Category Archives: farming

Apple of My Eye

There is something about the light of February – its intensity and crispness – that speaks of what’s to come. When the brightness is combined with a deep blue sky, it only heightens the sense of possibility. And eating a … Continue reading

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dreams from the other side of the year

  The other side of the year means hot, hazy evenings with muggy breezes and mosquitoes. And it means tomatoes of all sorts. Late July.

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Green

A sight for sore eyes

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Paw Paw (or Pawpaw)

Ray brought this pawpaw to rehearsal the other day. He grew it in his backyard. In Westchester County, not much more than an hour north of NYC! It seems so odd, this seemingly-tropical fruit growing up here in this climate. … Continue reading

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Italian Olive Oil

  This is a little splash of Italian olive oil sitting in a saucer. No, I mean it’s actually Italian oil. It comes from a property in Tuscany (not far from Florence) with 3,000 olive trees where a couple – Janet … Continue reading

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Duck Egg

 I had breakfast for lunch today. After picking up a half-dozen duck eggs at the greenmarket yesterday, I was looking forward with great curiosity to tasting one. First time having a duck egg. And since I had seen where these eggs … Continue reading

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Farm Camp: part 3, cooking+eating a chicken

[A continuation from yesterday’s post] At the end of two full days of touring farms in Washington County, I was dropped off at the Amtrak station in Albany along with three other Farm Campers. We filed into the station, each of … Continue reading

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Farm Camp: part 2, killing the chicken

[Continued from yesterday.] First things first. No, I did not kill the actual chicken pictured in the photo in yesterday’s post – at least not that I know of – but one very similar. There’s no way I can be sure. See, … Continue reading

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Farm Camp: part 1, the chicken

I killed this chicken. Then I ate it. I’ve been twisted up in a knot about how to tell this story. I do not want to be gratuitous in my description of the event. Nor do I want to gloss … Continue reading

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Steeped Mint: a Flood

Last month when the weather forecasts predicted doom and destruction from a storm named Irene, New York City was largely spared. As I was cooped up inside during that day of waiting before she arrived, I paced, turned on the … Continue reading

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