Category Archives: Local Food

Local Food System Fragment

When I left a 25-year career in transportation and logistics, food occupied part of my attention. Over the years my blood pressure and cholesterol levels had increased, and when I left transportation they quickly returned to normal, mostly by eating … Continue reading

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Challenges in a Local Food System

My 2013 decision to develop a barter arrangement with my friend Susan Jutz helped resolve a couple of issues. I needed the cash income plus a share of the vegetables she grew. More importantly than income, I wanted to become … Continue reading

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Saturday Luncheon – Red Beans and Rice

Preparing to cook red beans and rice has been a year-long process because most of the ingredients were produced in my garden or on farms where I work. The garden produced red beans, okra, tomatoes and celery. Local farms produced … Continue reading

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Working Through a Local Food Learning Curve

I didn’t know where bartering labor for local food would lead. In retrospect, it was not about economics, but learning, access to a greenhouse and participating in farm life. This Feb. 1, 2013 email to Susan Jutz, one of the … Continue reading

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Meditation on Hot Sauce

After planting garlic last week I made hot sauce using leftover seeds: Jalapeno and Serrano peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, apple cider vinegar and salt. The recipe evolved over time from one Juan San Miguel explained in 1977 when we both … Continue reading

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Third Month of Apple Season

I picked low-hanging fruit from the Red Delicious apple tree last week. All that’s left is dangling red orbs high above the reach of my 20-foot ladder plus 10-foot picker. Most of those apples will fall to the ground for … Continue reading

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Inventing a Cuisine

Who wants to reinvent home cooking every time they enter the kitchen? Here’s a better question, how can I work to be present in the kitchen and produce tasty, nutritious food for our family? While I have a strong memory … Continue reading

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