Wild Grape Jelly

Autumn is here. That means wild grapes are ripening. Vitis labrusca (fox grape) grows all over New England. The fruit is large and sweet, perfect for making jelly. Wild grapes contain polyphenols and antioxidants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and limit inflammation. After a morning of foraging, we came home with about 4…

Gram’s Macaroni Salad

When I was growing up, we moved around a lot. My mother and I lived with my grandparents off and on for a while. That paved the way for my Gram and I to share a bond like no other. We have always been close and even now, 180 miles apart, we make time to…

Fried Green Tomatoes

The farmer’s market was a short drive from our home. Sunday morning was the perfect time for shopping with grass underfoot and the smell of smoking beef in the air. Organic raw smoothies brought the day together as well as my very first purchase of green tomatoes. Oxen Hill Farm, a USDA Organic farm in…

Homemade Maple Syrup

We are the proud owners of a massive sugar maple tree. Do you know what that means?! We can tap it and start sappin’! This endeaver started in the fall when we confirmed the tree’s identity. We waited for our local hardware store to receive the taps in and purchased a few, along with a…

Homemade Pickles

The other day we were at the grocery store and my little man asked if we could get some pickles. I said, “of course!” We crouched down to see which ones we wanted and I took a look at the ingredients. Yellow 5 was one of the ingredients. Check out this very informative website about labels. So, I…