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Shrubs Are For Drinking

Refreshments

Fall is the perfect time to make additions to your home bar. Shrubs are a simple and sneaky way to incorporate more diverse and delicious flavors into everything you drink, be it alcoholic or non. Shrub is a somewhat unusual name choice for what it actually is, which is a drinking vinegar infused with fruit and herbs. The flavor is sweet yet tart and tingly. 

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Plant Your Trees in Fall, The Ideal Time for Success

Planting

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Don’t Avoid This Autumnal Asian Treat

Food: The Secret to Tofu

Among the various foods many people avoid — boxed coffee cake, tripe, licorice (stale, odd, nasty, in that order) — is a staple of Asian cooking. Tofu, known sometimes as bean curd, is white and bland as chalk, only smoother. Once a month, the Chinese government sent wagons of tofu into Beijing compounds, and when I was living there, my neighbors lined up for free food.

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2019 Salisbury Fall Festival

Friday, October 11
19th Annual Scarecrow Contest
9 am – 6 pm See the many scarecrows lining Main Street in both Salisbury and Lakeville. Then vote for your favorite in each of FOUR categories: Individual/Family, Business/Non-Profit, School, and Kids (12 and under). Ballots available at the Salisbury General Store & Pharmacy and at On the Run in Lakeville.
Friends of Scoville Library
9 am – 10 am Giant Book Sale – Early bird buying $10 per person.

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Refreshing, Bubbly, But Is It a Tonic, Too?

Refreshments

Kombucha is having a moment. Options are springing up left and right: on draft, bottled, canned and flavored according to season. It’s a fun time to be a fan of this fermented fizzy beverage. This begs the question, what exactly is kombucha? Is it alive? Does it have health-giving properties? 

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Plant Some Peonies This Fall and Be Rewarded in Spring

Gardening

Early fall is the perfect time to plant, transplant or divide peonies in your landscape. Peonies are herbaceous perennials that have few rivals for their floral display and foliage. Their exquisite, large blossoms, often fragrant, make excellent cut flowers, and the foliage provides a lovely background for annuals or other perennials after the blossoms have faded. 

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One Last Perfect Summer Salad, Even Though It’s Now Fall

Food

Salade Nicoise is surely one of France’s most treasured and  universally appreciated dishes. Originated in Provence, specifically Nice, it can be found on virtually every menu, in every bistro, across the country. Recipe variations are equal in numbers. Could that be the kind of flexibility that proves the depth of a recipe?
There are devout tradi­tionalists, as well as avant-garde nouvelle cuisine devotees. Famed chefs from Escoffier to Julia Child to Gordon Ramsay and more have all contributed their recipes, conventional or not so much.

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Keillor To Talk About Everything

Talks

Simon Winchester hopes that you’ll bring your tough #MeToo questions to his onstage chat with Garrison Keillor. 
That talk will be on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m. at the historic meeting house in New Marlborough, one of the five small villages on the outskirts of Great Barrington. 

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This Is The Season To Try Hard Cider

Hard Cider

If there were one word that could sum up the category of hard cider until very recently, it would probably be “afterthought.” Given the wide range of styles, flavor profiles and versatility that cider offers, this is truly shocking. With fall unofficially underway, now is the perfect time to explore this fermented beverage in all its complexity and deliciousness. 

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Moss Wisdom: Beauty and Benefit

Gardening

I spoke to a remarkable gardener recently — Annie Martin, or as she prefers to be known, “Mossin’ Annie.” Based in Pisgah Forest, in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, she operates a moss garden design and installation service.
What she creates are rare intersections of natural beauty and environmental benefit.

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