The Farmer's Marketer

Naked Lunch: Variety Matters

The so-called Minimalist in the NY Times had a piece on 101 Simple Salads for the Season this week.  But I'd suggest those dozens of salads are not nearly simple or minimal enough. 

There's something primal about the absolute freshness of food in season now that makes me regularly want to eat it plain and unadorned, except perhaps with a little butter and salt. How else to taste the sweetness of a cucumber pulled off the vine just minutes ago? …

Old Pine Farm: Humane, Heritage Meat

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”    - Mahatma Gandhi

  

In Search of a  New Way to Eat
If you've seen the recent documentary Food Inc., a film exposing the dirty secrets of environmental degradation, animal cruelty, and consumer ignorance inherent in our current food system, you might be wondering what your options are. Is it even possible to buy food, meat especially, where you can be confident that animals were treated humanely; where the watershed is untainted with run-off from sewage lagoons; and where workers are treated fairly?

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten 

the plums

that were in

the icebox


and which 

you were probably

saving

for breakfast


Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet 

and so cold


-- William Carlos William 



This is just to say I didn't think I even liked plums, but I am in love with the perfume of these gorgeous Early Golden plums from the fabulous Wolfe Orchard. I have been eating these tiny golden love apples, two at a time, quartered, from the fridge. …

Food Indy-pendence Day

An Indianapolis rendezvous with the family (and new baby niece) was the Fourth of July destination of the Farmer's Marketer this year. Without too much arm-twisting, I managed to get the good people of the aforementioned family to sign on to a plan to make it a "Food Independence Day" - making our good American grub with food from our very own heartland states (Indiana, Michigan and Iowa).  With a couple of CSA farm shares and a garden between us,  all we needed was a trip to an Indy farmers' market to fill in the gaps for our feast.   

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