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Farms, local food and thoughtful commerce

Salad days

June 2, 2014

Click here to learn why I’m blogging every day this month. Tess was in a stroller the first summer she visited the farm. Six months old, with a sunhat on her head and sunlight on her toes, she watched (and snoozed) as my husband and I and our CSA comrades picked the day’s crops, then […]

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So many reasons to love maple season

February 25, 2014

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just as it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains trace vitamins and minerals, even antioxidants. It’s still sugar, so let’s not […]

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Real Food Road Test 2013: The Round-up

July 21, 2013

While doing the Harry Potter thing at Universal Orlando two weeks ago, we spotted a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream kiosk. Score! Real ice cream amid the hyperprocessed powder-based soft serve that dominates the park. Except it turned out the Ben & Jerry’s was soft serve, too. I had no idea there was such a thing, but I was hopeful the […]

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Real Food Road Test:
The Spoonfed Guide to Vacation Food, 2013 Edition

June 27, 2013

Last summer, we drove 1,250 miles through six states over eight days, and I microblogged the trip, posting daily Facebook updates with tips and observations about eating well on the road. (I then compiled all those FB updates in this post.) As I wrote before we left, we had no idea where we were going (road-tripping old school!), but I […]

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Facing our food

June 24, 2013

Read any advice on raising good eaters and you’ll see some variation of “involve kids in growing food.” Conventional wisdom tells us this is because children are more likely to try something they’ve grown (or picked), enticed by the intimacy and novelty of it all. And it’s true, if not an actual guarantee. But there […]

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Real Food Road Test: The Round-up

September 11, 2012

As I wrote two weeks ago, we decided to finish summer with a road trip. And I decided to microblog along the way, using Facebook posts to show that it is possible to eat well on the road, even when you have no idea where you’re going or where you’re staying. This was road-tripping old-school style. With an iPhone […]

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Real Food Road Test:
The Spoonfed Guide to Vacation Food

August 27, 2012

‘Tis the season for back-to-school posts. But Tess doesn’t start until Sept. 6, so we’re road-tripping for the next week, to points south but otherwise unknown. No reservations, no set plans. Just the three of us in a car with an itch to meander, and an iPhone loaded with lodging apps. And food, of course. We always bring food when we […]

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Zen and the art of blog maintenance

July 18, 2012

A note for all of you (readers, that is): I’ve been woefully absent from the blog for a long time, and I appreciate all the e-mails asking after my well-being (and also asking when-the-hell-are-you-going-to-start-blogging-again?!). This hiatus began as we ramped up for our big move (and downsizing) from house to loft, and it’s extended to post-move for the […]

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Real food on the road

May 31, 2012

Summertime. When the living is easy, road trips entice, and that road is paved with fast food and greasy spoons. What to do, what to do. As a longtime vegetarian, I’ve been bringing food on the road for years, if only a few bananas and granola bars to get me through the gauntlet of golden […]

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Kids and factory farming: Yes, tell them the truth

February 27, 2012

We have a living-history museum nearby. One of those places with relocated old buildings and re-enactors who take you right back to the 19th century. During one visit, I was in the kitchen of a home churning butter with my daughter and chatting with another visitor, telling her we’d seen a pig-slaughtering pen being built at the village’s teaching farm. The museum, […]

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