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 Sara Swanson

September Gardening Advice 2017

by Jennifer Fairfield Editor’s Note: Manchester resident Jennifer Fairfield owns and operates the Garden Mill in Chelsea, serves on the Manchester Community Garden Committee, and volunteers with the school gardens at Klager and the MECC. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the rain we got this week! I have been dragging hoses […]

 Sara Swanson

1860s Recipe: Green Tomato Pie

This recipe is a modernized version of a civil-war era classic. It was provided as a sample recipe during the Sesquicentennial Main Street Dinner in Wurster Park yesterday as is presented here on behalf of the Main Street Dinner Committee: Green Tomato Pie ingredients 1 qt. sliced green tomatoes 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup seedless […]

 Sara Swanson

August Gardening Advice 2017

This summer has been almost ideal for vegetable gardening. It has been pretty consistently warm, but not too hot. Ann Arbor only officially hit 90 degrees once in July (though we came close once or twice more). The high, but not too high, temps really have produced some serious tomato, pepper, eggplant and bean plants […]

 Sara Swanson

1860’s Recipe: Calf’s feet jelly

In 1867 Manchester was no longer a frontier town. Residents had access to groceries and dry goods and even imported ingredients like lemons and spices. So what did they cook? An idea can be gained by reading The Virginia Housewife from 1860. It is full of recipes, some nearly identical to recipes we cook today, others, like […]

 Sara Swanson

July Gardening Advice 2017

by Jennifer Fairfield Keeping up with the weeds is only one of the challenges to anyone with gardens this month. Insects and disease are also going to need our attention as July heats up, as will watering. The good news is that there should be lots to eat fresh from the veggie garden this month! […]

 Sara Swanson

June Gardening Advice 2017

by Jennifer Fairfield Editor’s Note: Manchester resident Jennifer Fairfield owns and operates the Garden Mill in Chelsea, serves on the Manchester Community Garden Committee, and volunteers with the school gardens at Klager and the MECC. How did it get to be June already?! I have no idea where the first five months of this year […]

 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Healthy Black Bean Brownies

This week at the Manchester Farmers Market, shoppers got to sample a decadent dessert with a healthy secret ingredient: black beans. Don’t worry if you didn’t get to try one–Nikki Flynn, manager of the Manchester Farmers Market, shared the recipe with us so you can make them at home! Healthy Black Bean Brownies Recipe originally from food blogger […]

 Sara Swanson

May Gardening Advice 2017

by Jennifer Fairfield Well, the weather lately has been living up to its reputation in Michigan – unpredictable! We had fabulous, warm, sunny weather for a little bit, sandwiched in between some chilly (ok – cold) wet stuff. It may not seem like it now, but the weather gurus are saying that this May will […]

 Sara Swanson

April Gardening Advice 2017

by Jennifer Fairfield Editor’s Note: Manchester resident Jennifer Fairfield owns and operates the Garden Mill in Chelsea, serves on the Manchester Community Garden Committee, and volunteers with the school gardens at Klager and the MECC. I’m seeing all kinds of indications that spring is here – my crocus have been up for weeks, the daffodils […]

 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Traditional English muffins

In honor of Manchester’s Sesquicentennial, we’re presenting an traditional, early American recipe with an unlikely name, English muffins.  English muffins, which were just called muffins until close to the 20th century when they received the modifier “English” to distinguish them from standard muffins, were an early 19th Century American adaptation of the British crumpet. Crumpets are cooked […]

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