13 Things You’ll Actually Want To Do With Kale
Jul22

13 Things You’ll Actually Want To Do With Kale

By Advocate Staff Like an itchy sweater your auntie knitted, you can’t just throw kale out, you have to do something with it. Lord knows eating it is out of the question, so here are some suggestions for how to get the most out of that claw-like green: 1. Hang a sprig over your doorway to ward off prowling rednecks. 2. Scrub with it in the shower — for that fresh exfoliated feel! 3. Use it to make pretentious seasonal solstice wreaths...

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Vegetable Valley: Columnist and author Claire Hopley on what to do with all those local veggies
Jul22

Vegetable Valley: Columnist and author Claire Hopley on what to do with all those local veggies

Many of us have faced an inevitable problem. You bring in the bounty of a farm share. You’ve done the right thing, aided the local economy and your health. You should feel proud — your counter is jammed to capacity with celeriac, beets, radishes, carrots, and a wagonload of kale. But it’s a quiet little secret that, at this point, those of us who don’t do things like knit our own leg warmers or whip up four-course meals in minutes...

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Plotting Out a Harvest: Northampton Community gardeners dish on what they’re doing with the harvest
Jul22

Plotting Out a Harvest: Northampton Community gardeners dish on what they’re doing with the harvest

The green-thumbed spend hours in the summer sun growing delicious food that all seems to be ready to harvest at the same time, in abundance. So, what happens to the over-abundance of bounty once it’s pulled from the ground? We stopped by the Northampton Community Garden — a 420-plot cooperative located on Burts Pit Road, on the former grounds of the State Hospital’s kitchen garden — to ask a few locals what they plan to do with the...

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PODCAST Taste-Off! Slice  Showdown Part 3, pizza from the northern Valley
Jul22

PODCAST Taste-Off! Slice Showdown Part 3, pizza from the northern Valley

It’s round three in our all-Valley pizza slice smackdown. This month we tasted pies from the northern half of the Valley, grabbing slices of cheese from Amherst House of Pizza, Sibie’s, and Sub and Pizza, all of Amherst; Antonio’s and Papa George’s, both of Easthampton; Hillside and Primo Pizzeria, both of Deerfield; Frontier Pizza in Sunderland; and Roberto’s in Greenfield. Advocate staff chose to review cheese slices because if you...

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Our crappy diets are speeding up climate change: Livestock responsible for 20 percent of all greenhouse gases
Jul22

Our crappy diets are speeding up climate change: Livestock responsible for 20 percent of all greenhouse gases

E veryone has counted calories at some point. Some of us tally them religiously. I only think of them when I’m staring at the side of a cereal box at two in the morning. But given the state of our warming world — rising sea levels, falling bee populations, and all that — we really should put those math chops toward stabilizing the health of the planet. We can start by paying as much attention to the energy that goes into producing our...

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Madame Barfly: Summertime and the Drinkin’s Easy
Jul22

Madame Barfly: Summertime and the Drinkin’s Easy

For every season there is a drink. Just as beer nuts ditch cold-weather porters and quads to settle their summertime cravings for IPAs and light brews, cocktail sippers also change their choice of beverage with the heat. Fruity, delicious cocktails enjoyed on the porch are to summer as sipping bourbon by the fire is to winter. Here are some suggestions for satisfying your boozy summer urges. Sit back, sip, relax, and let your work day...

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