Archive for ‘local food’

September 22, 2011

The Greenhorns Film Premiere – Cambridge, MA – September 28, 2011

If you love food, you love farms.

Growing up in central/upstate New York I had a great appreciation for the local farms scattered just outside my hometown. Fresh just-picked produce is one of mother nature’s greatest gifts. My personal favorite is locally grown corn on the cob, always best in mid to late August. I tend to eat it raw, right off the cob – it’s just so sweet and fresh.

With our modern reliance on quick and convenient food products, the food, and the path it took to get to you, are often lost. Remember, your fruits and vegetables were once connected to the ground, watching the skies, just like you, for signs of rain and the promise of sunshine. And even those processed and packaged foods, although “created” in a factory, often have ingredients that originated on a farm. Farms are incredibly important. Farms are food.

If you are not already familiar, The Greenhorns, a national nonprofit organization composed of, and in support of, young American farmers, is attempting to bring farming back to the center of our foodscape, where it deserves to be. Often perceived as an old-fashioned and outdated profession, farming today is actually the opposite, as their highly anticipated film, “The Greenhorns,” proves.

Our national food system is facing a number of crises, one of them is the oligarchy developing within farming, as more and more small and independent farms lose their battle against giant food corporations and governmental entities. Another is the massive amount of farmland being lost to environmental destruction and development. For example, New York State, my home state as mentioned above, is losing a farm to real estate development every 3.5 days. “The Greenhorns” is an inspirational and uplifting film that reminds us all is not lost. As young and innovative farmers begin to  influence the national farming scene we can only hope it will encourage a return to the farms, and we can get back to eating that delicious and locally farmed food we love.

In support of farms, please plan to attend the screening of “The Greenhorns” on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. The premiere will take place at the Brattle Theater and tickets are $5.00. More information is below.
All proceeds from this event will support the projects and outreach programs of the Greenhorns nonprofit organization
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July 12, 2011

Allandale Farm

Having access to fresh and local produce is always important, but it is an absolute necessity in the New England summertime. Sunshine and hot days make me run from heavy, hearty dishes, and turn instead towards fresh salads, crisp vegetables and perfectly ripe fruit. Is there a meal more refreshing meal than mixed greens, chopped cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh Vermont goat cheese and delicious vinaigrette dressing? I don’t think so.

A few weeks ago I visited the Allandale Farm in Brookline, Mass, and found an abundance of fresh local and delicious produce. A visit to the farm is a must for anyone in the Boston area this summer, although you can easily rack up quite an expensive tab! The majority of the produce is locally grown at the 30 acre farm in Brookline, or at a satellite farm in Groton, Mass. The farm also partners with other local food crafters to sell coffee, tea, honey, cheese, salad dressings and marinades, bread and ice cream. Everything seemed of the highest quality, and was well worth the extra cost (when compared to the mega grocery stores in Boston). In addition, there are nine greenhouses on the property that grow a wide variety of  herbs, flowers, plants and shrubs for sale.

I even got to hang out with some chickens!

The Allandale Farm is located at 259 Allandale Road in Brookline, MA, and is open 7 days a week.
http://www.allandalefarm.com/

April 27, 2011

United States Food Map

When I stumbled upon this food map, created by Lucy Stephens, a graphic artist and book designer, I was amazed. The detail within the map is awesome, and I found myself peering into the corners of each state to find it’s treasured food. California’s  avocados and figs, Washington’s salmon, coffee and apples, Oklahoma’s pecan pie, Georgia’s grits, Maine’s blueberries and lobster, and New York’s pretzels and bagels!

I think this print would look beautiful framed in any kitchen or dining room, and it makes a great gift for a foodie!

You can read an interview with the artist here
Or buy the print (in multiple different colors!) here