08/22/14 6:00am
The bride and groom: Jocelyn Podlas and Gene Senendlewski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The bride and groom: Jocelyn Podlas and Gene Senendlewski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Congratulations to Bob and Mary Raffel, two awesome people who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows. They had a wonderful party attended by family and friends. Mary and Bob, I love you both dearly and wish you lots of love and happiness in your future together. We had a great time celebrating with you. God bless and congratulations! (more…)

07/24/14 5:00am
Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 2 at (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 2 at Baiting Hollow Congregational Church. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

I hope all’s well with everyone as we enjoy this rather cool summer. I love it!

Baiting Hollow Congregational Church’s annual chicken barbecue will take place Saturday, Aug. 2. If you’ve never gone, you should. Chicken with all the trimmings will make you content. Takeout will be available. The rain date is Aug. 3 but hopefully that won’t be needed. Enjoy!  (more…)

06/28/14 6:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Happy summer! May it go very, very slow and be a nice, balmy 80 degrees or so.

If you didn’t get any strawberries yet you may still have a few days, but beware, they’re almost gone. As one tasty fruit leaves, something else takes its place. Peas, zucchini and squash have arrived and on the near horizon will be sweet corn.  (more…)

06/14/14 6:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The strawberries are here and they’re delicious! Keep in mind that if it rains they will become waterlogged, especially if it’s a heavy rain, so get yours during a nice dry spell. Here’s an easy way to hull them: Simply insert a straw through the top of the berry and the hull, or green crown — comes right off. Try it!  (more…)

05/31/14 5:00am
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

And so it begins — summer! I know, not quite yet, but still it’s the unofficial beginning and may it go slowly. The strawberries are arriving at a slower pace this year because of the cold temperatures but hopefully they, along with the asparagus, will last a bit longer this season.

Now is a good time to plant whatever you’d like. (more…)