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Not just for Oompa Loompas – a tour of Theo Chocolate

A couple of months ago, Man of La Muncha brought home a chocolate bar along with our normal haul of groceries. I pounced on the bar as it emerged from the shopping bag, to find that the flavor was, (ahem), "Bread and Chocolate". The brand was 3400 Phinney, and the maker was someone we had not heard of...

Digest: Future food-industry scientists, stealthy Pepsi, turkey hunting in Napa

New York Times*: The youth organization once known as Future Farmers of America is thriving, having dropped any reference to actual farming from its name. The membership has changed as well: more FFA members now come from towns & suburbs and want to be not farmers, but food-industry scientists, seed...

Passing the six-month marker

Our half-birthday was Nov. 9, but we forgot. Blog years are like dog years — six months seems like a long time, so we wanted to take stock. Posts: 413 Traffic: From 475 visitors in May — probably all of them people who knew our real names — to being on track for 8,000+ in November. (We average 750 to 1,000...

University Farmers Market: Fresh pasta and potato paradise

Last Saturday, the Butter Bitch and I made a visit to the University Farmers Market. The farmers market used to be our neighborhood market, but Interstate 5 dissuaded us from visiting often. We went to find out why the market needs to be saved and to investigate a rumor of local, organic butter. According...

Tilth: Soil becomes food

This weekend, Man of La Muncha and I made two trips to Tilth, which is the second restaurant in the country to receive Oregon Tilth organic certification. We had heard about the restaurant from various friends, who felt that it was right up our alley. We've had an uncharacteristically busy schedule over the...

Saving the University Ave farmers market

Seattle's school district has a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. What does that have to do with ethicureanism? Well, bear with me as I connect the dots. The District, which has been plagued with debt, school closures, fractious public meetings, and a superintendent who decided to get out while the...

Design on the Edge: Tuesday, 6:30 PM, University of Washington

David Orr, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, will speak on cutting-edge design practices related to "climate change, law, and the rights of future generations." The event takes place at University of Washington's Kane Hall in Room 120 on Tuesday, November 7, at...

Letter from the North: cold snaps and unsnappy lettuce

Seattle is experiencing a cold spell that started with the change from daylight savings, a combination of darkness and cold that marks the early onset of winter. Yesterday's low was 18 F, or -7 C, well below the average. As I walked in the cold air, I hoped that Helsing Junction had finished harvesting...

Autumn in the air

Signs of autumn are everywhere in Seattle. I woke early last week to find that the tree in front of our house had dropped its leaves, seemingly overnight. The rose bush has traded its summery flowers for fat red rosehips, and trees all over are responding to the chilly temperatures and shorter days by...

Food + drink: Pair in Seattle

Last Tuesday, Man of La Muncha and I picked up our final CSA box of the season.  Along with a bounty of winter squash (including tasty delicatas), we received the final newsletter of the year, which informed us that Helsing Junction produce would be featured on the menu of Pair, a local small-plates...

Pigs and cows and goats, oh my! A visit to Sea Breeze Farm

Each year, the King County Extension Office, in association with Washington State University, holds their Harvest Celebration on the first Saturday of October. The Harvest Celebration is a chance for consumers to get to know their local producers and for farms to introduce their products to new users....

Lard

Seattle is a pork-happy town. I observed the local fondness for pork not long after moving to the city three years ago. In addition to sandwiches and burgers featuring bacon, which is to be expected, pork plays a prominent role in breakfast. "Of course," some of you say, "ham and eggs for breakfast."...

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