A Magazine About Food, Art & Exchange In Midtown Kingston, Published By The Hudson Valley Current.

WHOLE GRAIN OF THE MONTH: SPROUTED GRAIN

Until about a hundred years ago, humans harvested their grains, tied them into sheaves, and left them in the field until the grain was needed. Exposed to weather, inevitably at least some of the grain would begin to sprout. Then just a byproduct of harvest, sprouted grain is now a health-food trend that has continuously […]

BLOOMING ON THE INSIDE

It’s the season of the blossom. Tight buds burst into brilliant, silky color. Leaves are unfurling. In the northern hemisphere, baby animals are being born, from bear cubs designed to pack on hundreds of pounds to scrappy featherweight shrews. We’re swapping out the big coats for T-shirts and hoodies, feeling our shoulders relax a little […]

WINTER LIFE HACKS: TIME TO GO DEEP

And just like that, boom, it’s 2023. The frenzy of the various holidays, which impacts just about everyone who’s not living in a cave, has passed; we made it through the odd week between Christmas and New Years. Mainstream media, as they do every year, goes from pushing feasting and drinking and carrying on to […]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MI OH MY HYDROPONIC FARMS, GROWING THE FOOD JUSTICE RENAISSANCE

Microgreens are harvested young, just a week or two after seed germination. All of the energy that would go into making a large, leafy plant is concentrated in tender, tasty little sprigs of goodness. They’re rich in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and more, and can be up to 40 times as nutritionally […]

THE MINI TRIP

For the first two weeks of summer, I went to summer camp. During summer camp, a group of other camp members and I went on what they called a “mini-trip”. It consisted of backpacking, camping, and eating trail food for three nights and four days. It was a lot of fun, and we had to […]

WHAT IS FREEDOM?

Ah, freedom. It’s a word that can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The forest has many different examples of freedom. Birds fly freely wherever they want, and animals that don’t fly can also roam to their hearts desire.  You can also see freedom in the smallest things, like […]

JULY RECIPE

INGREDIENTS – English Cucumbers quartered and cut into 1 inch pieces – Sugar – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – Green Beans trimmed – Scallions cut into 2 to 3 inch pieces – Olive Oil – Lemon Zest plus 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice – Chopped fresh Dill DIRECTIONS Set-up grill for direct […]

A Late Spring Walk

It’s June now, and the sun is shining. All of the trees have gotten their leaves back, and the grass grows taller every day. The woods seem as welcoming and beautiful as ever, and you go on a little hike to get some fresh air and see the new greenery and flowers all around you. […]

Nature of Exchange Dinners: June 2021

Summer is in the air, and with it’s arrival comes the fabulous seasonal produce the Hudson Valley is famous for. Join Tilda’s chefs every Friday in June to celebrate one of these special ingredients.  The feature for June 4 will be rhubarb. This easy to grow perennial is technically a vegetable, but is most commonly […]

Happy Microbes, Happy Life: Let Food Replace Thy Medicine

There seems to be some doubt about whether Hippocrates ever actually said, “Let thy food be thy medicine, and medicine, thy food,” although he’s been credited with the insight for a long, long time. Considering what a challenge it can be to get people to agree on what happened last year or last month, it […]

Home Remedies for the Common Cold

By Rochelle Riservato Published in Country Wisdom News, February 2013 issue In order to properly address a medical issue, such as The Common Cold, we must first obtain a proper definition of such to know what we’re dealing with. Medically defined as a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, a common cold affects the […]

Soup, Glorious Soup: Reflections on a Wonder Food

The first soup-maker probably used baskets of tightly woven reeds or animal hide and dropped in a hot rock to make water that would help extract the flavor and goodness from whatever was handy. That was 20,000 years ago, as far as anyone knows. Clay pots made souping it up a lot handier, and humans […]

Our Harvest: Some Like It Hot! Horseradish

Horseradish is a perennial plant in the Brassicaceae family, along with mustard, broccoli, cabbage, and its fierce cousin, wasabi. This root vegetable is cultivated worldwide as a spice, condiment, herbal medicine as well as a religious symbol.  The name has nothing to do with horses, in fact it is poisonous to horses. The name was […]

Healing with Nature: Apple Cider Vinegar

Reprint: Country Wisdom News October 2010 Apple cider vinegar is known to have a variety of health benefits, from external uses such as soothing sunburn and treating dandruff to internal therapies that include balancing cholesterol and fighting allergies.  The word “vinegar” is derived from the Old French vin aigre, meaning “sour wine.” In the case […]

Celebrating Local Creativity and Innovation: “THE BODY NEVER LIES”

By: Paul Widerman and Eli McNamara “Food Security” is Livelihood magazine’s theme this month and addresses the reality of the necessity of food to nourish the body and speaks to the systems that are currently shifting, or are under threat, to provide us with that food. As a complement to this pressing issue, this column […]

Las Naciones Unidas Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: Hambre Cero

Aportar nuestro granito de arena aquí y ahora. El hambre está en aumento, está avanzando lentamente en algunos lugares, y duplicandose en otros, arrasando con la seguridad alimentaria de millones de personas en el mundo. La pandemia de COVID-19 hizo que las naciones se mantuvieran en cuarentena y ejercieran la distancia social, destruyendo así la […]

A Taste of CSAs and Local Markets Still Operating During the Pandemic

Obercreek Farm  89 New Hamburg Road, Wappingers Falls Obercreek Farm is a USDA Certified Organic farm located in the hamlet of Hughsonville and has been in production since 2012. They grow diversified seasonal vegetables, flowers, herbs, and hops on plants maximizing the growing space through efficient and thoughtful growing techniques that require less land to […]

UN Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger (English Translation)

Let’s contribute our grain of sand, here and now. Hunger is on the rise, slow in some places, and doubling in others, devastating the food security for millions of people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic caused nations to be on quarantine and exercise social distance, and in this way, destroying economic security and leading […]

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Good Health and Well-Being

Let’s not minimize this opportunity. With everything that has happened to us in recent months, we can see that solving the health problems we face requires rethinking ours fundamental: that universal health coverage is a human right. The 17 sustainable goals set by the United Nations include ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all […]

Celebrating Local Creativity and Innovation: Wrestling and Resilience

In response to this challenging time, I want to share some inspiration and methodologies to cultivate inner resilience developed through my 30 years spent training, competing, and coaching in the sport of wrestling.  We have our own term for resilience. We call it “mental toughness.” Cultivation of this attribute is basically “the secret” to guiding […]

Honoring its Roots: Historic Herb Farm Carries on Original Mission

By Erica Paige Schumacher The Hudson Valley is filled with important landscape artists, local nurseries, farmers, seed-savers, and stewards of its beautiful, mysterious ecosystem. But if you’ve ever felt the pull to explore the Tweefontein Herb Farm and apothecary, it’s worth the visit. Chris Boelsen and Jill Battista are herbalists and wildcrafters who offer a […]

PERSIAN GREEN

By Jennifer Muck-Dietrich 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 causes it to bolt and go to seed much faster and the leaves […]

Mindfulness: Public Policy Vs. Addiction Treatment

By Jennifer Brizzi Iron shackles and chains bound the wrists and ankles of the mentally ill in America until the middle of the 20th century. Eventually, after the practice was finally deemed inhumane, they were melted down to be recast into a 300-lb bell to signify how far we’ve come, with the connotation that the […]

Paint Your Mood Yellow!

How Health Betters With Attitude By Jennifer Brizzi     “How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.”                                                                       –Vincent […]

Let There Be Light

  Getting Through Winter Isn’t Easy by Jennifer Brizzi     Winter’s sunlight deprivation makes us cranky. Lower light levels affect the circadian rhythms that govern our hormones and brain waves. Serotonin, that happiness chemical, drops; melatonin rises. We have no energy and we sleep more. We crave carbs and eat too much. We lose […]