SUSTAINABLE FOOD

THE SOUL OF A CARROT: PART TWO

Ever wonder how Bugs Bunny always cleaned Elmer Fudd’s clock? Which one was eating carrots? Those brilliant orange, satisfyingly crunchy roots power packed with carotene are actually a newcomer in the 12,000-year-old world of agriculture.  Carrots are a domesticated form of Queen Anne’s lace, and have been traced back to […]

GREENHOUSE READY FOR WINTER

For better or worse, the race to get projects done before the ground freezes is over, and I think we won. The temperatures around here have dropped.  At the moment, it’s 17 degrees F outside, and a big snow dump is predicted today – the first serious snow of the […]

A VEGETARIAN GIVES THANKS

As the vegetarian mom in a vegetarian family, thanksgiving is not associated with roasted turkey around here. We all look forward to our traditional feast, which features a big, round, crispy-crusted, golden-brown dome of polenta marbled with savory beans and tangy cheeses. And we ladle rich, flavorful vegetarian gravy over […]

RAW MILK THANKSGIVING

SHOULD I SERVE MY THANKSGIVING GUESTS FOOD MADE WITH RAW MILK? My daughter is the new and proud owner of a cow share.  Last month she came home from LaCrosse with a glass jar of milk from her friendly, neighborhood family farm.  It was filled with the familiar white liquid, […]

OCA: ONE TINY PIECE OF OUR BIG PUZZLE

This week UW-Madison ethnobotanist Eve Emshwiller taught me to care deeply about oca, a funky little tuber that I will probably never see. Botany seems like a conflicted field to me.  Some researchers are working to develop “perfect” varieties of plants that can be grown in vast monocultures, while other […]