What’s seasonal? It depends on where you are.

Eating locally is about eating seasonally. It’s about finding a diet that is delicious and varied, and grown as close to home as possible. It also means branching out from the typical and rarely changing fruits and vegetables you see gracing the supermarket shelves. It might mean doing some investigation and finding out what does…

The Importance of Beans

Unlike the whimsical tune every child sang when they were younger (or any adult letting out their inner child might have sung), beans in El Salvador are more than just a magical fruit. They are truly the lifeblood of this country; its heart and soul. Almost everyone in the country eats frijoles rojo (red beans)…

Local Food in Bolivia

Going back to your roots: that’s the first basic step in creating a sustainable local food system. Agricultural production in Bolivia is diverse because of the numerous micro-climates in the country: from the lowlands and rain forests to the dry plateaus and mountains that tip the scales at over 6500 meters. The indigenous people of…

El Salvador’s Food Culture

When I first arrived in El Salvador a bit more than a year ago, I fell under the impression that this country had very little of its own specialties. There was only one dish that really seemed to be wholly El Salvador’s, and when I read about the country I couldn’t find any traditional music,…

1,500 Miles is a Long Way to the Trash Can

Local food is a hot topic. Farmers markets are on the rise. Small diverse farmers are finding greater markets, and nearly everywhere demand is rising for local food. But similar to the growth in the organic industry, which has been extremely rapid in the past ten years, this growing interest in local food still represents…

Just the Bees

Honeybees, Apis mellifera, live in my parents’ backyard – about 200,000 of them. In the apiary behind my parents’ barn there are four honeybee hives protected by a roof of oak leaf branches and an electric fence for the bears. Peter is the apiarist who installed the bees and comes by to collect honey and…

Farmers Markets: Just a bucolic mask?

Most people generally assume that the produce, meat, and other items they buy at farmers markets are grown or made by the people from whom they are purchasing the items. I recently went to a nearby farmers market (one my mother typically avoids because she insists it is far more expensive than other local ones)….

We begin at home

New Hampshire is my home; it is where I grew up, where I learned to love gardening, cooking, farmers, and everything outdoors. And so it seems perfectly fitting that I begin this blog where I have my roots. After all, all of our food begins with a tiny seed pushing its roots into the soil…