Order Out with Take-In

“When I was growing up in India, you could always tell if other kids’ parents liked you because they would give you the rice on the bottom of the pot,” Mira D’Souza tells me, scraping her wooden serving spoon down the sides and across the bottom of a 4-gallon pot. She scoops the last serving…

Bringing sexy back to ugly

“We wanted to start a farmers market here,” says Bobby, “but no farmers would come. So I became a farmer.” Bobby Walker-Crayton is a farm manager and trainer at the Urban Farming Institute. Sitting on a bench in the shade at UFI’s Sportsmen’s Tennis Club farm in Dorchester, farm managers, apprentices, and interns alike have…

Lessons from the Kitchen

“So far, this has actually been the easiest part,” I said, chatting on the phone with my mother last week. We were talking about how my greatest hesitation, at the launch of this project, was coming up the recipes week after week, and how now, after two months, it has all gone smoothly. Until a…

Harvest Coop

“We’ve got enough food to feed everybody, we’ve just got to figure out how to do it,” says Chris Durkin, Director of Memberships and Community Relations at Harvest Coop. Chris and I are driving over to a local pantry to drop off a box of food, and we’re talking about waste and food rescue on…

Keeping It Fresh

The weekly CSA share at Stearns Farm feeds 4 – 6 people (more than twice what my husband and I can consume) so we participate in the alternate week share, which means we make one share last two weeks. When buying ingredients from the store or the farmers market, I would only buy what I…