A Grocery Store That Lets Shoppers Harvest Their Own Crops

Devotees of buying fresh, local produce often go to a local farmers market or, if they've got the time, might drive to a local farm that allows you to pick fruits and vegetables, such as berries or asparagus, straight from the field. But Durham, North Carolina, consumers have a third option: The Farmery, an urban vertical farm and store where they can pick their own herbs and lettuces....more

The GMO low-down: a guest post from Tori Leitch

  Confession time: I find it very difficult to purchase organic products. Yeeeah, I know they’re healthier and yeeeah, I know they’re better for the environment, but really—$3.00 for an organic apple or $1.50 for three regular ones? Most days, my wallet still wins that battle....more

Cold Weather in Kentucky still means fresh meat for some families

 My resolve has already been tested by one of my New Year’s resolutions. When I decided I’d begin a thousand mile journey (by walking the 1/3 mile loop around and around our yard and gardens), it was approximately 60 degrees outside.  The sun must have been shining.  Today the wind is absolutely raw and cut right through my clothes.   Snow flurries are flying too.  This is our best taste of winter this season....more

Our Food Diversity is Shrinking. So Why Should You Care?

A friend and colleague sent me a link to an article from National Geographic that explains how food sources—crops, vegetables and animals bred for food—around the globe are becoming less biologically diverse. The story, titled Food Ark, is very interesting and worth reading if you, you know, eat....more
I'm a lifetime farmer/agriculturalist. And I share these concerns. I was recently shocked to ...more

When to Be or Not to Be a Locavore: Aroma Cucina

When to Be or Not to Be a Locavore: Aroma Cucina We live in an era of efficient shipping, and that makes for some good eats in unlikely places.  Don't fight it, embrace it and choose wisely. http://aromacucina.typepad.com/aroma_cucina/2011/03/when-to-be-or-not-to-be-a-locavore.html http://bit.ly/gZYrq3 ...more

A Month of Side Dishes: Quick Pickled Beets and Eggs

Pickled beets make a pleasing contrast as a chilled side dish for a warm entree. The best part for me, though, is that you can make pickled beet eggs at the same time. ...more

Let me know if your family enjoys them. Happy holidays!

P.S. I'll watch for your beet ...more

Sweet Dumpling Soup

Making winter squash soup....more

Urban fruit gleaning - harvesting homegrown produce for free

I've always been a fan of free stuff, especially when that "stuff" equals healthy food for my family. Although we aren't struggling to put food on the table, I can still appreciate using food that would otherwise go to waste. It wasn't until recently that I learned there is a phrase for collecting and using other people's fruits and vegetables - it's called urban fruit (or vegetable) gleaning. ...more

This is a little off topic but similar. There is a group called Hillside Produce Cooperative. ...more