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March brings the final days of winter and introduces the beginning of spring. You may already have some spring onions and garlic greens to play with as well as some of your hardier herbs, like thyme. As the garden gets busier, quick breads like biscuits and Irish soda bread, are more appealing. If you didn’t make pancakes in February, there’s a good chance you’ll be making them this month…or maybe Hammentaschen.

Pancakes or no pancakes, we will be making Pi every March 14th. Maybe pizza, maybe a fruit filled dessert pie, but we will celebrate the infinite one way or the other.

If you farm or garden, you will begin March by preparing the bulk of your seeds for this year. Some items, such as lettuce and peas might get reseeded throughout the season, but the best time to get most things started is now. You may be lucky enough to already have some fresh lettuce and arugula in your salads and sandwiches from last year. If you are in the Pacific Northwest and your ground is workable, you can start to put in onion sets.

Quiche with pastizzi layer

Pastizzi Quiche

When you have some puff pastry to play with and can't choose between Pastizzi or Quiche, make both!

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Italian Sausage

Hot Italian Sausage

Hot Italian Sausage Delicious spicy Italian sausage with inclusions of dried cherry tomatoes, dry cured olives, and orange peels...

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Larry Fiege of Fiege's Farm BC Big Leaf Maple Syrup

Larry Fiege of Fiege’s Farm, talking about BC Big Leaf Maple Syrup

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Dandelion Flowers

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An adult 7-Spot ladybug, and a ladybug larvae helping to control the Black Aphid on a bean plant.

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1.These seedlings have a slightly blueish tinge, indicating that they've begun to lack nutrient.

Potting on Tomatoes

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Nettle Risotto

Stinging Nettle Risotto

Recipe by Jacqui Shannon, adapted from Hugh Fearnly-Whittngstall What’s not to love about nettles? Photos and article by Jacqui Shannon....

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