At The Market

Knee Surgery

By Linda Hoffman | October 16, 2017

Some of you know that I had total knee replacement surgery 10 years ago, a completely successful procedure but with a difficult and painful recuperation.  As my other knee deteriorated I tried lots of exercises and treatments to try to avoid another surgery, just limping through life.  Finally I had to give in as my…

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By Linda Hoffman | July 2, 2017

Larimer County Farmers’ Market, July 1 Always a line at Native Hill Farm’s Booth   I make it a point to arrive early.  The market opens at 8, runs til noon.  When I arrive early, parking is not a problem, and even though there are lines of customers waiting to check out or be helped,…

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Healthy Mayonnaise?

By Linda Hoffman | June 19, 2017

Check the ingredients label on your Olive Oil Mayonnaise jar.  The front label says “Olive Oil Mayonnaise.”  But on the back, the first ingredient listed is soybean oil.  Why?  Because it’s cheap and olive oil is expensive by comparison, especially good quality olive oil.  They know we shop by comparing prices, so they cut corners…

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Coloradoan column about Salads

By Linda Hoffman | June 13, 2017

The paper didn’t print my whole column, left out the recipe.  Here you go!   Coloradoan Spring Greens It’s salad season!  With the onset of warmer temperatures, why not experiment with some new and different lettuces and greens as the base for your summer salads?  The leafy greens are some of the easiest vegetables to…

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Chile Peppers Explained

By Linda Hoffman | May 25, 2017

There is a bewildering array of chile peppers available to us at the supermarkets (and farmers’ markets later in the summer) varying from mild to hot to extremely hot.  Not knowing the difference can result in a surprisingly spicy dish when we just want a little “kick.” Chile refers to an individual species of pepper,…

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Random Thoughts…

By Linda Hoffman | August 22, 2016

Artificial flavor in lemonade, real lemon in furniture polish.  Alfred Newman Junk Food.  It can either be junk or it can be food.  It can’t be both.  Dan Kittredge Consumption of soft drinks increased from 23.3 gallons to 54 gallons per person per year. In 2009, 25% of all vegetables eaten by kids were…ta da! …

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“Every Meal is a Choice”

By Linda Hoffman | June 30, 2016

Our love affair with convenience and speed led us to processed foods, which many of us rely on to the point that we no longer cook at home.  Or if we do cook, we no longer cook from scratch, depending on boxed and canned and frozen foods for our meals.  The problem is that most…

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2013 Farmers’ Markets Are Here!

By Linda Hoffman | May 6, 2013

The 2013 Farmers’ Markets are up and running, not a moment too soon!  The very freshest produce, usually harvested the day before or day of the market, meaning that nutrient content is highest.  When produce is harvested for distant markets, to be shipped 1000 miles or even more, it is usually harvested before it is…

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Eating and Shopping Seasonally

By Linda Hoffman | January 14, 2013

How do we know what is “in season” when we are shopping?  We can buy cantaloupe anytime of the year we feel like it.  How can there be “personal” watermelons in December?  Cherries in January?  Asparagus, a spring crop, is available year round now.  How do we know what to buy, if we want to…

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