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 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 […]

 Sara Swanson

World Food Championship winning bacon recipe – “Sweet Mystique”

Current World Food Championships ‘Bacon Category’ 2016 champion and 1985 Manchester High School Graduate, Chef Colleen Curley has agreed to share her award winning recipe and the story behind her victory with Manchester Mirror readers. Curley explained how the World Food Championship, the largest food sport competition in the US, works. Everyone competing in the […]

 Sara Swanson

Brown marmorated stink bugs everywhere!

Many Manchester residents have noticed over the last couple of weeks, large brown bugs in or attempting to get into their houses. While they can be startling, they are not dangerous and will not damage anything. Brown marmorated stink bugs are starting to find their way into homes as they look for a protected place […]

 Sara Swanson

October 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 have no idea where the month of September went – do you? Last I looked, it was hot and […]

 Sara Swanson

September 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. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says we have “increased probabilities of
above-normal temperatures” for August, September, and October. Seems […]

 Sara Swanson

August 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 can’t tell you how much I am ready for the heat to end! I have had friends telling me […]