DIY

Plant Heritage Seeds and Save Foods in Danger of Extinction

To fight industrialized agriculture’s squeezing out of all the beautiful, unique foods once enjoyed year round in our nation, Slow Food USA created the Ark of Taste, a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of being wiped out forever. By planting these seeds (and enjoying the bounty that follows), you can preserve a bit of culinary history for future generations.

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RECIPE: Cornmeal Buckwheat Pound Cake

When you hit the Greenmarket this weekend, pick up some Farmer Ground Flour (sold at the Cayuga Pure Organics stands) and try this earthy, rustic pound cake from June Russell, farm inspection manager for the Greenmarkets. Made of cornmeal, buckwheat and wheat, it’s a cross between cake and cornbread and makes a wonderful winter treat.

FROM OUR RECIPE ARCHIVES: Spiced Ginger Oatmeal Drops

There’s nothing like an icy cold gust of wind, soggy boots and snow on the ground to make us want to drop everything and bake. If you’re like us, turn on your oven and try this recipe for Spiced Ginger Oatmeal Drops from One Girl Cookies, which we profiled in our magazine last year.

Brooklyn Grange Loses Bees to Hurricane Sandy, Vows to Rebuild NYC’s Largest Commercial Apiary

When Hurricane Sandy’s surge waters attacked the Brooklyn water front, they didn’t just threaten human lives. More than a dozen hives on a pier in the Navy Yard served as the home base for NYC’s largest commercial apiary, the result of years of effort and a successful $22,000 Kickstarter project by Brooklyn Grange. By the time Sandy’s waters had receded, only a few of the hives remained. Most had floated away.