Tending Fertile Ground

I’ve been away, but I haven’t been far. I’ve been out in my garden. After the last gasp of winter last month, spring has sprung in its usual fashion, that is almost overnight. The flower and herb beds are coming alive with green, growing things, and the wooded area of our yard is leafing out ...

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Twitter Feed Bag: Week of April 9, 2017

You may have discovered my Twitter feed on the right hand side of the page here, or you may not have. That’s where you can find out what tweets I’ve liked and replied to recently. I thought I’d boost the signal on some of the food-related stories that have come across my feed, stories I ...

Using What You’ve Learned: Eating As Locally As You Choose

If you have spent some time with the seasonal fruits chart from Shari’s Berries, you have probably noticed that, according to the chart, most fruits are in season most of the time, somewhere. It’s that SOMEWHERE that is the important point. Let me explain. I commented on the chart’s inclusion of strawberries as an early ...

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Seasonal Fruits Chart (Thanks, Shari’s Berries!)

An email from Shari’s Berries Community Outreach offered this fantastic seasonal fruits chart. Not only is it extensive and informative, it is also great to look at if you are still only looking at snow, snow, and more snow outside your window. Click on the link to read the blog post featuring this chart, to get ...

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Eating Local, Step 3: Find Your Farmers!

It’s hard to believe after I have been knee-deep in snow several times today while taking Luna the Dog out for her potty breaks, but spring is really just around the corner. Spring Equinox is Monday, March 20. While I cannot see the soil in my area, life is possibly very different for you, and ...

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Eating Local, Step 2: Practice!

It may sound funny, but eating locally takes practice. The way you’re eating right now is probably made up of a lot of little habits, like grocery shopping on the fly, grabbing whatever looks good, and go-to meals and snacks, so that what you’re eating isn’t another thing you have to think about in this crazy ...

Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Banana Muffins

With all the excrement hitting the rotary oscillators these days, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been challenging. I am quite sure I am not alone in discovering I had some very overripe bananas that simply had to be used up, so they would not be thrown out. Generally banana bread ...

Eating Local, Step 1: Have a Plan

Apologies for the long stretch without posts. There’s a lot to, um, digest, right now, and I am integrating many new ideas into how I perceive the world. So bear with me. Making changes in the way you’ve been living your life is hard. It’s complicated. Everything’s connected, so one change affects everything, in sometimes ...

Want To Eat More Local Food This Year? Start Now.

This week I picked up the smoked cuts of the half-hog I ordered from a local farm. The fresh (meaning unsmoked) cuts have been in our basement chest freezer for about 3 weeks. This was one big pig. Eating locally and seasonally has been routine for us for years now, and even though I find it exciting ...

A New Year of Happiness

2016 was a year full of deep disappointment and overwhelming sadness, for many people. You may have started seeing posts in your social media feeds offering up lists of all the glorious things that also happened in 2016, as if they somehow cancel or balance out all the truly awful things that happened in 2016. ...

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