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Agroterrorism, the not-the-mouth food hole

Agroterrorism, the not-the-mouth food hole

Preaching to Choir Dept. – The Presidential transition exercise, where responses to imagined threats are rehearsed, saw no leader in the Agriculture seat. Agroterrorism lacks the shock factor of immediate attacks but a lack of preparedness leaves open the doors to a more potent attack. According to a 2007 “Report...

Roast vegetables with lamb roast

Roast vegetables with lamb roast

Here’s a picture of that lamb roast we keep writing about. When the roast became parts of a Cottage Pie, these vegetables joined it. Quartered lengthwise, these three veggies came out tasting their best and made an incredible presentation and impression. Parsnips came in a bag by the pound and...

Mayland, History, Food.

Mayland, History, Food.

I have appointed myself, quietly, Mr. Maryland – granting myself powers to look at local history through the filter of food. I also, you see, have a Food Blogger Badge that I infrequently flip out on anyone especially bringing to conclusive ends disputes over food among friends. The title’s duration...

Food Deserts Have A Hidden Twin.

Food Deserts Have A Hidden Twin.

Last year, knowledge of the Food Desert concept hit its peak. To be sure, the midwest and farm belts make up the largest chunks of inaccessibility to nutritious food when viewed from afar. The investigations were founded on the idea that poor nutrition happens where access to food is hardest....

No hurry.

No hurry.

We’ve been far from the Internet but never far from a farm or plate or kitchen; just haven’t written about it. It’s always obvious that there’s a connection between the size of the dinner and the size of the diner, but only recently is that something to consider more seriously....

Raw milk, some lingo and Maryland

Raw milk, some lingo and Maryland

Herdshares and agistment are words that Marylanders will finally get to learn. Just recently a law was passed that allowed the sale of raw milk as pet food. At the same time more research is continuing to show that low fat milk pasteurized in grocery aisles contain artificial sweeteners to...

What DRM-Circumvention could mean for farmers -wip

What DRM-Circumvention could mean for farmers -wip

After many months of briefs and hearings, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is proud to announce some new rules for exemptions as pertains to manufacturer’s software for games, cell phones and cars. We’re interested mostly in the vehicular aspect and will reach out for clarity on the following problem facing smaller...

A Secular Calendar for farming

A Secular Calendar for farming

Years ago we endeavoured to create a simplified calendar to help gardeners who are cursed with two left thumbs. Too often, new flower and veggie farmers are confined to the directions on the backs of seed packets suggesting planting months and spans of growth recommended for the best times to...

Whoa! Go Mango! History and Hot Sauce...

Whoa! Go Mango! History and Hot Sauce...

South Florida is known for some pretty outrageous stuff, sometimes so silly, it’s positively unbelievable. Take this little ditty for example, people from almost all walks of life have mango trees in their backyards. Right about this time of year, what to have for lunch, breakfast and dessert, is never...

Horizon Dinosaurs, grain elevators

Horizon Dinosaurs, grain elevators

We suburbans see them dotting the horizon when we’re on those long, annoying single-lane highways as we’re itching for the passing lanes to come. They’re not high on the list of things to think about; they look like relics of farming long gone. The fact is, they’re as relevant now...

Incredible Edible Egg Anomaly

Incredible Edible Egg Anomaly

Big Kudos to a local client who receives egg deliveries every other week from Moose Manor Farms in south Maryland. Carole photographed this little tiny egg that was wrapped inside a larger egg (with yolk!) and sent it right in. Pretty amazing.

Carole’s comment to the Head Hen Herder at Moose...

Anatomy of a Honeybee Frame

Anatomy of a Honeybee Frame

The first Instagram of a domestic hive is from some five eight thousand years ago. Cave art depicts a Mesolithic woman atop a ladder gathering honey from one of several active hives. Indeed, there are few societies on Earth as adept at thriving, growing and balancing sustenance as the mighty...

Our Lychee Tree suffers gravely

Our Lychee Tree suffers gravely

Given this author’s laughable experience with plant recognition and successful plantings, all the help imaginable is what’s needed to track a record of successes and failures and plot new courses to avert disasters. In Miami, that help comes from a fruit tree; peculiar to many Zones in the United States,...

E.U. Table oil law rocks the boat

E.U. Table oil law rocks the boat

Much has been made of the decision to flatly outlaw certain olive oils European restaurants provided on tables for customers. Germany simply called it ‘silly.’ The olive oil bottles are widely held as an icon of dining, comfort, family and provides a romantic staple not only for visitors from abroad,...

A year of farm-raised chicken

A year of farm-raised chicken

It’s been over a year since I bought chicken from a meat department. In that year, I’ve enjoyed more chicken dinners than ever before; the recipes of which I’ve mentally added to the, “have to do that again!” list. The chickens have all been farm fresh. I think it’s not...

Giddy-up garden!

Giddy-up garden!

In a spread of images dated April 09 to April 29, one reader shares her lush success growing a variety of tasty veggies and herbs in the back yard. Look at the canopy that developed in just twenty days! Miami gardens can really spoil the backyard gardener but we’re also...

The business model of half a hog

The business model of half a hog

Let’s examine a fictional restaurant that dives into serving half a hog nightly for one week as a special, once-a-night five-course dinner. Each course centers around ingredients from just one half of a hog. The challenge for this haute restaurant that’s chosen such a specialized menu is to balance the...

H.R. 933 Section 735 Monsanto Rider

H.R. 933 Section 735 Monsanto Rider

In a bill full of defense and homeland security sections, it appears special interests have tucked in a shelter for themselves to continue selling licensed seeds to farmers though it’s coming to light these seeds were illegally USDA approved. Is it a case of retro-active ass-covering? H.R.933 is 120...

Another damn rally for the sprouts

Another damn rally for the sprouts

Luckily we have no reputation at stake. This simple-stupid project has been a hang-up for weeks now and here, despite the head-banging and frustration, is the third go. A sprout garden concept adding beauty to your outdoor patio, preventing over-moisture, providing ample sun and air and, with luck, defeating squirrels...

Sprout Pirates!

Sprout Pirates!

And another sprout garden. This time, the bed of sprouts is nearly an inch thick to ward off the drying phenomenon that plagued the first attempt. By all accounts, this should be so easy an astronaut can do it in space on behalf of nine year olds. Another major difference...

Unkind neighbor smokes out farmers

Unkind neighbor smokes out farmers

Neighbors protest in the ugliest ways. Make too much noise, get a banging on the wall. Park in the wrong space, find a car in your space not long after. It’s tit for tat but because it’s personal, the whole exchange can get pretty heated; especially if you’re fighting fire...

Lettuce recycle

Lettuce recycle

Amazing! Lettuce heads are not distant relations of zombies or star fish, but don’t tell them that. Leave a little bit of your next head of lettuce’s white part in a tiny bit of water. Keep an eye on the water level daily. Pictured here is romaine which doesn’t sell...

A Sprout Garden

A Sprout Garden

Ed. This project fails in the end. There’s a lot of reasons to sprout sprouts. Sprouts of all sorts are more healthy than their larger, older off spring in many cases; in just a week, a sprout garden can be turned over to a new crop; sprout gardens take up...

Pearapple:  Cross-breed or mutant?

Pearapple: Cross-breed or mutant?

There are very few sites on the matter. When adding exotic fruits to a salad, papaya, mango and Pearapple are all good choices. Grocers local to the East Coast USA have started cramming Pearapples in between the apples and pears and most come from Chile. So...

5 w.o. English Shepard farm hand

5 w.o. English Shepard farm hand

En route to joining the company of FoodNewsie, Sadie, pictured here at five weeks in some farm hands is a good example of an English Shepard. After a little trip to Moose Manor Farms LLC and a name change, she’ll become a different kind of farm hand, guarding ducks...

Hellooo! Anyone home?

Hellooo! Anyone home?

No silly girl! It’s not a skylight for an underground bunker and it’s not a magic door from Monsters, Inc. It’s FarmWise repurposing. Mike sends us this crafty project turning French door to Cold Frame lid. Curious Muscovy are right to snoop around. Even in 35 degrees, seedlings will sprout...

MoCo Farm Space

MoCo Farm Space

The old Montgomery County still has a few ties to the way things used to be. Farm Space in Maryland (America in Miniature) includes some gems and historic landmarks to visit.

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What to do with Sweet Yellow Plums

What to do with Sweet Yellow Plums

Even with the power out in almost all of Montgomery County, Maryland this last week, there were still farmer’s markets to be visited, books to read and new recipe ideas to absorb. A trip to the 90th annual Olney farmer’s market benefiting a local hospital grabbed the headlines and...

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