Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Our Apples are Local

The dining hall has been buying produce locally when feasible. A great treat this fall has been the apples from Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. We have been able to sample many different varieties from the early crops to later pickings. Each apple variety has been labelled with name and characteristics. I suppose as the season gives way to winter we shall be grabbing the more familiar Delicious apple variety once more but being more up-front and personal with what we were eating this fall was good.

I believe that growing our own food and buying locally and in season is really the future of our planet. The library has several books which address the local movement. The Revolution will not be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements by Sandor Ellix Katz
(641.3 KAT) deals with grassroots activists and the social and economic ramifications of how we eat. Slow Food Revolution: a New Culture for Eating and Living by Carlo Petrinin (641.3 PET) celebrates the local. The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken (658.408 HAW) is a "declaration of sustainability." And two practical books help us get going. A Slice of Organic Life (640 SLI) gives many small ways to integrate organic living into daily life. Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets by Deborah Madison (641.5 MAD) has luscious recipes and lush photographs.

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