Drinks, Wild edibles

Pine Needle Tea

Pine trees in New England are ubiquitous. Did you know that all parts of a pine tree are edible? Here we are using the needles to brew a tea that is rich in vitamin C. First, make sure you are harvesting from a true pine tree, gather in a place free from pollution and take… Continue reading Pine Needle Tea

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Drinks, Wild edibles

Black Birch Tea

Have you ever gone out into your backyard and picked raspberries to add to your morning pancakes or plucked fresh basil leaves from your garden for homemade pasta sauce?  What a wonderful feeling it is to be self-reliant. Nature is the ultimate grocery store. Black Birch (or sweet birch) trees can be found in forests from Maine… Continue reading Black Birch Tea

Drinks

Lemon Barley Water

It's a rainy March morning. We all have colds. We're sneezing, coughing, and blowing our noses. Lemon Barley Water is just what the doctor ordered. This beverage is strangely familiar. It's reminiscent of Snapple. It's rich and flavorful. Barley has soluble and insoluble fiber, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. It can… Continue reading Lemon Barley Water

Drinks

Dr. Tom’s Ginger Lemonade

As a family, we love to read. We will often cuddle up together on a winter night, each with our own books in hand or lay out on the blanketed grass underneath the bright summer sky and read aloud to each other. Last week we were sitting at the kitchen table, Ethan was into one of the seven Harry Potter… Continue reading Dr. Tom’s Ginger Lemonade

Drinks

Strawberry Lemonade

The sun shone through the window in the early morning hours suggesting the possibilities of the day.  The lake was calling. After gathering towels and a beach blanket we were out the door and on our way. After a few hours we found ourselves back home, preparing for a trip to the orchard. Blueberries are now in season… Continue reading Strawberry Lemonade