Farmer’s Market Project: Make a Salad with Kids

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited.  It’s finally May, which means that the farmer’s market is now open!  Well…we’re lucky — there is a winter market near me.  But I never went (I know, I know).  I just love the outdoor market in the summer, with all of its fresh produce, warm sun, lots of healthy people running around….  It can be overwhelming, but it is an amazing experience.  Even when things are a bit expensive, I go at least once a […]

Eating Seasonally This Spring: An Interview with Shannon of Nourishing Days

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If you’ve ever thought about learning to eat more seasonally, now is the time. Farmer’s markets all over the continent are beginning to open up, and overflowing with seasonal harvest like peas, lettuce, spinach and other green leafies, garlic, strawberries, rhubarb, green onions, fresh herbs and more. One of our contributing writers here at KOTH also happens to be a huge advocate of eating locally, seasonally and sustainably. So much so that this past winter she put out her first ebook, Simple Food {for Winter}, […]

Frugal Living with Food Sensitivities

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One major area that women attempt to be frugal is in the kitchen. I know I do; it’s probably “my” main area!  (In others my husband and I work together.)  But when you have food sensitivities or have to be on a special diet, sometimes being frugal in the kitchen isn’t so easy.  However, it is possible!  We’ve recently lowered our grocery budget quite a bit, despite attempting to be low-grain, so I have some experience in food limitations […]

Finding a Local Farmer

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer With spring just around the corner, that means it’s time for outside activities!  Gardening is a big one we’ve been talking about in the last couple of weeks. But maybe, for some reason, you aren’t planning a garden.  Maybe you don’t have the space, or the time.  I understand that!  I’m having a baby in early August, right in the middle of “harvest” season, so gardening isn’t exactly my first priority this year, either. But just because you’re not […]

Organic Food on a Budget

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Written by Angela Beery, Contributing Writer Now that the spring season is upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about fresh, local produce! Many exciting opportunities are ahead of us in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to taking a stroll down to the farmer’s market, grilling locally grown vegetables and picking my own strawberries at a local farm! During this tough economic time, many families who normally buy solely organic food are finding it more […]

Questions to Ask at Your Local Farmer’s Market

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Photo by shaggyshoo I grew up in West Michigan where the local farmer’s market was always a highlight of the summer.  Early on Saturday mornings my sisters and I would head to the market with mom to buy yummy, fresh, and local produce, and THE BEST cinnamon rolls from a Mennonite family to eat on Sunday mornings before church! My mom was raised on a farm in Ohio, so she always taught us the value of fresh produce, whether we grew it ourselves in our […]

Real Food on a Real Budget: Finding Sources for Purchasing Real Food

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Today’s post is a brief excerpt taken from Chapter 2 of my new book, Real Food on a Real Budget. The chapter explores how we can examine the options and resources available to us, as we seek to find sources of high-quality AND affordable food wherever we live. ******* It’s a bit of a game to me. I confess that I love the hunt of finding new resources for getting better and better quality foods on the same budget. I’m always on the lookout for […]