Author Archives: Rita Calvert

About Rita Calvert

Rita Calvert is the author of The Grass-Fed Gourmet Fires it Up (2010) and is Homestead Gardens' Culinary and Design blogger and adviser. With close to three decades in the food, media production, marketing and public relations fields, Rita has created myriad programs, events, cooking sessions on national television, for corporations, the stage and The Annapolis School of Cooking. She has partnered in writing cookbooks and product lines to showcase the inspiration, art and nourishment of food. Although she once owned a successful restaurant in California, she has been a resident of Annapolis for 22 years where she is a strong advocate for local, sustainable and nourishing food. Her work has always embodied the naturally wholesome and satisfying. Visit Rita's website.

Container Posies and Parties

 
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If you have the Valentine Vibe…give it a lot of love! Above all spread the love with something lasting like flowers and herbs in pots (NOT …

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The Gold Mine in Our Back Yard

 
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 Three years ago, I first visted Sally Fallon’s farm, PA Bowen Farmstead in southern Prince George’s County and took the tour led by …

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The Soup Share Continues

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This week we continue with that great participation party. Of course, even in a Soup Share party, we had to have dessert. Nam-Hari in the above photo thought …

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The Soup Share Affair

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A group of us who have taken Kundalini yoga together for years, pondered ideas for a get-together. Rather than holding a sugar-laden Cookie Share, our brilliant teacher, Nam-Hari, …

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New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Eating for All (so)…Go for the Garden!

 
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The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming with healthy options for your eating and growing pleasure. Here …

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A Tasting Room Plus the “How-To”

 

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Holiday celebrations are aren’t over yet with a swanky New Year’s celebration still to come. Spiff up your stemware be it champagne or wine goblets and …

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“Merry Christmas” and “Remember the Critters”

 

We’ve made it through what seemed to be a long countdown…so Merry Christmas to you! Our walk led us to Santa’s sleigh and angels on high.

The trees are festooned with bright pops of …

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“God Bless America” and “Woodland Friends”

 

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Along with the support and generosity of our community, Homestead Gardens is donating farm-grown Christmas Trees to U.S. troops and military families through Trees for Troops®, …

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“Day in Paradise” and “Pretty as a Peacock” Trees

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 Oh those fabulous tree themes just keep on acomin’! For “A Day in Paradise” take a pinch more of this, a dash of that to make it your own. Just …

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“Chesapeake Nautical” and Trees For the Little Tykes

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An all-time favorite tree and scene is Chesapeake Nautical…near and dear to our hearts on the Mid-Atlantic coast. Our beloved sailboats hang from the holiday tree as …

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Eat and Be Merry and “Crystal Chandelier”

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After exploring the cabin, we are back out amongst the sparkling silver trees. Ahead decorations, bells, baubles, beads and garnishes shimmer in crystal, glass and silver as the Crystal Chandelier casades from …

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“Inside the Cabin” and “Oh Holy Night”

 

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Last week on our tour through Homestead Gardens Enchanted Woods, we were drawn to the cabin by the friendly forest friends. As we enter what really seems …

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“Over the River”, “Wise Old Owl” and “Christmas at the Cabin” Tours

 
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Over the River 
Wise Old Owl 
Christmas at the Cabin 

Our walk continues as we cross the river and meet the friendly welcoming critters  on …

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Your Privately Guided Holiday Tree Tour-Week 1

 

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Take A Walk Through Our Enchanted Winter Woods

Copper Elegance
The Garden Greenhouse

Homestead Gardens’ eye-popping holiday displays are visual masterpieces–pure theater set in dramatic …

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Take a Walk Through our Enchanted Winter Woods

 

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… With Over Thirty Themed Trees and The Illustrious Annual Hand-Painted Annapolis Ornament! 
We invite you to celebrate the unveiling of this year’s spectacular holiday displays …

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Octoberfest Celebrating

 
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This post is brought to you by many of us  who celebrate Octoberfest by gathering together around the Severn River to enjoy wholesome, beautiful food …

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Bundle Up Your Garden

 

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After the winter of 2013-2014, many of us want to be more vigilant to protect our precious trees and perennials from the big chill. For me, …

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All Things Pumpkin

 
 
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Last week at my pumpkin demo during Homestead Garden’s Fall Fest, I promised all of the tasters I would give the recipes this …

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Cook It, Color It Pumpkin-even the Seeds!

 

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While we are still weeks away from full fall color in nature, a definite undertone of yellow and bronze, red and maroon is creeping over the …

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Veteran Compost Grows the Full Circle

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What do I mean by the above title? Using redworms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich humus is known as vermicomposting and the benefits of …

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