Category: Food

Smell the Coffee!

Smell the Coffee!

With all due respect to poet William Carlos Williams, so much depends not on a “red wheelbarrow glazed with rain water” but on a steaming mug of coffee. There may be metaphoric value in...

Three Ways to Green Your Household

Three Ways to Green Your Household

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the Frog bemoaned back in 1970. What was, for a Muppet, a whimsical play on words has become code for the challenge of trying to live with a...

An Apple Proposition

An Apple Proposition

“Pick your way through these piles of colorful orbs… and you will get a sense of the many things an apple can be, the many roles it can play in our lives. If there...

Sustainability Certification or Simply Marketing?

Sustainability Certification or Simply Marketing?

Certifying farms for sustainability is an appealing idea. The bureaucrats in Augusta who hatched this plan for Maine undoubtedly envisioned nothing but positive outcomes. A state seal of approval for sound agricultural practices could...

Serving up Wonky Veggies

Serving up Wonky Veggies

Who is not amused by a two-legged carrot or an eggplant with a ski-jump nose? Gardeners don’t expect perfection or uniformity, especially when growing organically. Yet supermarkets claim they can sell only flawless produce...

Land Trusts Fostering Food Resilience

Land Trusts Fostering Food Resilience

Nourishing food should be critical staple in every Maine kitchen, but it is not. One in four Maine children struggles to get enough to eat. The number of Maine residents who cannot consistently afford...

Less Lawn, More Food (and Wildlife)

Less Lawn, More Food (and Wildlife)

The lawn at our house is disappearing nearly as fast as delectable desserts do. Our half-moon metal edger has a big appetite. It nibbles back turf to enlarge perennial beds. It carves around the...

Factoring in Local and Organic Foods on a Budget

Factoring in Local and Organic Foods on a Budget

The Press Herald recently reported that Maine residents spend a third more on food than the national average. This was not news for those of us tallying up grocery bills. We live daily with...