They’re staring at me. Precarious piles of overripe red fruits oozing rivulets of juice across the counter, pooling at the edge until they reach a critical mass and the river becomes a waterfall, plummeting over the edge onto the kitchen floor.
It’s hot. Damn hot. And instead of lounging in the shade of a tree, I’m still in this damn kitchen, sweating over the steam bath of large canning pots. … Read More
A brand new variety of garlic is hitting shelves for planting this fall, thanks to the efforts of a Boise farmer—Lori Bevan of Field Goods Farm. The variety, which Bevan named Uzbek Porcelain due to the bulb’s origins in Uzbekistan, has never before been available to gardeners in the United States. Five years ago, the quiet, somewhat reticent Bevan began the journey to introduce a handful … Read More
More than five decades ago Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring alerted Americans to the dangers and perils of the pesticide DDT. Her book, four years in the writing, became a call to action to ban the chemical pesticide that indiscriminately destroyed insects and birds. DDT is gone, and Carson remains a heroic figure to those who value the lives and work of beneficial insects. Sadly, problems still … Read More
Entering the Acme Bakeshop through an unassuming door in a Garden City warehouse lineup, every cliché I’d ever heard to describe that experience walloped me over the head. That smell—yeasty, warm, humid—it was like coming home, like walking into a womb. Bread is of us, somewhere deep and undeniable. It made me want to curl up on the concrete floor with a blanket and take a … Read More