Fruit Tree Once Common on Cape Cod May Be Making a Comeback

“Pawpaw is a tree that will grow here, and was growing here, actually, before the Europeans came,” Eliza Travesino said, as we stood in her Brewster backyard nursery, which holds about a thousand tiny trees. “It can grow from about 12-to-25 feet. It needs a few individuals to pollinate, it’s not self pollinating. And it also produces fruit” Tweet

What Eating Seasonally Has To Do With It

Elspeth Hay: Almost every week, late Friday or early Saturday, my house runs out of milk. We belong to a milk co-op; each Sunday a different local family takes turns driving to Dartmouth and bringing back milk for every family in the group. The amount we get is the closest to what we need, but it doesn’t always last us …

Ordering Your Garden Seeds? This Year Try Puntarelle

It’s seed ordering time again. While the cold blows in under the doors and through cracks in the windows, the catalogs pour in through the mail. And it’s time to start thinking about this year’s gardens. What are we going to plant? Well, together with his wife, Peter Staaterman runs Longnook Meadows Farm in Truro, and he has an idea. …

One Way to Reduce Trash? Start Cutting Down on Food Packaging

According to the US EPA, roughly a third of the trash we create is packaging, and most of that comes from food. A few years ago, Elspeth Hay started wondering why we use so much packaging to keep and transport our food. She learned about a woman named Bea Johnson in California whose family produces only a pint of trash …

Grain and Bean CSA Opens a New Approach to Cooking and Eating

Every winter around this time, Andrea Thorrold stocks her pantry. But she doesn’t do it at the store. Instead, she drives three hours to Western Massachusetts to pick up approximately 100 pounds of grains and beans to see her family through the year. Tweet

A Refugee Farmer’s Hopes, Goals and Sambusas

Rukia Bilal arrived in the states as a Somali-Bantu refugee when she was 14 years old. Today she’s farming at the Flats Mentor Farm , a program of World Farmers in Lancaster, MA. As a successful beginning farmer, she’s looking to expand her business to include selling her produce to grocers, and farmers’ markets and making and selling her homemade …

Gardeners Awake! It’s Time to Order Seeds. Here Are Some Fresh Ideas.

Jayde Dilks grew up in a small, seaside town in Northeastern England. In 2006 she came to Wellfleet for an internship, fell in love with the area and the man who is now her fiancé, and decided to stay. Today she spends her nights managing a Provincetown restaurant and her mornings in her growing garden. Recently we sat down in …