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“You need a cantaloupe? These are better than Rocky Fords.” The man at the farmers market said. “No, thanks, not today.” I replied. “C’mon, kiddo.” I said to my child. We moved up the walk to the table next to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at
The first year I attempted a local Thanksgiving, my best gathering skills only conjured up sweet potatoes saved, dirt on, in our basement for a month. It was a start. In the last six years, I'd like to think my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2010 at
by Expat Chef It would seem like once you get to be an adult, and an adventurous eater at that, new foods would require a passport, extra bag fees and various immunizations. Truth is, that exotic vegetable experience was as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at
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Mar 15, 2010
With all due respect to the market manager, I would cite lack of insight to local food and farmers. Though there is significant drop off in attendance at an outdoor market on the chilly days, I side with the idea that the demand is there and it will grow. There was little reason to cut back the existing schedule, even as the demand grows and the availability of produce would lean toward expanding the dates.
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Following is a letter I will be sending to my local farmers market manager who oddly enough decided to close our market early and open late just as local farms are beginning to find ways to extend the growing season... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at
Dianna, you should go to and use the search tool. Just as a guess, California would be your place. Somewhere like Marin country. Plus fish is local, too. The great news (and this should be a coming post) is the rise of winter CSA and produce for more and more regions. Greenhouses are going up, high tunnels to extend the season. Lot of great things going on in all parts of the country.
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Thanks, Amy. Good luck on the book! I'll look forward to seeing it get released. Have been wrapping up a manuscript myself for a family cookbook/real food eating handbook due out soon! It's a labor of love for sure. Many good wishes, the farm to school book looks intriguing as well. Looks worthy of a post!
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on Why I Am Changing CSAs at
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Thanks, Wendy. It is a hard decision, not one we came to easily. The first years with that farm were amazing. My fear is that someone new to a CSA and eating local will have a bad experience, will give up on eating local based on one bad experience. The more I can do to help people have a great first CSA or eat local success, the better it will be for all of us, farmers included. I am so glad you like the posts and find them helpful.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on Why I Am Changing CSAs at
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Let me start off with the advice that CSAs are a fantastic thing. And, that I am searching for our next CSA. But just like the proverbial barrel of apples, one bad experience can detract from the others — if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2009 at
Good question on why not to eat jack-o-lantern variety. These pumpkins are specifically developed for carving. So, thin rind and whitish, bitter flesh. They don't taste good and don't have enough flesh to rind to make them quality cooking and eating pumpkins. Also, despite some advice I have seen, NEVER cook your jack-o-lantern post carving and Halloween. By now, it has developed significant bacteria to make it good only for the compost bin.
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posted by Expat Chef I keep hearing reports about a pumpkin shortage. Folks at the grocery store, searching the shelved for a can of pumpkin and not finding any. Maybe they are just looking in the wrong place. No denying... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at