Category Archives: Home Ec

Local Turnip Greens From Beacon’s Farmers Market

Local Turnip Greens
From Beacon’s Farmers Market

The last of the trailing hurricane rains left the Hudson Valley on Saturday, and Sunday dawned a classic, sunny October morning. After a quick stop to see what was happening at the Beacon Flea Market, (open Sundays through November 15) my companion and I headed to the Beacon ferry dock to the farmer’s market. OurRead More

A Visit With the Beacon Bee Lady

A Visit With the Beacon Bee Lady

The Bee Lady, aka Beacon artist and beekeeper Deborah Davidovits, invited Wigwam to watch as she started a new hive. Spring is the time to set up new bee hives. Also along to learn some technique was Avi from Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley. The first order of business is to go buy aRead More

More Garden Classes for Beacon Kids

More Garden Classes for Beacon Kids

Hudson Valley Seed is seeking contributions to add an additional nine classes to its weekly garden education program this spring. This matching grant opportunity will also help with materials for projects such as new raised beds at Sargent Elementary School. Hudson Valley Seed’s mission is to instill our children with an appreciation and knowledge ofRead More

On The Homefront: Rationing

On The Homefront: Rationing

By Robert Murphy A look at wartime rationing by the president of the Beacon Historical Society. Posts featuring the city’s historical archives will be a regular feature on Wigwam. Shopping in the United States during World War II turned every housewife into a smart, calculating consumer. Meats, sugar, processed foods, butter, fats, oils, silk, shoes,Read More

Chicken Workshop Sells Out

Chicken Workshop Sells Out

Common Ground Farm’s workshop, Basic Backyard Chickens, was held today at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center barn classroom to a standing room only audience. “Last year we had 12 people attend,” said Helenna  Bratman, who runs the workshop with her husband John. This year 50 people signed up, forcing CGF to start aRead More

Watch This Shocking MapleFEST Video!

Watch This Shocking MapleFEST Video!

Maple sap runs when the nights drop below and the days get well above freezing, and it was looking like a late sugarin’ this year. But our sources at the Randolph School’s annual MapleFEST tell us the trees have been tapped and the boilin’ has begun. Check out this sneak preview video, exclusively on Wigwam,Read More

Save Money With Wool BUSHes

Save Money With
Wool BUSHes

There’s plenty of winter left, but it’s too late to do any caulking or insulating, too late to buy a wood stove. You can still save money by dropping the thermostat a few degrees, though, if you invest in some wool BUSHes—Blankets, Underwear, Sweaters, and Hats—for around the house wear. Blankets Unlike a heavy downRead More

Beacon Council Hatches New Chicken Ordinance

Beacon Council Hatches
New Chicken Ordinance

Why did the chicken cross 9D? To get to Beacon’s municipal building to thank city council for passing a less judgmental fowl ordinance earlier this month. The council laid an egg with the initial draft of the proposed code,  ruffling some feathers and setting some wattles flapping, and generating a good deal of online cluckingRead More

Wild Herbs, Tinctures, and Vinegars

Wild Herbs, Tinctures, and Vinegars

Whether knowing what plant matter to rub on a cut or how to make a delicious, vitamin C-packed white pine vinegar, Sarah Elizabeth’s herbalist walk at Denning’s Point in Beacon on a recent Saturday in October was a good introduction to wild edibles and healing herbs. The walk was part of the educational programming ofRead More

The Sky Is Falling

The Sky Is Falling

As another outbreak of salmonella caused by industrial chicken farming is hitting the country, the City of Beacon is taking steps to make it more difficult to grow your own, including limiting the number of chickens (5), licensing, and heavy fines that include jail time for violations. Here is the introduction to the law: “TheRead More

Try This One Weird Canning Trick

Try This One Weird Canning Trick

When canning, put the flat disc part of your jar lids into a heatproof bowl making sure they’re not stacked tight. After you’ve boiled the jars, pour some of the hot water into the bowl. This will soften the sealing compound under the lids, allowing it to form a tight bond with the glass jars.Read More