Author Archive | Casey O'Leary

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Spring planting advice from a local farmer

Illustration by Felicia Weston.

For gardeners old and new, the first sunny days of spring incite an industrious fervor that can border on insanity. If ever there was a way to bite off more than you can chew, it’s planting a garden after a long winter’s amnesia. Weeds? What are those? Canning? It’s heaven on Earth!

So before you rip up half your lawn and start buying seeds, and your … Read More

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Mold and Fruit Flies: A Canning Romance

They’re staring at me. Precarious piles of overripe red fruits oozing rivulets of juice across the counter, pooling at the edge until they reach a critical mass and the river becomes a waterfall, plummeting over the edge onto the kitchen floor.

It’s hot. Damn hot. And instead of lounging in the shade of a tree, I’m still in this damn kitchen, sweating over the steam bath of large canning pots. … Read More

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Allium Games: Local Farmers Run the Great Idaho Garlic Gauntlet

Photo by Guy Hand.

A brand new variety of garlic is hitting shelves for planting this fall, thanks to the efforts of a Boise farmer—Lori Bevan of Field Goods Farm. The variety, which Bevan named Uzbek Porcelain due to the bulb’s origins in Uzbekistan, has never before been available to gardeners in the United States. Five years ago, the quiet, somewhat reticent Bevan began the journey to introduce a handful … Read More

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The Craft of Crust: Acme Bakeshop Takes on the Treasure Valley

Photo by Guy Hand.

Entering the Acme Bakeshop through an unassuming door in a Garden City warehouse lineup, every cliché I’d ever heard to describe that experience walloped me over the head. That smell—yeasty, warm, humid—it was like coming home, like walking into a womb. Bread is of us, somewhere deep and undeniable. It made me want to curl up on the concrete floor with a blanket and take a … Read More

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