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Seasonal Wellness

Autumn Transitions: Staying Warm and Bright in the Cold and Dark

Autumn Transitions: Staying Warm and Bright in the Cold and Dark

The autumn equinox falls this year on Monday, September 23, but there is already a crisp, fall feeling in the air in the early mornings before the sun rises and in the evenings after the sun sets. In upstate New York, leaves have already begun […]

Spring Cleansing: Gently Transitioning from Winter to Spring

Spring Cleansing: Gently Transitioning from Winter to Spring

The Spring Equinox falls on March 20 this year, and though the weather is still mostly cold, this is is the time of year to begin spring cleansing and gently transitioning to a spring diet and lifestyle. We are affected by seasonal changes, and that […]

Homemade Blueberry Jam: Preparing for Winter

Homemade Blueberry Jam: Preparing for Winter

Last weekend we spent the long weekend in the Berkshires, in Mt. Washington, Massachusetts, and I took my son baby son blueberry picking at Blueberry Hill Farm, an organic blueberry farm near where we were staying. It was a great way to introduce to him […]

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Every fall I have a ritual of making homemade applesauce. I like to eat it myself, and also give it as a gift and bring it to fall harvest and Thanksgiving celebrations. This year, it will also make a nourishing fall food for my baby, […]

Transitioning to a Summer Diet

Transitioning to a Summer Diet

It is always wise, as the seasons change, to make adjustments to our daily routines to stay in alignment with the natural world. This weekend is the first weekend of summer, and a good time to prepare ourselves for the transition into the warmest months […]

Conversation with Fa-Tai Shieh about Urban Farming

Conversation with Fa-Tai Shieh about Urban Farming

In this post, I interview Fa-Tai Shieh, the Board President of Added Value, which operates the Red Hook Community Farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Fa-Tai has been involved in farming for over twenty years and has been working on urban farms since the concept first […]

The Amazing Stinging Nettle

The Amazing Stinging Nettle

It’s mid-spring, the season for stinging nettle, and you can now find it in many farmers markets throughout New York City.¬†Nettle is not just for culinary purposes; it also has myriad health benefits and other uses: Its main use is as a cleansing, detoxifying herb. […]

Preventing Spring Allergies

Preventing Spring Allergies

Pollen is in the air, and a Deep Rooted reader has requested ideas for preventing and coping with spring allergies. One, according to Brittany Nickerson’s¬†Herbal Homestead Journal, is to take a spoonful every day of raw local honey, and to do this for at least […]