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Using Saffron

Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese is a classic Italian dish from Milan that is easy to make and, if you're new to saffron, is an excellent introduction. Everyone at your table will devour this dish (cheese, rice, butter, saffron...whats not to love?) and it is likely to become a family favourite! Saffron Risotto or Risotto alla Milanese  This recipe comes from Milk Street (see below for links to their show...

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Cooking with Saffron

Cooking with Saffron

Not familiar with how to use saffron?  No problem!  Refer to the diagram above for some basic instructions on how to easily incorporate saffron into recipes. * you can crumble the saffron in a mortar and pestle or by giving it a few pinches with your fingers.  

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Growing Saffron at Home

Growing Saffron at Home

Interested in growing your own saffron at home?   Here is some information to get you started! Plant your saffron corms (crocus sativus) late summer through early September, and they will bloom mid-October through mid-November.  Expect 1 or 2 flowers per corm (you may get more!).  Saffron corms prefer humus-rich, well-draining soil, with a pH of 6-8. Do not water at all during their dormant period (mid-May to September), when...

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Life on Peace and Plenty Farm: The latest

Essential Work

Essential Work

At the beginning of February, I was feeling stressed and harried - so much to do in the next months and so many deadlines to meet.  The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny and it felt like summer had arrived, skipping completely over spring. I wrote about my longing for a longer winter, and desire for more time to be quiet, slow, and do behind-the-scenes prep for all the big things that were coming our way in 2020.  If the adage, “Careful What You Wish For” could be any more true than now, I don’t know when. 

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Mistakse

Mistakse

Sometimes mistakes in life take years to undo, or cost a fortune, or end up breaking your heart or body.  Most of the time, those mistakes can be learned from, and though dearly earned, that wisdom serves well. Farming mistakes can break your heart, body and bank account too, but at least you get a chance to try whatever it was again not too long...

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Of Interest Articles

"Pennsylvania Gold" The Mennonite Tradition of Growing Saffron - Saveur Magazine

The spice came to the U.S. during Colonial times along with other old-world crops like spelt. According to food historian William Woys Weaver, saffron-loving Pennsylvanians were once called Geeldeitsch, or “Yellow Dutch,” for the distinctive gold hue of their food. Merchants shipped Pennsylvania saffron to Spanish colonies in the Caribbean and, writes Pat Willard, author of Secrets of Saffron: The Vagabond Life of the World's Most Seductive Spice, in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, saffron traded on the Philadelphia commodity exchange at a price equal to gold. In the colonies, saffron acted as a flavoring in soups and teas, as well as a domestic remedy for measles and fevers.

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The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Saffron - Chowhound

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Saffron - Chowhound

Great write up by Pamela Vachon in Chowhound about saffron and its uses.  There is a small error (stigmas, not stamens are used to make saffron threads), but there are some great dessert ideas in here and valuable information about its uses.     "Fortunately, a very little goes a very long way, and mere fractions of grams of saffron can infuse a variety of dishes from...

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Farmstays & Events

Farm Weddings and Events

Farm Weddings and Events

Due to Covid-19 we are currently unable to host events (we're as devastated as you are). But, that doesn't mean you can't dream –all the more time to plan, right? Take a look at our events page and add us to your mood board!  Every event is special, let us makes yours golden!

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Farmstays

Farmstays

Peace & Plenty Farm is a proud member of the Airbnb family, with a studio cottage that sleeps four and a refurbished vintage Airstream trailer that sleeps two. Come stay on the farm and enjoy the peace and plenty. View our Airbnb cottage and Airstream. Recent Reviews: "Peace and Plenty Farm is exactly that, a peaceful place with plenty of dreams, beautiful vistas and hospitality. Melinda and Simon are...

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