In “Fat of the Land,” forager Lang Cook tells how rooted food is to place

High school date nights found my boyfriend and I parked at the edge of Puget Sound, where daytime low tides enticed dozens of clam diggers to the tide flats. We called our sessions by the unintentionally indecent name "clam digging." High school was the last time I'd made out clamming until a recent outing...

Farm-to-Market: Island Grown Farmers Cooperative

I spotted a familiar face on the front page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal. Farmer Bruce Dunlop looked back at me while I read about the mobile abattoir, or “slaughterhouse on wheels,” he designed that six years ago became the first of its kind to gain USDA approval. Last fall, my family and I followed the...

Garage-top garden

Witchhazel is blooming at my house, a sign that spring is nearly here. I'm planning my garden, which will be my second one ever, if it comes to fruition. I started my first garden by reading piles of books. I spent the winter lingering over every kitchen garden book Amazon had to offer, littering my Sunset...

The experts have spoken: Grass-fed beef is worth the cost

Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy group that tests products and publishes its results in Consumer Reports, says grass-fed beef is likely better for human and soil health.  In the magazine’s March 2008 "claim check" column (not yet online), Consumer Reports asks, “Is...

Go goat: Finding goat dairy products

Peek in our fridge and you'll find goat milk, goat butter, and a variety of goat cheeses -- my daughter is allergic to casein (one of milk's proteins) and I'm sensitive to lactose (its sugar). Goat milk, like cow milk, has both, but in a structure and an amount that makes it easier for our overly sensitive...

Flood assistance for Washington farmers

Dairy cows were among the victims of Washington's floods. Photo by Mike Kane for the Seattle P-I. Washington and Oregon suffered disastrous rain and wind for days starting on December 1, and farms in southwest Washington were hit particularly hard. Some dairies dumped their milk when a 20-mile section of...

Cheese Baby visits the Estrella Family Creamery

From our Seattle correspondent Jenni P.: Anthony Estrella calls my daughter the Cheese Baby, and since she’s been old enough to talk she’s called him the Cheese Man. We’ve been buying cheese from Anthony at Seattle farmers markets for the past couple of years. Every week we take home a...

Guest post: Keeping goats in Seattle

Bonnie here: Jenni Pertuset, who's posted previously about the Crown S Ranch in Washington State, recently met a goat owner who could use some help from fellow Seattle residents. Read on to find out how a small urban farm is butting heads with city regulations. Jenni (pronounced like Jenna) lives in Seattle...

Guest Post: Crown S Ranch Field Trip

Man of La Muncha here: One of our readers, Jenni, is one of the organizers of the Montlake Meat CSA, which will share a beef purchase from Crown S Ranch. She writes about her field trip to the ranch earlier in July. Seattle-area readers who are interested in the meat CSA are welcome to contact Man of La...