Morel Mushrooms

Mushroom mania is catching in the Rondout Valley thanks to a very special, very tasty, very fussy and unpredictable gem – the morel (Morchella) mushroom.  Not a beauty by any means (unless you consider food that looks like a dirty sponge on a stalk enticing),...

Stinking Rose, Garlic

The Stinking Rose   As a relative of the onion, shallot, leek and chive, garlic is the oldest known cultivated crop.  Garlic is believed to be derived from central Asian or Southwestern Siberia. Why it’s called The Stinking Rose is up for debate as it is more...

Spinach

  Spinach (spinacia oleracea) in the Amaranthaceae family is native to central and western Asia in the area formerly known as Persia. It germinates in temperatures of 45 to 75 degrees and grows best in the cooler seasons. Higher temperatures cause it to bolt and...