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It's May and it's Vermont. The dribs and drabs of snow left over from Mother's Day have finally disappeared from everywhere but the highest elevations. It's time to get something, anything in the ground. It's still too early for beans and tomato starts will have to wait until Memorial Day. But there's one plant whose seeds almost blast off even in cold soil, and that plant is arugula. The English call it rocket, a perfect name for this cool-season salad green that grows at a rate approaching lightspeed. The plants are often ready to harvest as early as four weeks after seeding. If left to set flowers and seedpods, arugula will easily self-seed. It's unstoppable. Arugula may look like baby...
Iceberg lettuce has been slowly losing its grip on the national salad greens market for more than a decade while more flavorful, colorful and nutritionally dense salad greens have been growing in every way--and in every corner of the country, particularly in Vermont. Heather and Jared McDermott are perfect examples of the new salad grower. They own the Vermont Herb & Salad Company, producing a wide variety of salad greens and herbs on their Benson, Vermont, farm. Their business grew out of a passion for sustainable agriculture and good food. Area chefs have been keen on their products since the farm's beginning more than 10 years ago. The family-owned Price Chopper supermarket chain,...
In California, more than 6 million tons of food products are thrown away every year by farms, restaurants and supermarkets. Food shelters, on the other hand, do not have the supply to meet the ever-increasing demand. A recent examination by California Watch and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism took a close look at California’s food system to try to identify the reasons why these unwanted food products are not channelled to food banks and other organizations where donations are greatly needed. The examination concluded that many grocery stores are more likely to throw away food than to donate it to local food banks because of liability concerns. Often, stores will donate...