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Life on the Farm

Winter Citrus

Sunny colored fruits warm cold-weather months and while having them shipped in is an understandable option, so is shopping from growers such as Bhumi in Bordentown and Well-Sweep in Warren County. Kate Munning taps both and extends limited sunshine by making marmalade.

Growing, in the Dead of Winter

TPW’s backyard farmer Alessia Eramo sows now so she can be snowed under with produce come the height of the 2023 season.

A Tough Nut to Crack

Pine Barrens homesteader and LOTF columnist Lauren Vitagliano loves a challenge in the kitchen. So when she decided to ring in the holiday season by tackling a 26-pound harvest of chestnuts from a nearby farm, she figured marron glacés would be très magnifique. Read on to learn what happened.

Stop and Smell the Garlic

An anonymous someone once said, “Shallots are for babies, onions are for men, garlic is for heroes.” LOTF columnist Kate Munning pays homage to that clever gastronome with a planting late every fall so she can reap its rewards the following summer.

Birds from Paradise

One visit to a mindfully run animal farm can make it quite evident that all turkeys are not raised equally. In her first Life on the Farm column for TPW, Abigail Sickler takes us from a Butterball upbringing to her farm in Cumberland County, where the grasses on which her turkeys graze aren’t just greener, they’re a veritable salad bar.

Herbal Essences

Pine Barrens homesteader and LOTF columnist Lauren Vitagliano made a couple of new BFFs in her garden this growing season. Now that it’s harvest time, she’s experimenting with ways to keep their essences alive – including the use of an alembic still.

Delicious Autumn

Our backyard farmer’s ’scape is less flush with ripe produce these days. But Alessia Eramo still dines on the riches of her late-season vegetables and fruits and watches how, even in fall, her garden feeds nature. Dig in for tips to set the home-growing stage for 2023.

Zucchini Antipasto

Low-tech preservation is the right kind of “slow” – and it’s as forgiving as the good-hearted nonna who spoils only with her abbondanza. Kate Munning shares reasoning, resources and the right recipe to get you started.

The Seeds Planted

Lauren Vitagliano’s homestead is in the heart of the Pine Barrens, a natural treasure that is fertile and fruitful, lush with native plants and hospitable to what might not easily grow elsewhere. In this, her first Life on the Farm column, Lauren tells us about growing flax and how she uses it to up the ante on her honey.

What’s Your Lawn Done for You Lately?

Grass isn’t the way to live a greener life. Alessia Eramo farms in her back yard in the city of Clifton, a commercial hub in suburbia, providing food for her family and friends. Her Life on the Farm columns will educate and inspire – starting today.

The Good Egg

From backyard hens come a symbol of fertility and potential that can yield to everything from bar snacks to an elegant pastry cream. In our inaugural Life on the Farm column, Kate Munning brings it all home.

Meet Our New Column

And some of our new columnists, who will be telling stories from the lands that they love and they work. They may grow, they may forage, they may explore with wonder and a mind-set to protect and preserve. They do right by the environment, even as they feed their families and friends in many of the same ways as the folks did who lived in our Garden State centuries ago. We hope you learn from what they share and perhaps be inspired and curious enough to engage.


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