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Dennis Chesley, co-founder of the New Hampshire Mushroom Company, prepares a customer purchase during the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Tilton Winter Farmers Market in need of a new home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Joan O’Connor, the manager of the Tilton Winter Farmers Market, envisions a bright, expansive space for the market. A place with atmosphere, a facility full of sunlight that is reminiscent of Boston’s Faneuil Hall. “I’d love a beautiful building,” she said. “Some kind of a building that gives you mental health in the dead of winter.” But as summer speeds …

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban on Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. U.S. and Mexican health …

Appeals court upholds California shark fin ban

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The 2-1 ruling upheld …

Scientists have discovered a new taste that could make food more delicious

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Taste, the sense that allows us to appreciate the beauty of good food, is something scientists understand fairly well. The sensation we feel when eating a piece of cake, chewing on a hamburger or taking the first bite of a piping hot piece of pizza is triggered when …

Added sugar: Proposed food label would say how much to eat

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Are you eating too much added sugar? The nutrition facts label may one day help figure that out. The government is proposing that food labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars – the “percent daily value.” The Food and Drug Administration proposed an …

Embracing a new grain for a fresh take on bibimbap bowls

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bibimbap is incredibly trendy in urban centers right now. Not familiar with it? You’ll want to be! Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl – white rice topped with meats, veggies, kimchee (intensely pickled cabbage) and hot sauce. Often, …

From My Kitchen: My favorite blueberry muffins

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To me the best recipes are the ones regular people like me have been making for ages. There’s a place in my kitchen for fancy cookbooks for sure (I love sitting down with a gorgeous new cookbook and …

Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They …

For the love of lavender

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My niece is getting married at my house in September, and so my garden is more about flowers this year than vegetables. Which is why I was moaning the other day to Danielle, the True Brew barista, as …

Five kitchen gadgets to keep out of your kitchen

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The other day, a friend asked me to write about the uselessness of the salad spinner. Now, I kind of like our salad spinner. It does a pretty good job of drying greens, and it’s excellent for getting the sand out of bok choy (cut bok choy in …

Justice Dept.: Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they inadvertently poison their customers. The administration has stepped up criminal enforcement on food …

Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavored seaweed

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bacon-flavored seaweed? What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented. Dulse is a form of edible seaweed that grows wild …

PHOTOS: Visitors play Name That Veggie at Canterbury Farmers Market

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Name That Veggie was the name of the game at the Canterbury Community Farmers Market on Wednesday. Visitors of all ages stopped by a table where board member Ruth Smith sat smiling with a dozen different vegetables and …