I always preach that every meal should be savored, but sometimes busy schedules dictate that meals have to be savored on-the-go.
I grew up on a farm in Deep Run, North Carolina. We had chickens, hogs that wallowed in the mud, two cows and, for whatever reason, peacocks; but primarily, my parents grew tobacco until I was about 10 years old.
Not all produce is created equal. When it comes down to it, there are just some fruits and veggies that simply can’t take the heat. Cucumber, lettuce, watermelon—they're all totally delicious when chilled, but are also equally not when served warm.
According to an article in The Genographic Project, farming has been around for roughly 12,000 years, with some evidence pointing to even more prehistoric agriculture sites that date back even further to 23,000 years.
This long span of time has allowed generations of farmers to really master their trade, using learned information from trials and errors to make improvements for future harvests. But even with all of these years of practice, no greater amount of improvements were made than in the past century when precision agriculture was introduced.
I grew up in rural eastern North Carolina, where farmers and their families were my neighbors, my friends and my family. In this place, Deep Run, where I now live with my husband and two children at the end of long gravel driveway that flanks a wheat field, there’s not a whole lot going on. There aren’t any stop lights or fancy grocery stores, but there are at least a half-dozen produce stands and four times as many fields full of turnip greens and corn.
Dear Blueberry Muffins and Pancakes: I'm sorry. This bread pudding brings everything you do to the breakfast table and it can be assembled the night before.
If you search “farmer” on Google, you’ll get dozens of images of raggedy men in overalls, straw hats, muddy boots and a pitchfork in hand. While this is typically the image that comes to mind when we imagine a stereotypical farmer, it’s a common misconception that this is what today’s farmers look like.
The International Responsible Farming Council has announced the appointment of Danny Kushmer as their new Executive Director.
For the past two decades, the Environmental Working Group (EWG)—a group that claims to fight “for consumers' rights to live healthier lives in a healthy environment”—has instilled a false fear in produce consumers around the country by releasing an annual list called “The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™”, otherwise known as the “Dirty Dozen™”.
On our farm, my dad used to tell me, “You know, you are drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank."