Buying Local. But not to reduce your carbon footprint.

Late spring in New Hampshire. The tables at the farmers markets are a bit sparse and the attendance is limited to only the most stalwart supporters of local food. There will be a few booths of handmade items, such as leather or jewelry, and a couple of booths selling meat, cheese or milk (the taste…

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…

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)….

Neighborhood goats and chickens

It’s easy nowadays to find farmers markets; more and more towns have them each year. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA keeps a comprehensive list of all U.S. farmers markets as well as some facts and statistics. As of the 2010 growing season, there were over 6,000 farmers markets in the U.S., a gain…

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…