Category Archives: News

Bundle Up Your Garden

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After the winter of 2013-2014, many of us want to be more vigilant to protect our precious trees and perennials from the big chill. For me, …

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All Things Pumpkin

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Last week at my pumpkin demo during Homestead Garden’s Fall Fest, I promised all of the tasters I would give the recipes this …

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Cook It, Color It Pumpkin-even the Seeds!

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While we are still weeks away from full fall color in nature, a definite undertone of yellow and bronze, red and maroon is creeping over the …

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Veteran Compost Grows the Full Circle

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What do I mean by the above title? Using redworms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich humus is known as vermicomposting and the benefits of …

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Look to the Seasons for What to Cook

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 As we remain firmly in the glow of summery September (minus the humidity), a rainbow of apples has nudged the last of the summer fruits …

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Did You Catch that Harvest Moon? + More Harvest Food

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September’s burst of summer glory segues brilliantly into the glorious hues of autumn. It’s such a great time of year for produce. This menu highlights produce and meat still …

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Harvest Moon Menus

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Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Some folklore oriented farmers I know describe the Harvest moon as the full moon which lights the way between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. What it always signifies is …

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Celebrating Summer Holiday Food and Drink

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When I saw found this recipe on a food conglomerate, The Kitchen, I couldn’t wait for a special event to try it. Now that the …

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Planting Edibles for Fall-Your Second Harvest

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With Gene Sumi, Education Coordinator, Homestead Gardens, Inc.

Your second harvest: Start now, and you can double your yield this year and enjoy homegrown flavor into fall …

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Vibrant Food-In Living Color

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 Stuck in a Food Rut? EAT the Rainbow-It’s the happiest, healthiest and prettiest way to eat since it turns out cooking with all the colors of the rainbow leads to vibrant, nutritious meals. In my culinary …

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Casual Entertaining with the Chesapeake Harvest-SANDWICH SHARE

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Yummy Unique Gazpacho
Sandwich Share-Smoked Salmon, Cucumber on Whole Wheat Naan
Fresh Peach Frangipane Tart

 As we planned our annual midday poolside get together, …

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Hopscotch for a Whole Month!

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Well, ya’ll get hip hoppin’ on over to the largest upscale sidewalk sale Homestead Gardens’ has ever had! Look up and follow the banners hanging from …

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Abundant Chesapeake Local Harvest

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There is total focus on Buy Local Week once again for the summer season. The Governor’s Cook Off takes place, restaurants make a big effort to showcase …

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More Chesapeake Harvest

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Chilled Carrot and Summer Squash Soup
‘bama-Style Chicken Kebabs 
We’re still grooving on the highlights of Chesapeake harvest (and will be for a time to …

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Beginning Gardeners Series

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A Beginner’s Guide to GardeningTopic #1: Basic Gardening Tools
Homestead Gardens would like to inspire and assist novice gardeners by providing you with a series of useful Beginners’ Guides to Home Gardening. …

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Chesapeake Mid-Summer Harvest

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 “Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
Recently I visited Sweden as a traveler, not a tourist. There is a distinction, as being the tourist is superficial, while the traveler develops a deeper connection …

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The Best Fireworks Displays in the Chesapeake Bay Area

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner and the Chesapeake Bay region is home to some of the most exquisite fireworks displays in the country. Our beautiful landscape provides breathtaking vantage points for …

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A Patriotic 4th

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“Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
Gather your friends and use our patriotic decorating and entertaining ideas for this year’s 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners, table runners, napkins, centerpieces, …

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Readying for the Fourth of July

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Summer’s hottest holiday arrives with a bang and lots of excitement! Break out your bright red, hot and blue table toppers and keep …

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Go for The Garden Party

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“Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
The term, garden party automatically creates a mood and brings images of blooms, greens and out-of-doors fetes which can be elegant, whimsical, coastal or casual.

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