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I can, you can, we all can!: Essential books for preserving seasonal bounty

Well, that sure happened fast. One day I was bundling up in a coat to head outside, and the next thing you know, the weather turned downright summery here in northeastern Ohio. The early crops I planted at the beginning of April are starting to overwhelm me with their bounty — loads of lettuce, reams of...

In DC, farmers market vouchers will soon aid families on assistance

A few dollars can add up: Needy families are flocking to farmers markets in Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut thanks to an innovative program that doubles the value of food stamps and fruit and vegetable coupons for low-income mothers and senior citizens. The Wholesome Wave Foundation provides...

Golden State’s blueberry production up, prices in the red

Singing the blues: Through years of hard work, California farmers have dramatically increased their blueberry production, and the state is on track to become the third largest U.S. producer. Success took new, heat-tolerant varieties based on old tropical breeds, understanding the plants' soil and irrigation...

Preserving the season

Bottling the magic of the bounty: It's time to start thinking about how to preserve some of the bounty of spring and summer. A feature article by Julia Moskin in the New York Times has advice and opinion from several prominent practitioners, a brief overview of food safety issues, and more. Moskin points...

Inside David Mas Masumoto’s orchard

Peach paranoia: Anxiety, fatigue, obsession. These are some of the feelings experienced by peach grower extraordinare David Mas Masumoto (and author of such books as Epitath for a Peach). He is plagued by questions: Did it rain too much?  Too little? Did the April heat wave damage the trees? Farming is full...

Disney moving aggressively into branded fresh-produce market

No Dumbos here: This article in today's WashPo business section details how, over the past few years, Disney has distanced itself from junk food and expanded its association with healthier products. There are more than 250 offerings in the Disney Garden line, including Disney-branded eggs and a High School...

Pixies for the People: A new WIC Local Food Line

Can you hear the chanting? "Pixies for the People!" How about the drums? "Pixies for the People!" Pixie Tangerines, that is, not Tinker Bell. When I first learned of this initiative to provide free fruit, fresh from the farm for WIC recipients, I found myself hollering "Pixies for the People!" in pure '60s...

Digest – Blogs: Tomato truths, legislation lies, and the murky waters of sustainable shrimp

The price of tomatoes: Tom Philpott follows up on his trip to Immokalee, Florida with the second of a two-part post, examining how tomato pickers survive on $50 a day. The answer? With much difficulty. (Grist) That's the internet for you: There's been quite a bit of webby rabble-rousing over Representative...

Digest – News: Seeds grow, even in prison; allergy nuts; and the return of the pear

Growing hope: U.S. prisons are notoriously bad at rehabilitating inmates and preparing them to return to public life, but San Quentin is trying to change that. How? By providing an organic garden that residents can care for. "It reminds me of being with my grandmother," says one inmate. "It saved my life."...

Digest – Features and blogs: The great OJ caper, the anti-produce lobby, and urban-rural love

Take a bite outta that: Orange juice is marketed as a healthy, natural food, but it's actually the end product of a process that involves long-term storage, chemistry, and "flavor packs." As is generally the case, you're much better off just eating an orange. Q&A with author Alissa Hamilton, whose book,...

All steriled up: Produce safety guidelines throw sustainability out, keep toxic bathwater

Readers may remember back in November when I announced the first installment of a two-part post on produce safety. It's taken me a few months to get around to it, but here we are: part 2! Photo of a "sterile farm" courtesy of the Wild Farm Alliance. Part 1 of this post found me sitting awkwardly at an FDA...

What the health?: A review of “101 Foods That Could Save Your Life”

In the past year or so, the local college has started a Wellness Series of lectures designed to discuss various health topics designed to appeal to all members of the community. Unable to attend any of last year's, I thought I might try to catch at least one this time around, so recently I dragged a friend...

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