From the Community

Spring Comes to Tom's Farm

By • March 22, 2012 • 2 Comments

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If you love Sunday Dinners, you'll get a kick out of this: starting today our very own Tom Hirschfeld will be sharing occasional snapshots here on Feed52 of life on his farm in Indiana. Tom, take it away:

"Spring fever means a bona fide front porch bath. It's a rite of spring (or the first day that is warm enough if March 20 isn't) for us that constitutes a hot bath on the front porch. And because sisters will be sisters, it did not take long for the splashing to begin."

Now that's an amazing family tradition -- and what an incredible photograph. What are your best memories of spring?

Photo by Tom Hirschfeld

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Supply Chain

Out and About with Alyssa Shelasky

By • March 22, 2012 • 7 Comments

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We're celebrating the artisans, writers, makers, and more who make up the diverse and inspiring world of food.

Today: Supply Chain peeks into a day in the life of Alyssa Shelasky, writer at Grub Street and author of the forthcoming memoir Apron Anxiety.

Alyssa Shelasky is a busy woman -- between writing scores of posts every week for Grub Street and prepping for the release of her book, Apron Anxiety: My Messy Life In and Out of the Kitchen, a food memoir out this May, she keeps her weekends open for personal time. To debut our new Supply Chain column, here's a peek into her life on a recent Sunday: Greek yogurt, The Meatball Shop, and cupcakes all make appearances! We can't wait to see more of Alyssa's writing in her memoir.

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Amanda's Kids' Lunch

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

By • March 22, 2012 • 5 Comments

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What are Walker and Addie having for lunch? Today it's Chicken Cutlets Grilled in Charmoula with Quick-Cured Lemon Confit, a Community Pick from the Your Best Citrus contest, sandwich-ified on sliced bread with kale salad. Apricot rosemary bars from Baked and crisp Macoun apples from the Greenmarket round out dessert.

An enviable meal for early spring! What are you having for lunch today?

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Behind the Scenes

Fruit of the Week: Citrus

By • March 21, 2012 • 6 Comments

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We're so very close to asparagus season here in the Northeast -- the weather has turned, spring is in the air, and soon we'll be seein a lot more green at the market. But while winter is still in our minds, we dedicate our fruit of the week to the mighty citrus. Here's a paean to our favorite winter pick-me-up, as photographed by our very own citrus-addicted Kristy Mucci.

Click through for plenty of photos of glorious lemons, oranges, kumquats, and more.

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City Dirt

Seed Starting 101

By • March 21, 2012 • 3 Comments

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This is the sixth in our biweekly series from Amy Pennington — urban farmer, founder of GoGo Green Garden, and author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening — on how to start growing your own food, no matter how tiny your garden-to-be is.

Today: Whether you've prepped your backyard or bought containers for your balcony, Amy walks us through starting plants from seed.

It's not that easy to germinate a seed. We have to wait for the ground to dry up and the sun to start shining to really take full advantage of the garden here in the Pacific Northwest. The same goes for New Englanders, though they have to wait for the ground to thaw first. In stark comparison, gardeners in California can garden year-round. (And it's apparently summer according to recent weather in Washington, DC, so who knows!) But no matter the weather, starting seeds can accelerate the process of growing in any conditions.

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