It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life

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It's a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life by Keith Stewart, Flavia Bacarella

Keith Stewart, already in his early forties and discontent with New York's corporate grind, moved upstate and started a one-man organic farm in 1986. Today, having surmounted the seemingly endless challenges to succeeding as an organic farmer, Keith employs seven to eight seasonal interns and provides 100 varieties of fresh produce to the shoppers and chefs who flock twice weekly, May to December, to his stand at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan-the only place where his produce is sold. It's a Long Road to a Tomato opens a window into the world of Keith's Farm, with essays on Keith's development as a farmer, the nuts and bolts of organic farming for an urban market, farm animals domestic and wild, and the political, social, and environmental issues relevant to agriculture today-and their impact on all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190232
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Keith Stewart is a NOFA-NY certified organic vegetable grower in Westtown, New York, who has been selling to the NYC Union Square Greenmarket since it began. Keith’s garlic has been called “the most soulful garlic on earth” by Time Out New York. The New York Times said, “Keith’s farm grows garlic from another planet compared with the stuff in supermarkets.” He is the author of It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life. His essays appear in The Valley Table, “the Hudson Valley’s only magazine devoted to regional farms, food, and cuisine.”

Table of Contents

Foreword Deborah Madison xi

Preface to the Second Edition xv

A Change of Life: On Becoming a Farmer 1

Regarding Chickens and Their Eggs 7

Buy It at the Farmers' Market 15

An Apprentice Workforce 21

The Unpeaceable Kingdom 32

Thursday at the Farm 37

Wild Weather 43

Small-Farm Economics-Watching the Bottom Line 48

A Garlic Affair 53

Barn Swallows 61

Organic Certification and the United States Department of Agriculture 66

A Good Knife 71

In Praise of Herbs 76

Farm Dogs 86

Marriage of Body and Mind 93

It's a Long Road to a Tomato 97

The Price of Milk 103

The Hidden Cost of Farming 111

Winter Work 116

Growing Potatoes 123

Kuri Encounters a Porcupine 132

A Day at the Market 137

Brave New Vegetables 144

Putting it Back 151

The Driveway Rabbits 158

Sustainable vs. Organic-Who Loses? 164

Inner Sanctum-An Office with a View 170

A Reversal of Fortune 175

The Unweeded Garden 179

Farms on the Block 188

The Heart of Winter 195

On the Eve of War 203

A Man and His Tractor 205

The High Price of Milk 215

Working Man's Mesclun 222

Tiny Tim and His Bovine Harem 229

Farm Politic 237

Kuri-circa 1985 to 2003 246

Breakdown: Perils of the Truck-Farming Life 258

About Seeds 268

A Beaver before Breakfast 277

The Even Longer Road to a Tomato, or The Rain It Raineth Every Day (Midsummer 2009) 284

What Will Happen to the Land? 294

A Farm in Perpetuity 305

Epilogue 313

Appendix-Keith's Farm Bird List 317

Acknowledgments 319

About the Authors 323

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