The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

The Three F’s of Thanksgiving

When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about family, food, and firsts. The first person in my family to eat a Thanksgiving feast was William Brewster, my 13th great-grandfather. He was also one of the first people to celebrate this tradition at all. After coming...
Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

If anyone’s ever looking for me on a Sunday morning, they’d better head to the FreshFarm DuPont Circle Farmers’ Market. I can’t resist the tables piled high with bright green lettuces, plump purple eggplants, and juicy peaches. There’s fresh goat...
Eating Local in the Wintertime

Eating Local in the Wintertime

“Has nobody in this bleeping town heard of a kale salad?” I wanted to scream. That’s the anguish of a Californian convert transplanted to Wisconsin in the dead of winter. As I remind anyone who tries to assure me that Madison is a lovely town and Wisconsin...
The Fight for Control over Our Own Dinner Tables

The Fight for Control over Our Own Dinner Tables

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist and former farm boy, once wrote: “[T]he central problem with modern industrial agriculture… [is] not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste, and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all....
How I Fell for Farmers’ Markets

How I Fell for Farmers’ Markets

I’ll never forget the first time I went to a farmers’ market. I hated it. Like many who buy food only from the grocery store, I didn’t realize that local farmers can’t produce every food all year round. I didn’t expect pineapples or...
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