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03/29/16

Why Not Walk to Work?

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 “The more we walk, the closer we get,” wrote SAGE President Paco Rodriguez in a blog chronicling his 156-mile backpacking trip with his daughter on the Camino de Santiago last summer. April 1 is National Walk to Work Day. For many of us, walking to work sounds like a good idea. But actually doing it? We quickly dismiss the idea—it's too far, too difficult, too time consuming. SAGE's President Paco Rodriguez thought that, too, until he started walking to...

03/22/16

Zeke's Coffee: Small-Batch Roasts with Big Baltimore Flavor

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A slow, plaintive melody rises above the resonant thrum of roasting machines that busies the mild afternoon air. As I make my way toward the warmth and hum of the warehouse, a young man strides over to me. His brown beard frames a broad smile as he catches my hand in an easy shake: “I'm Brett. Welcome to Zeke's.” In 2005, Brett's uncle, Thomas Rhodes, began roasting his own coffee beans in a one-pound roaster in Baltimore. He sold...

08/17/15

Eat What You Can, Can What You Can't

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Canning fruits and vegetables has made a big comeback. Sales of home canning equipment have surged since 2008, in large part due to a growing interest in eating more healthfully and reviving traditions from a simpler time. Late summer is a great time to take advantage of the bounty of your home garden or your local farmer's market and create some treats that will last through the winter. Canning has become so popular Ball canning jars has partnered with Canning...

06/22/15

5 Rules for Picking Summer Produce

Nutrition, Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Have you ever bought produce only to find it's too ripe, or not ripe enough? It can be challenging to choose perfect produce every time. We've put together five simple rules to guide your purchases this summer: Trust your sense of smell. The scent of some produce can help determine whether it's ripe. Fruit should smell fragrant, particularly melons, berries and stone fruits like plums, peaches and nectarines. Handle with care. Ripe fruits like plums should yield to gentle pressure...

04/22/15

Celebrating Mother Earth

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Today is the perfect time to go outside and marvel at nature and the beauty that surrounds us. It's Earth Day! Earth Day may be a relatively new holiday, but it has a lot of influence. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the U.S. in 1970; later that year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was founded as a direct consequence. Today, Earth Day is a global initiative, bringing together millions of people worldwide. So as you step outside...

03/24/15

Green With Envy - Creating A Great Garden

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Spring has sprung! Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. Whether you have a large yard or a small space on your deck or windowsill, here's our advice for creating a green space this season. Getting started Pick a location. No matter if it's inside or out, it should have access to at least six-hours of sunlight per day. If you are planting your garden outside, have your soil tested for acidity and nutrient content. This is...

10/08/14

What is Fair Trade?

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen

Did you know that 2 billion of the world's workers survive on less than $2 per day?  October is Fair Trade Month – celebrating a movement that seeks greater equity in international trade by producing sustainable livelihoods and opportunities in some of the poorest countries in the world. Fair Trade is a partnership that creates harmony between producers, businesses and consumers around the world. Fair Trade-labeled products, among them coffee, bananas, sugar, and chocolate, undergo a rigorous certification process...

09/20/14

Plant Garlic Now for Spring Harvest

Sustainability, From Our Kitchen, Gardens

Now is the time to plant garlic. It's super easy and does not require much work. Typically, garlic is planted from the end of September through November, four to six weeks before the ground freezes, depending on where you live. It is best to plant after a light frost, but well before the ground freezes. Garlic should have good root growth before winter starts, but minimal above-ground growth. So head over to a local farm or garden center and pick...

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