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Issue #151 - March 18, 2007
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Greetings from
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In this issue...
Stalking the Wild Banana
Farro Soup Recipe
Plus Northern New England Events!

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Worth Quoting

"You are only sure of today;
do not let yourself be cheated out of it."

Henry Ward Beecher

More New England proverbs & quotes

Notes from my Back Porch...

It'll be awhile until the fiddleheads start emerging...we just got a pile of snow
the night before St. Patty's Day.  But I thought I'd send along a story written by
a native New Englander about her memories of wild edibles (like fiddleheads)
that emerge in the spring....(see "Stalking the Wild Banana, below). ~M

Stalking the Wild Banana
"When I was little, I unreservedly believed everything Dad told me. For
example, he told me once, 'If you put pussy willows in the oven, they’ll come
out as kittens.' I tried it and it didn’t work, but Dad told me other things that
turned out to be true and encouraged my appetite for natural knowledge. Even
so, I learned to take what he taught me with a grain of salt or more, depending
on what it was."
Read on...

Farro Soup (Food of the Roman Legions)
By Charlie Burke
Grano Farro is the original grain which fed the Mediterranean region for
thousands of years. Similar to spelt, it was ground into coarse flour and served
as the precursor of polenta in Italy long before corn was introduced from the
Americas. Farro served as the primary ration of the Roman Legions as they
conquered much of the European continent before it was replaced by higher
yielding grains after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

Charmingfare Farm ~ Candia, NH  ~ Sat April 7, 2007
Amazing, Super Egg-Citing Egg Hunt
Charmingfare Farm presents the Amazing, Super Egg-Citing Egg Hunt. The
hunt kicks off at 11 am. Guests are asked to arrive early to register. Children
receive an egg carton and keep the eggs they find. Over $2,500 worth of prizes
will to be given away. Steve Thomas is the host for the event. Judy Pancoast
provides musical entertainment and the Easter Bunny will pose for your
photos. For more information call 483-5623 or on line at

We bet you're ready for some Flower Shows!

Bangor (Maine) Garden Show
17th Annual Garden Show  
March 23-25, 2007 @ Bangor Civic Center & Auditorium

Northern New England Home, Garden & Flower Show
May 18-20, 2007 @ Fryeburg Fairgrounds (Maine)

Seacoast Home, Garden & Flower Show (New Hampshire)
March 30- April 1, 2007 @ Whittemore Center, UNH

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Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events


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