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Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. It's really important to check ahead to make sure a farm is open for picking. If you want to add someone/something ( e.g., if organic) or notice an error please let me know — you can send a comment at the end of the post. Read more ...

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

The other day I posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie that called for honey in place of sugar. I got an email from Jane Johnson, who lives in Forest City Township on the shores of East Grand Lake and the headwaters of the St. Croix River — "remote by choice," she told me. I happened to mention in the recipe that honey wasn't vegan and Jane suggested substituting maple syrup. Read more ...

Don't Miss This: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac's Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

Don't Miss This: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac's Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

My plan was to write about rhubarb and share a healthy rhubarb pie recipe. That's because rhubarb is low in calories and has an assortment of vitamins and minerals that are good for us. And, it's in season.

Trouble is, most rhubarb recipes are loaded with sugar to cut its strong tart flavor. I asked several friends if they had a rhubarb pie recipe I could use and they all told me they don't eat rhubarb anymore because they're trying to avoid sugar. Read more ...

Where to pick strawberries in Maine

Where to pick strawberries in Maine

Is there anything else quite as delicious as a handful of freshly picked strawberries? Check out the Catching Health list of farms across Maine that let you pick your own strawberries. Read more ...

Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Why does it hurt when a black fly bites?

Black flies may not transmit diseases in the United States like deer ticks and mosquitos do, but they sure can be a nuisance. Read more ...

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Spring Has Arrived in Maine and so Have the Farmers' Markets

Saturday was such a beautiful day — perfect for a trip to the Farmers' Market at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. Yes, the season had begun. I couldn't help but take a few pictures. See more ...

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

A taste of the Mediterranean: Olives — their oil and our health

Guest post by Kit Broihier, MS, RD, LD
Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Continuing with the Mediterranean eating theme practically requires that we cover olives and olive oil at some point in the discussion, since they are so widely consumed by Mediterranean cultures. Traditionally, a Mediterranean diet calls for eating several olives (maybe up to 10) or consuming 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil each day. Let’s take a look at what the benefits of this practice may be.