In Praise of Citrus

As a predominantly local eater, I’ve seen my definition of what I consider to be local go through many permutations over the years.  At my strictest, it was a 250-mile radius for just about everything save coffee and spices.  At my most exhausted and lenient, it was more like whatever could be purchased with these here dollar bills found locally in my wallet.   ...more

Emily: I hear you.  I'm fully in favor of people making their own choices.  Everyone's ...more

Eating Local or Risk Death?

We have a guest blogger today.  Dennis Pacheco is Web Content Coordinator for ChelseaGreen.com, the Web site of premier sustainability publisher Chelsea Green Publishing. Their books include Sharing the Harvest and Fresh Food from Small Spaces, and they distribute contra-farmer Joel Salatin's books (Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal and others).  ...more

Maximize Marketing Dollars

In the business and service industry you always hear the saying, “The customer is always right.” But you have to remember just who your audience is. Not everyone is going to love your product or service. Those people are not your target audience, so don’t waste your time and dollars trying to win them over. Get to know your brand believers and what they expect from you. How? ...more

Growing Tiny Gardens

I admit, I’m a budding gardener. And it is so exciting that the time to order seeds and plan this years garden is upon me! Last year I ran upon a great book, Animal, Vegatable, Miracle a little too late to start a full-fledged garden, but that didn’t stop me from getting a few seeds to germinate in my less-than-desirable soil. The tiny eggplants we grew were scrumptious– so much better than those store bought monsters. And that has incitd me to do better this year. ...more

One of my favorite parts about warmer weather (aside from the fact that it is warmer) is when ...more

White House Victory Garden: Symbolic or Stupid?

In his inaugural speech this week, President Obama spoke of the notion of responsibility, public service, and personal sacrifice, three things that Americans (my generation in particular) love to hear.  I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking to me, but it got me thinking about the rest of you and what you all might have planned in terms of lifestyle changes that will benefit the country as a whole.  And that brought me, eventually, to victory gardens. ...more

In other parts of the world people have started land and yardsharing as a response to high ...more

Roast up a delightful meal - Cook Local

One Seasonal Meal: January

I’m thinking of breaking the ice on this fricking frigid winter’s day with the first post on a recurring theme I just invented called One Seasonal Meal, where I cobble together some recipes from a few of my favorite blogs that star ingredients currently in season.  Well, in season give or take a month or two.  Finding ingredients that are seasonal to everyone might be tricky since we all live in different places, but maybe you could just humor me.  I’ll probably only do this once a month so I don’t bore all of the people that don’t give a crap. ...more

alosha: Hope you enjoyed them.  Your "no dessert" stance confirms what I always ...more

Is local food safer or just more accountable?

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer posted a commentary on a food safety laywer's Top Ten Food Safety Challenges for 2009.  Number two on the list of concerns is local food.  We've posted about "Big food vs. ...more