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 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 […]

 Marsha Chartrand

March 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 woke up Sunday morning to a sound that sent dread through me. It sounded like some sort of mechanical […]

 Sara Swanson

February Gardening Advice for Manchester 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. It looks like this month is going to be more like a typical February in Michigan than last month was […]

 Sara Swanson

Recipe: Chocolate cheesecake candy cane cups

This delicious and decadent gluten-free dessert was adapted from a Food Network Kitchen recipe, made and brought to the Chocolate Potluck on Saturday by Laura Seyfried. Ingredients Crust: 20 gluten-free chocolate wafer cookies 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans 1/4 teaspoon fine salt Filling: 8 ounces semisweet […]

 Sara Swanson

January Gardening Advice for Manchester 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. January is, I think, the hardest month to be a gardener. I look outside daily, seeing the things I want […]

 Sara Swanson

December Gardening Advice for Manchester 2016

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 thought last year was going to be an anomaly in terms of how late I planted my garlic, but […]

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