Archive for April, 2012

By Charity Shumway |

The Spring Garden: Progress in Action

Oh, what spring has wrought. Weeks ago, the peonies emerged from the soil like little pink lobster claws. And then they grew into feathery red bouquets. And now, the leaves are big and green, and the buds are almost ready to burst open into those showiest of showy blooms. Weeks ago, the grapevines were bare, [Read more]

By Charity Shumway |

Fig Trees for Your Terrace

I present to you, figs: (image) I had lunch with a lovely friend today (so nice to see you, Daryl!) and we started talking about the fig trees on her terrace. I hadn’t thought much about fig trees on terraces until today, but all it took was one conversation for me to develop a firm and [Read more]

By Nadia Arumugam |

A Homemade Brew to Soothe Strep Throat

I had grand plans for today. I’d heard that some of the vendors at Union Square Farmer’s Market were already offering one of spring’s best kept secret ingredients; ramps.  These members of the onion family, which are sometimes called wild leeks, look like scallion, but taste more garlicky than oniony. Anyways, my plans were scuppered [Read more]