Wal-Mart now selling “ugly” produce

In our Conservation Issue, we outlined a few ways you can help reduce food waste. One is to get produce via farmers markets and CSAs, which accept a greater degree of cosmetically damaged, though still entirely edible and nutritious, fruits and vegetables. This “ugly” produce is otherwise rejected from most major supermarkets, thrown into landfills, and […]

Grazers Meats launches CSA model for grass-fed beef

During our month of conservation stories, we recommended buying farm-direct beef as a good way to bypass a wasteful supply chain and help out a local farmer’s bottom line. The one downside is that a quarter-cow is a crazy amount of meat. If you’re single, or don’t have a deep freezer, it doesn’t make much […]

Community Supported Agriculture: What it is, how it works, and why it’s worth considering

Tis the season for fresh, locally grown produce, farmers’ markets, restaurants boasting seasonal menus, and community gardens bursting at the chicken wire. Another way to enjoy just-picked, seasonal goodies is to join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. No, you don’t have to till the land and harvest the crops (although the farmers would probably […]

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Beyond the beautiful gardens: Can urban farms grow our food?

Along bike paths, in church parking lots, and between high-rise apartments, vegetable gardens are beginning to green. Soon, urban growers like the farmers behind Stone’s Throw Urban Farm and the high-school students of Youth Farm will be filling CSA boxes and farmers’ market stalls with glossy eggplants, vibrant peppers, and verdant kale—the freshest, most delicious […]

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How to buy farm-direct meat

As we note in this month’s report on food waste, eating a diet heavy in red meat puts incredible strain on the global food system. Nobody expects the world to stop eating beef, but we can most certainly stop eating it as mindlessly as we currently do. Here’s one strategy for responsible meat-eating: if you have […]

Jim Morrison’s Sapsucker Farm and Yellow Belly Hard Cider

For this farming couple, starting small led to success, one crop after another. One of Jim Morrison’s favorite memories from childhood involves apples. “I was sitting out in the woods one day,” he recalls, “and I remembered how when I was a kid my parents would occasionally bring home a one-gallon tub of fresh, unpasteurized […]

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Fulton’s Expat is back & CSA sign-ups start now

Expat Returns Winter isn’t over yet, but Fulton Brewing Company has helped us see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today their spring seasonal, Expat, is back in the Fulton Taproom pouring in $5 pints and $13 growlers. Expat was Fulton’s first production beer fermented with a yeast different than their typical house […]