On Saturday October 29th, I along with other weather-hardy Farm Aid staffers, traveled through rain, wind, snow, and hail to New York City to Occupy Against Big Food.
Added by Caroline Malcolm on October 31, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Over on Farm Aid's blog (I'm the "web guy" there), it's Music Monday. We're taking a break from Farm Aid 2011 videos and going back in time to 2001. Why? Because today is BOORITO day at Chipotle Mexican Grill! You can get a $2 burrito when you wear a family farm-inspired costume from 6pm to closing. Half of that money goes to Farm Aid and the other half goes to Chipotle's…Continue
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Gardening in South Florida has been an amazing experience. At this moment it is 2:15pm and wunderground.com tells me it is 84 degrees outside and with the humidity it "feels like" 90! And it's late October!!!
This summer was very hard on my garden. It was HOT! For a few weeks we had NO rain and then it rained for an entire week.
The morning temperature…
Over the summer I hooked up with a local farmer who raises pigs without using hormones and feeds them a good healthy diet. He always saved the fat after he sent them to the butcher but couldn't convince his customers of the benefits of using it in their cooking. Farmer Frank had a freezer full of unwanted piggy fat:( During a farmers market we were both selling at I asked him about his lard and he gladly gave me close to 15 pounds to make…Continue
Brunch is my favorite meal of the week. I long for those lazy weekends mornings with nowhere to go and nothing to do, so that I can peruse the Saturday Farmers' Markets and pick up local goodies for brunch. This weekend, I took stock of the weekly CSA share from Parker Farm in Lunenburg, MA and supplemented the gorgeous white potatoes, green onions, and curly parsley with some local …Continue
Hi folks! Yesterday we posted about our first-ever HOMEGROWN Fair. We're looking for your submissions (new or old posts) to be included in the healthy competition for a few great HOMEGROWN prizes! Just post a member blog with the title "HOMEGROWN Fair Submission," or edit the title of an older post from this year to be included (be sure to change the post time and date…Continue
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A few photos of the "ladies" who rule the roost and have "free range" of our backyard!
It's been a while since my last post and shame on me for not sharing in this summers successes and failures as they happened. Tomato's were a flop this summer. I blame it on the rain. I usually yield about 30 jars of tomato sauce from the season. This year I ended up with a measly 12 jars.
But I'm not here to talk about tomatoes. I'm here to talk about sweet potatoes. Yesterday we got around to harvesting our first try at sweet potatoes. I read that the longer you keep them…
Added by Janine Roe on October 24, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments
Cross-posted on Local Me.
Autumn rustles through the maples of Manhattan, sweeping away the tomatoes, corn, zucchinis, and berries of our Indian summer. I focused on the hearty, auburn, and waxy season-transition vegetables at my farmers' market class last weekend. Indeed, this is the time for roasting, stewing, and…Continue
With the news all full of frustration and anger, is it possible that a dream can still come true?
I hope so, because we have a unique chance to make it happen. But it will take a little help from a lot of people.
Since I started in the field of local food and environmental education I had an image of reusing an old building to create a place where farms could sell their food, consumers could purchase high quality locally grown food and a…Continue
Cross-posted from Local Me.
No local food journey would be complete without preserving the harvest. Freezing, drying, pickling, and...canning. I grew up with dusty glass jars shelved like aged books below the basement steps, each lid personally labeled by my mom or an aunt.
I recently ordered canning equipment through Amazon.com and set aside time on a Saturday to can…
....I first tried hakurei turnips a few years ago when I found them in my CSA share. I was still new to local eating and the varied vegetable scene (aside from supermarket veggies like tomatoes, peppers and other ”regular” vegetables). “Oh my,” I thought, “here’s another vegetable that I don’t recognize, can’t pronounce, and have no idea how to prepare.” When I found out that I could eat not only the little white, round turnips but the greens too, my enthusiasm…Continue
It's still only October, but as the leaves turn and the temperature drops (ever so slightly here in the Northeast), I can't help but anticipate the impending winter that's just around the corner.
It's my first summer out of the college dormitory where heat, hot water, and electricity were "free". (Ok, so I did pay an inflated cost for them at the beginning of each semester, but when there were no monthly bills to pay, everything seemed FREE!!) But now I'm living in…Continue
For awhile now I have been trying to change our eating habits and encourage my family to eat a little more healthy. This can be hard due to the high cost of healthy food and getting them to eat a lot of things they don't like or haven't tried. I will never understand why organic food cost so much higher then food made with tons of chemicals and preservatives. Here are some of the reasons I found for the higher costs.
Primarily because organic growers still have to find alternative…Continue