Easter and the Side Dishes

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Just to make sure I have your attention, the above photo gives you a taste of dessert early on. These Coconut Toasties (recipe below) …

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Add A Touch of Spring to Sandwiches

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Herbs in cocktails? Fruit on sandwiches? It must be spring-finally! The big trends are here to branch out to use fresh herbs …

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Hens on The Loose, Along with Their Eggs

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Here at HG we don’t just consider the chicks on the loose, but the big feathered gals, their eggs, and how to appreciate those …

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Fresh and Green from Herrington on the Bay

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Every year during Homestead Gardens Spring Open House, Green Drinks/Annapolis Green hosts a vibrant “Eco Happy Hour” with food created by Herrington On The …

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“From Beach to Bar” at Evelyn’s

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 Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
“Beach to Bar”? This is a title for resort wear/warm sunny weather dressing form one of the buyers for Evelyn’s Boutique. The complete line of fashions at …

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Lights, Camera, Action-Spring 2014!

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
Setting the Stage is Homestead Gardens spectacular Spring Open House theme this year to bridge the gap from trying winter storms to a season filled with sunshine …

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Mushrooms Exotica

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All mushrooms are luscious to many of us. They are also versatile and especially good-for-you. However, if you have an introduction to the mushroom exotica family such as porcini (also …

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A Good Time Was Had By All-New Farm and Pet Department

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by Rita Calvert
Lots of our four-legged brought their masters to the brand-spanking new department of pet accessories and goodies; they had a blast. I also had a great time meeting the fur friends …

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New Farm and Pet Department Grand Opening-Discounts and Education

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Seasonal Happenings by Rita Calvert
Now it’s official…The brand new Farm and Pet Department at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, is about to have a grand opening weekend February 22 and 23.
Brian Riddle explained …

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Share the Love

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
Don’t forget to tell your special people you love them…every day and especially on the day of love! What better sentiment on Valentine’s Day than to share the …

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Foods to Fight the Winter Blues

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  Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
With daylight savings time comes shorter days, colder temperatures, and darker mornings. Winter can be a challenging time for many people, especially in the snow belt …

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When Gene Sumi Speaks, We Listen

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by Rita Calvert
Every year both stores of Homestead Gardens feature winter workshops to help us get charged up for planting and growing seasons and just help educate by answering many questions. Gene Sumi …

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Brilliant Tipsy Tomatoes-Bloody Mary Style, for the Big Game!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Rich, that is, by way of flavor AND nutrition. So surprise, these little bites satisfy without empty loaded calories! Since we’re talking about Superbowl, …

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Winning Winter Vegetables

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not one of the benefits. Eating locally through the winter can be …

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Support Your Local Farmer

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So, who’s your farmer?

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Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

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It’s the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half empty. …

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All Plants Think About Is Sex!

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
Lucky me, to be able to visit Selby Boatanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida for the holidays. The real beauty of the exhibit this time of year is the night …

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Have a Hoot on New Year’s Eve

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
Here you have some cleverly darling ideas for a New Year theme, This week a fabulous truffle cookie recipe is included-Sparkling Truffle Cookies. These spccial …

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Santa Paws-More, More, More!

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
It’s not just Friday evening for our event of Santa giving a big ol’ lap to your favorite critter, not just a brand new …

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The Holiday Libations Tree and Tabletop Treasures

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
You can not miss the wine and beer tree! It is a sight to behold and partake! Wine accessories abound with glasses, platters, trays, cocktail forks …

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