading

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The Roadside Stand Advantage: Is it Right for You?

As a young farmer in an already-saturated organic farming community, I have had to find creative solutions for marketing my produce. Our local coop and other stores selling local produce already have producers for most crops, so normally my only … Continue reading

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You Are What You Eat: Staying Healthy in Winter

Living in the Northeast, as in many other regions, the winter cold has set in and the outdoor growing season has come to an end. This makes it easy to kick back, enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa, and … Continue reading

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Shoots and Microgreens to Expand your Winter Market Selection

Living in a climate like Vermont, where growing greens outdoors all winter is not an option (or even in areas where it is), raising shoots and microgreens can be a great way to expand the selection of winter produce available … Continue reading

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A Cold Frame for Many Occasions

The dog days of summer are dwindling and the cooler temps of September have commenced in Northeastern VT.  Season extension has been a hot topic in our region as of late, and so many folks are scrambling to get ready … Continue reading

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A Garden Seed Worth Saving

Many years ago, I was working on a farm, and happened by a group of people who were gathered around for a workshop.  The man giving the workshop, who was about my age, was talking excitedly about plant sex which … Continue reading

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New England Winter Slaw

A Winter Salad Recipe to Make Your Mouth Sing! Salad: 5-6 stems Kale, spine removed and chopped 1 cup finely chopped green cabbage (or 1/2 cup green plus 1/2 cup red) 1 cup spinach, chopped 1 cup shoots (your choice) … Continue reading

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Sprouts and Shoots: For the Love of a Winter Salad

As we all search for ways to eat fresh, home-grown food year round—especially those of us with harsh winter climates—let us give tribute to the sprout and shoot…two super easy ways to feed your family fresh green and living foods … Continue reading

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A Market Garden in the Kingdom – Reflections on a New Business Venture

Nestled in a fertile river valley in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, my daughter and I have been breathing new life into a sweet old farm stand. I’ve finally been given the opportunity to put into practice all that I … Continue reading

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Companion Planting – Utilize nature’s diversity to improve the health of your garden

When dreaming of an ideal garden, one often imagines a neat and orderly, well-weeded and organized garden, not necessarily an overgrown forest, right?  Well…in some ways a forest can set a great example for your garden.  Biodiversity is nature’s very … Continue reading

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