10 Lessons I Learned From My CSA ShareGroceries
Our decision to join a CSA this year was mostly spontaneous after hearing tales from friends of plump organic tomatoes and sugar sweet strawberries. We were due with a baby in early April and a summer spent at home, enjoying healthy, farm fresh vegetables with our growing family sounded perfect! It was a creative and transformative adventure that we plan on taking again next year. Honey Brook Organic Farm Heads of lettuce trump their boxed counterpart!
Sep 20, 2022
From Seed to Table: How The Amagansett Wheat Project Turns Local Wheat Into Fresh BreadPeople
Where: Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett, New York Who: Amanda Merrow, Katie Baldwin, and Carissa Waechter See all of the previous installments in this series: Farm Life Through the Seasons at Amber Waves Farm – A New Generation on the Farm This year we’ve been following the rhythms and daily life at a New York farm, Amber Waves, run by two young women, Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow.
Sep 19, 2022
Why GMOs Are the Biggest Food Science Breakthrough of Our EraSkills
Up until now, the discoveries showcased within this series have highlighted achievements made during the 19th century. Not by design, I promise you. All of these food science breakthroughs were hand-picked on merit alone, as is today’s: genetically modified crops. But genetically modified crops come with some baggage. Unlike canning, fermentation, or milk pasteurization So, for the record, I will state my bias right now: I am not a fan of GM crops.
May 12, 2022
Mixed Lettuce, Arugula, and Hakurei Turnips Are in Our CSA Box This WeekGroceries
This week is all about efficiency — how to get through our CSA bounty quickly and without waste. There will be a few creative endeavors, but mostly we’ll be working and busy with family, so most of these veggies will be tossed into salads and quickly prepared.
May 5, 2022
In Which I Go Hunting for the First Time & Make Venison WellingtonPeople
I’ve always wanted to go hunting. While it isn’t for everyone, I’m a willing meat eater who likes to make things from scratch. How much closer to the beginning of a dish can you get than sitting in a deer stand at 5:30 in the morning, waiting for a good shot? This fall, I had my chance. Lo and behold, I ended up with a freezer full of venison on my first try. I carefully consider what I eat and what I feed my family.
Sep 30, 2020
What It's Like to Start an Urban Farm in a Midwest Town
The Way We Eat
"I grew up in a family that ate a lot of takeout, a lot of fast food. I didn’t know what a lot of vegetables were, honestly. Now, we grow everything in the city and distribute it within five miles of the growing sites."
Aug 8, 2019
In the Almond vs. Cow Milk Debate, the Fight Is All WrongPeople
Are you Team Almond Milk or Team Cow Milk? According to Dana Goodyear, in her thought-provoking piece for The New Yorker, the almond milk vs. cow milk discussion entirely the misses the point. So where should we focus our attention instead? Not on what the crop is, but how it is grown. With almonds currently facing scrutiny, due to their water-hogging reputation in the midst of a debilitating California drought, the decision to drink almond milk becomes a crisis of conscience.
Jun 7, 2019
5 Things to Do Before Your First CSA PickupSkills
Are you participating in a CSA this year? I’ve joined a CSA for the last seven years (first in Brooklyn, and now in Boston) and love how it stretches me every season. Since most CSAs kick off in June (and hello, we’re there), here are five things I try to do before the first pickup to get ready for the season. I know, you just love it when I start a list with cleaning, but it really pays to start the season with a clean, available fridge.
Jun 5, 2019
The Major Problem with Really Cheap EggsGroceries
Eggs have always been a relatively inexpensive source of protein, perfect for the home cook trying to feed a crowd without spending a fortune. They’re an obvious choice for breakfast (scrambled, fried, made into a frittata), but eggs can also serve admirably as lunch and dinner: Egg salad for lunch and spinach quiche for dinner are easy and filling options (even if you’re feeding two teenaged boys).
Jun 4, 2019
10 Terrific Food Documentaries To Stream On Netflix TonightPeople
Whenever I’m hunting for a movie to watch on a Friday night, I inevitably find myself scrolling through the documentaries on Netflix. Thankfully, there are quite a few great ones, particularly in the food space. Here are 10 food documentaries you should add to your Instant View queue: Jiro Dreams of Sushi Good for: Sushi lovers and those who believe discipline and hard work is the key to everything. Synopsis: Jiro Ono is arguably the greatest sushi chef in the world.
May 30, 2019
Organic Farming May Leave a Larger Carbon Footprint than You ThinkPeople
When you consume organic food, there’s that feeling that you’ve done something good — for your body and for the environment. But organic foods are not what they seem. They offer consumers the promise of synthetic pesticide-free produce and are perceived to be healthier — studies have found conflicting findings about their nutritional superiority — but their environmental impact is being challenged, as it may be doing more harm than good.
May 30, 2019
Friday’s Shocking Monsanto Verdict Supports Those Who Avoid Pesticides in FoodPeople
Something shocking happened Friday, August 10: Jurors in San Francisco decided that yes, there was enough evidence to rule in favor of a man who argued that his incurable lymphoma is the result of years of working with pesticides — specifically, Monsanto’s popular weedkiller, Roundup. This is potentially a watershed moment in pesticides and our food, confirming what many have already suspected to be true about the consequences of big agriculture in the U.S.
May 30, 2019
Taming the Wild Thyme: A Visit to a Za’atar Farm in LebanonPeople
At the end of a bumpy, red dirt driveway in a small town in southern Lebanon, you’ll find the home of farmer Abu Kassem and his family. For about 13 years, they have been growing za’atar, the once-wild herb that plays a starring role in the increasingly popular spice blend of the same name. The path from field to flatbread is simple on this organic farm, but one fueled by dedication and hard work.
May 24, 2019
Bryant Terry’s 5 Essentials for a Modern, Soulful KitchenPeople
Bryant Terry is an energetic and passionate man, self-described as an eco chef, author, and social justice activist. He first came to my attention in 2006 when he co-authored the book Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with his friend Anna Lappe. He has since gone on to author two more vegan cookbooks, with a third one in the works. What does this spokesman for local, sustainable, and delicious food think are the top essentials for a modern, socially engaged, soulful kitchen?
May 24, 2019
On the Local, the Sacred, and One Farmer’s ChoicePeople
Every Earth Day I ask myself what I can do to make the world I live in a little bit better. Whether it is turning out the lights for an hour, or doing our best to live a sustainable life, every one of us can take those small steps which all add up to so much more. One of the things I have been doing recently is aiming to source a lot of my food locally, and support my local farmers.
May 24, 2019
How One Midwest Girl Built the Family Farm into a Watermelon EmpirePeople
At an age when most of us were cultivating ant farms and Chia Pets, Sarah Frey-Talley was building herself a formidable business. At 7, she and her mother started selling watermelons and cantaloupes from a neighboring farm to local grocers. At 17, she was growing her own melons, and at 19, she was navigating her way through national contracts with Walmart stores.
May 24, 2019
From Dock to Dish: A Seafood CSAPeople
When Katie and Amanda of Amber Waves Farm were securing food for their end-of-year potluck, in celebration of a successful season at their farm, they knew the freshest fish they could find would be from Dock to Dish, a local seafood CSA based out of Long Island. Dock to Dish is the “salt water brother of farm-to-table,” says Sean Barrett, company founder, fisherman and restaurateur.
May 24, 2019
How the Natural Disasters of 2018 Affect How You Eat in 2019People
In 2018 the U.S. bore the brunt of more than a dozen weather-related disasters, including but not limited to hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, the effects of which spanned the entire country, cost a lot of money, and impacted our nation’s food system at large. As of October 9, there have been nearly a dozen weather events that each achieved the dubious award of costing over a billion dollars, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
May 24, 2019
Azolla: The Amazing Fern We May All Be Eating in the FutureSkills
Have you ever eaten this plant? Do you know what it is?It’s a water fern called azolla, also known as mosquito fern and duckweed fern … which might not sound terribly appetizing, but it turns out that scientists have been researching azolla’s potential for space agriculture. The nutrient-rich plant grows so rapidly it can double its mass in a few days.But what does it actually taste like?
May 2, 2019
Pure Beef by Lynne CurryPeople
Are you intimidated by grass-fed beef? Along with being told that grass-feeding is better for the steers, better for the environment, and better for us to eat, we’re also told that we need to be careful how we cook grass-fed beef. Which, when you take into account its significantly higher cost, can be downright intimidating. No one wants to mess up a $25 steak.
May 2, 2019
The Perfect Peach by Marcy, Nikiko and David Mas MasumotoPeople
While I’m a big fan of the many books written by David Mas Masumoto about life on his farm (Epitaph for a Peach, Four Seasons in Five Senses), as well as the peaches and nectarines that are grown on the Masumoto Family Farm near Fresno, CA, I wasn’t sure about his latest release: a cookbook he co-authored with his wife and daughter. An entire cookbook devoted just to peaches? Are there really enough peach recipes to make up a whole cookbook? Of course there are!
May 2, 2019
Do Shoppers Trust Organic Food When It’s from a Big Company?Groceries
This week, NPR posed the question: What happens when those small organic food companies get bought up by larger factory farm competitors? Do consumers still trust them? It’s a valid question, as we hear about brands like Odwalla being owned by Coca-Cola, or as the article points out, Niman Ranch being recently acquired by Perdue — one of the largest chicken producers in the country.
May 1, 2019
Why Are Berries So Expensive?Groceries
Fresh berries are the highlight of summer. Nothing beats the satisfying “pop” of a fresh blueberry, the decadence of a juicy strawberry, or the sweet-tart symphony of a ripe blackberry. But that tiny box of raspberries in the grocery can set you back a pretty penny, and organic berries — well, you’d better brace yourself. Why are the jewels of the produce world priced like semi-precious stones?
May 1, 2019
A Conversation with Barry Estabrook, the Author of TomatolandPeople
Bred for durability, grown in the inhospitable Florida sand, exposed to any number of harmful pesticides, prematurely harvested by the hands of immigrants living in virtual slavery, and finally gassed to ripeness — or rather, redness — within the confines of a warehouse: This is the biography of the modern American tomato as told by Barry Estabrook in his 2011 shocking exposé of the tomato industry, Tomatoland.
May 1, 2019
What Does Heirloom Really Mean?People
Remember when none of us knew how to pronounce quinoa? Or when nobody knew what an açai berry was, and it was just another baffling smoothie add-in? What a time to be alive, when ancient grains and Amazonian berries are entering into mainstream lexicon! But there’s a downside: When a food becomes fashionable, suddenly it can feel tough to ask the most basic questions about what it is and how it came to be on our plates. Luckily, we’ve got your back on terminology.
May 1, 2019
Farm Stands & Farmers Markets Sound Similar, but Their Differences Are ImportantPeople
Farm stands and farmers markets are the grocery stores of summer, when the produce is so ripe and flavorful you don’t need to do much to take it from your canvas tote to the plate. But while we tend to lump the two together — and it’s true that you can buy many of the same fruits and veggies at both — farm stands and farmers market are actually different. Here, we look at the difference to you and to the farmer in terms of cost, labor, and quality of produce.
May 1, 2019
Pillsbury Created a Food Star You’ll Actually LovePeople
The Pillsbury Bake-Off, at least in my mind, has always espoused certain values: good taste and convenience in the kitchen. This year, the Bake-Off rewarded something else: story-telling. Every recipe has a story, and those stories have inspired a now-familiar blog format. Readers are treated to a glimpse into the author’s life, followed by a recipe that ties it all together. It’s a format we love, because who doesn’t want to know what people eat?
May 14, 2018
How Hurricane Irma Impacted Florida’s CropsGroceries
Hurricane Irma left a lot in devastation: people were stranded and homes, businesses, and farms were destroyed. The latter leaves the future of produce especially vulnerable. Gene McAvoy, a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida, told NPR that orange and grapefruit groves that were approaching harvest were impacted, as the storm left “50 or 60 percent of the fruit lying in water [or] on the ground.
Sep 15, 2017
How Scientists Are Bringing Flavor Back to TomatoesPeople
If you think tomatoes are flavorless and not what they used to be, then you’re not wrong: The taste quota of the fruit, which originated in Central and South America, has been on a steady decline. But all hope — er, taste — is not lost! An international team of researchers from the United States, China, Spain, and Israel have been studying different breeds of tomatoes for a decade and have a solution.
Jan 30, 2017
New USDA Program Makes It Easier for Farmers to Farm OrganicallyPeople
Organic produce is generally more expensive — according to Consumer Reports, it’s 47 percent more expensive than conventional produce — which is why it can be a bit of a head-scratcher as to why more farmers are not jumping on the organic bandwagon. Sure, the cost and time is higher than traditional farming, but so are the financial rewards. So, what gives?
Jan 19, 2017
This Is the Most Gorgeous Corn on the Cob You’ll Ever SeePeople
I doubt you’ve ever seen corn that looks like this before. Glass gem corn, uncovered by Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes, was found when Barnes decided to connect with his Native American roots through food. He discovered several strains of corn seeds through his agricultural journey and through selective planting, he was able to cultivate the beautiful crop. Moreover, Barnes shared his discovery with Native American tribe elders and other growers.
Jan 18, 2017
I Spent a Month on an Olive Farm in Greece and Failed MiserablyPeople
I am a self-described wimp with a capital “W.” Sure, my relatives in Minnesota are farmers, and the Montessori school that I attended until high school required all the kids to help out on the school’s farm every couple months, but these things didn’t instill in me any kind of physical skill required to be actually helpful. I am definitely more of the reading type — or “decoration,” as my brothers liked to tease me.
Jul 28, 2016
Seed Saving and Iowa’s Corn Train GospelSkills
In Iowa, you can hear the corn grow. The other night my friend Howard brought over some grass stalks to show me the sound. Corn kernels, like other grains, are the edible seeds of certain types of grass plants. He wanted to demonstrate the sound he heard growing up on an Iowa farm, so he pulled the stems of each stalk through its leaf sheath; one weedy stalk made the gentle popping sound he’d heard on hot humid nights.
Jul 24, 2016
Cheese Has Four Seasons and You Can Taste ThemSkills
Produce seasons ebb and flow in familiar ways. Ramps at the farmers market hail winter’s end, and the first July tomato marks the advent of high summer. Even as home cooks have reacquainted themselves with produce seasons, cheese seasons remain mysterious. Learning how cheeses change with the seasons is key to developing a deeper appreciation. Just as fruits and vegetables come into and fade out of season, the grasses, wildflowers, and legumes cows, sheep, and goats eat do the same.
Apr 28, 2016
Science Says: Organic Meat Is Better for YouPeople
Considering how nebulous an “organic” label can be, structuring your grocery budget around the available options isn’t always easy. However, a recent study might provide some helpful direction. Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, researchers in Europe found that organic meat and milk contain 50 percent more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally raised alternatives.
Feb 18, 2016
Geothermal Greenhouses Could Bring Citrus Groves to the MidwestPeople
Citrus groves are the stuff of dreams for this midwestern lady! We’re lucky to have some lovely peaches and cherries come summer, but oranges and lemons? Not a chance. Brutal winters and cold temperatures just don’t fit the bill for a juicy grapefruit to roll from the tree to my bowl. But thanks to the efficient nature of geothermal greenhouses, that could soon change!
Feb 15, 2016
In Search of Organic Cranberries? Good LuckPeople
Cranberries seem pretty ubiquitous this time of year. From cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving to cranberries strung on the Christmas tree, they are in high demand. But if you want organic cranberries, be prepared to hunt for them and, possibly, pay a premium. Why are organic cranberries so hard to find? It all comes down to the bog.
Dec 10, 2015
A Farmer Explains Why Fall Is the Best Time to Join a CSAPeople
My husband and I run a 50-member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program at Tumbleweed Farm, our six-acre organic vegetable farm in rural Oregon. A CSA is a unique relationship between farmer and consumer. Essentially, members who join are pledging to support their farmers through thick and thin. And if you want that kind of relationship with your farmer, then now — right now! — is the time to commit.
Oct 14, 2015
How One Farmer Meets the Demands of Growing Rice in VietnamPeople
Who: Hoàng Thị Thẩm and Nguyễn Đình Đạt What: Rice Where: Bac Ninh Province, Vietnam Growing rice might sound like an easy, straightforward process, but a lot of thought and work goes into taking care of the soil, irrigating the fields, and getting the most out of a rice crop. Dat shares some of the challenges he works against every season and every day in the field. Growing rice takes a hard toll on the field its grown in.
Aug 4, 2015
Why the Arctic Apple Doesn’t Turn BrownSkills
There is so much controversy surrounding genetic modification of foods, from where the genes come from, to whether the genetic modifications can be transferred to other organisms, to whether producers should label genetically modified foods to alert consumers, and so on. Controversy aside, I think it’s important to understand the science behind genetic modification of foods, starting with one of the latest milestones: An apple that doesn’t brown.
Jun 15, 2015
5 Things I Do So I Don’t Get Behind on My CSA BoxesSkills
I’ve prepped and readied for my CSA this season, and now the real work begins: finding ways to eat everything every week before it goes bad! If it’s your first time participating in a CSA, you’ll soon learn it’s not uncommon to end up with more than double what you’d have ever bought yourself at the grocery store. Sure, you buy cucumbers, but do you buy eight at a time? Welcome to CSA life. Sound scary? It can be, but it’s really just a lot of fun.
Jun 15, 2015
Why Spring Is (Probably) Too Late to Join a CSASkills
The markets are flush with gorgeous produce. Instagram feeds are exploding with colorful strawberries and asparagus and greens galore. Maybe some of your friends have started picking up their CSA boxes and you’re thinking: Hey! I want my piece of produce paradise every week. I should join a CSA! Well, I am sorry, but I’ve got some bad news for you. You’re probably too late. And there’s a good reason why you can’t join a CSA in the springtime.
Jun 2, 2015
How the Farm Puts Itself to Bed: The Last Day of the Season at Amber Waves FarmPeople
As the cooler winds begin to blow off the Atlantic, the days become shorter, and before the first frost settles in, Amber Waves Farm begins its transition to winter. For me, the time is bittersweet as Katie and Amanda take on the task of putting the farm and fields to bed. For these last days of the 2014 farm season, there is much to do! It’s been a wonderful season! Much more than I expected.
Dec 31, 2014
Life on Mecox Bay Dairy FarmPeople
Making friends and partners with local farmers has been one of the key elements of success for Katie and Amanda at Amber Waves Farm. One good friend has been Pete Ludlow of Mecox Bay Dairy. Pete and his father Art Ludlow have become fixtures at local farmers markets on the East End of Long Island – including the Montauk Farmers Market where Katie and Amanda met Pete in 2009 and struck up a mutually beneficial relationship.
Dec 27, 2014
How Farmers Celebrate the End of a Season: The OktoberFeast Potluck at Amber Waves FarmPeople
Celebrating the harvest is a tradition that is deeply entrenched in farm culture. During the summer months, time is precious and devoted to working the fields. With the cooler weather of autumn the frantic pace lessens, leaving time to reflect on the season and to thank the community for their help and patronage.
Dec 23, 2014
Why a Tractor Is So Indispensable to a Real Working FarmPeople
Where: Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett, New York Who: Amanda Merrow, Katie Baldwin, and Carissa Waechter See all of the previous installments in this series: Farm Life Through the Seasons at Amber Waves Farm – A New Generation on the Farm Many times over the course of the growing season, I have witnessed Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves Farm, a community organic farm on the East End of Long Island, start and end their days on tractors.
Nov 8, 2014
Did You Accidentally Pick 20 Pounds of Apples at the Farm? Let Us Help You With That.Recipes
Finally this year I remembered to go apple picking before the frost hit! I remember looking at the somewhat small bags the orchard provided and thinking that I should pick enough to fill two or three bags, because one wouldn’t be enough. Well, it’s been two weeks and we still have apples to spare. Are you in a similar state? Overloaded by apples brought on by over-eager pickers? Read on for tips on what to do with your apple bounty this fall!
Oct 29, 2014
6 Ways to Maximize Your Trip to the Farmers MarketGroceries
Who shops and eats here: Batya Stepelman of Sparrows & Spatulas, along with her husband, Matt Berman, and their young sons, Otis and Theodore See her kitchen: Batya Stepelman’s Open, Garden-Powered Kitchen Where: Denver, CO Rent or Own? Own We recently toured the open, garden-powered kitchen of Batya Stepelman and were inspired by her city garden and how she finds ways to bring healthier meals and more vegetables to her family’s table.
Sep 18, 2014
My CSA Experience at Amber Waves FarmPeople
This is my 5th year living on Long Island’s East End, where the abundance of local vegetables, fruits, flowers, honey is incredible – with farm stands and farmers markets providing the community with the freshest ingredients all season long. But this is my first season where I’m more than just a “shopper” and have become part of a farm – joining as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member at Amber Waves Farm.
Sep 6, 2014
What Are Dry-Farmed Tomatoes?Skills
By now we know that a tomato isn’t a tomato isn’t a tomato: the difference between the industrially-produced pale pink softballs from the grocery chain and your backyard beauties is astonishing. Here in California, people are rejoicing that we’re finally seeing dry-farmed tomatoes in the farmers markets and smaller grocery stores. So what are dry-farmed tomatoes, and what’s so special about them?
Aug 13, 2014
Meet the Apprentices of Amber Waves FarmPeople
We’ve been showing you the work that goes into running a farm through the main growing season. As we move into the height of the summer season, I am astounded by the dedication, hard work, and exuberance of the young women and men who have chosen to work a season on the farm: the apprentices! Meet this year’s crew below, and learn more about what farm apprenticeship is.
Jul 26, 2014
A Day in the Life of a FarmPeople
One thing I’ve learned after a few weeks of following Katie and Amanda of Amber Waves Farm is that an average day for them is not so “average.” In mid-June, early into the harvest season at this CSA farm in Amagansett, NY, I took on the task of following them from sun up to sun down. In a single day the farmers conduct an orchestra of activities: harvesting, hoeing, planting, working with children, and preparing for weekly CSA pick ups.
Jul 12, 2014
Get to Know Your Farmers: Katie Baldwin & Amanda Merrow of Amber Waves FarmPeople
It’s my first day at Amber Waves Farm, getting to know the lay of the land and the two impressive young women who envisioned this unique farm on the far East End of Long Island: Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow.
Jun 28, 2014
June Taylor’s 5 Essentials for Relaxed and Joyful Preserve MakingPeople
June Taylor is the owner (and heart and soul) behind June Taylor Preserves, a small-batch preserves operation she runs out of The Still-Room, her shop and workroom in Berkeley, CA. June started her business 25 years ago with selling just three kinds of marmalade at her local farmers’ market.
Feb 27, 2014
Why I Don’t Need a Rice Cooker: Carolina Plantation Aromatic Rice Is FoolproofSkills
I’m a member of a Facebook group where people share what they’re making in the kitchen: the trials, the tribulations, the recipes. It’s a fun group, and most of the cooks are southern like me. Recently, a member posted this, “I made really good rice!!!!!!! yeah 2014.” I responded to the post, asking what brand she used, prepared to hear about her amazing rice cooker. Her answer surprised me, though it shouldn’t have.
Jan 7, 2014
Ben Corey-Moran’s 5 Essentials for Making the Best Cup of Coffee PossiblePeople
Ben Corey-Moran is the Director of Coffee Supply at Fair Trade USA where it’s his job to develop and strengthen the supply chain between the small coffee farmers of Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America and coffee buyers from all over the world, some of them as large as Walmart. He’s been in the coffee business since 2003 and has an intimate understanding of the whole picture, from the harvest of the fruit to how to create the perfect cup at home.
Dec 11, 2013
Say Goodbye to Grade B Maple Syrup: Vermont Changes Its Maple Syrup LabelingPeople
Grade B, Grade A… have you ever been confused by maple syrup labeling? Grade “A” sounds like a higher-quality product but this is misleading; personally, I prefer Grade B, which is just as pure but darker and more robust in flavor. Well, things are about to get less confusing. Vermont is changing their maple syrup labeling, so say goodbye to Grade B. But don’t worry, dark syrup lovers — it’s just branding.
Oct 29, 2013
Is This Not the Best Chicken You’ve Ever Seen? (Her Name Is Izzy-Belle.)People
Reader Pamela of the blog Sweet Peach wrote us today to share some “cute chickens” she recently photographed, and when I opened up the link, my jaw dropped. My friends, this chicken goes so far beyond cute. Here’s your dose of Friday chicken splendor. This chicken, people, is a diva, and she is named Izzy-Belle, which seems to suit her glam style.
Oct 4, 2013
How Tart Cherries Are Grown in Michigan: And Why You Should Look for Them NowPeople
Who: Don Gregory of Cherry Bay Orchards What: Tart Cherries Where: Traverse City and Leelanau County, Michigan This summer I took a jaunt to the beautiful shores of northern Michigan with a pack of food writers and dietitians to see how cherries — tart cherries, to be precise — are grown, harvested, and sent to market.
Oct 3, 2013
Labor Day Has Passed, But I’m Still Eating Corn, Thank You Very Much.People
It may seem like a high-summer food, a batting-mosquitoes-backyard-barbeque kind of thing, but I’m still getting sweet corn in my weekly CSA box, and probably will for a week or two more. So corn stays on my menu this week, regardless of the cooler days and the smattering of leaves I’ve started to see on the ground. Tomatoes Sweet corn Mid-season update: My CSA box hasn’t seen too many new additions in recent weeks.
Sep 5, 2013
Eggplant Means One Thing: Baba GanoushRecipes
I’m five weeks into my CSA this year, and my weekly haul is gradually picking up. This week I got a few more tomatoes, a handful of potatoes, more blueberries, corn, and the first eggplant. So what to do with all this produce? Here’s what I’m thinking: Red Bliss and Yukon Gold Potatoes Swiss chard Blueberries Kirby Cucumbers Eggplant: Baba GhanoushStir-Fried Chicken and Eggplant With Asian BasilThe New York Times. Green Beans: Get the recipe here.
Jul 25, 2013
How Cherries Are Shaken Off the TreePeople
I spent yesterday morning tramping around a tart cherry farm in northern Michigan, and I wanted to give you a sneak peek at one of the most interesting moments. Did you know that cherries are literally shaken off the tree? For the past couple of days I’ve been in Traverse City, Michigan, on a trip sponsored by The Cherry Marketing Institute, who is always looking for ways, naturally, to help people eat a few more cherries.
Jul 23, 2013
Why Bagged Lettuce May Be a BummerPeople
Bagged lettuce is a lot of things. It’s convenient, it’s usually affordable, and it can make a quick lunch or dinner side salad in a cinch. But recent health scares and extensive media coverage have people chatting about the other not-so-great side of bagged lettuce. Modern Farmer recently explored the potential health risks that go along with bagged lettuce.
Jul 22, 2013
What Happens When Monsanto Buys the Patent to Your Favorite TomatoSkills
July is just around the corner and for me that means just one thing: it’s the time when the local tomato production starts to get serious and the farmers’ markets starting running red (and yellow, and pink, and chocolate, and green stripe). Sure, there’s the occasional basket of cherry tomatoes the last few weeks of June and I guess they’re pretty good.  But when the dry-farmed Early Girls start showing up, that’s when then I know all is right in the world.
Jun 26, 2013
Nutrients in Fruits and Vegetables: Why Choosing Specific Varieties MattersGroceries
Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, right? We’ve all heard that for years, and it is true. But according to Jo Robinson, author of the forthcoming book Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health, what really matters is choosing the right varieties of those fruits and vegetables.
May 29, 2013
How Do You Know What Food Labels Mean and Whether They’re Trustworthy?Groceries
It may come as a surprise to some, but buying foods labeled cage-free or grass-fed does not necessarily mean that those items are what they say they are, or what we assume they mean.  This can be really frustrating if you are trying to do your best to purchase humane and sustainable food, not to mention that foods labeled with these claims are often more expensive.  Do you pay extra for organic, or non-GMO, or hormone-free foods?  Do you know which labels are reliable?
May 8, 2013
$6.00 For a Dozen Eggs: Are You Willing To Pay More For Pasture-Raised Eggs?Groceries
Three years ago I wrote a post asking if $7.50 was too much to pay for a dozen eggs. The eggs in question were gathered from pasture-raised chickens and in my post I brought up how pasture-raised poultry was handled differently than free-range or cage-free and why it was worth it to me. The debate in the comment section was lively, as I’m sure you can imagine. Today I usually pay $6.
Sep 4, 2012