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Real cheese (mostly) ain’t yellow

Real cheese (mostly) ain’t yellow

Mystification surrounds the identification of the person who came up with the idea cheese would be prettier yellow, but it wasn’t someone who lived on a farm. In it’s natural state, cheese is white – or bleu, as in bleu cheese, which is laced with mold.

At last, I’ve found my milk

At last, I’ve found my milk

I like raw milk. I will die one day, I am told, but I think I would not blame the milk. On the other hand, it could be dangerous when carried in the handlebar basket of a teenager’s bicycle. We picked up two gallons of milk every other day from a nearby dairy farm. One day, as I coasted down Norton Hill on the way home, I met a car speeding the other way, enough on my side I was…

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Buy fresh, buy healthy, buy local

Buy fresh, buy healthy, buy local

(First published in the Gettysburg Times, 5/17/2013) I was visiting the other day when someone acknowledged the strawberries tasted good, but suggested washing them with vinegar to ensure that if there was any insecticide on the berries, its “-cide” was rendered harmless. There was a time when washing one’s food meant using water to remove the garden dirt. Vinegar was for making pickles and sauerkraut. Mom took the four of us kids to the Pick Your Own strawberry fields, where…

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The hidden cost of food

The hidden cost of food

Men and women are picking tomatoes to earn 50 cents for each 32-pound bucket, $50  to hand pick more than two tons of tomatoes in a 12-hour day. Of course,  cheaper isn’t always better. The idea leaves thousands of farm hands needing taxpayer support for food stamps and medical care because their wages will not cover the expense. For one more penny a pound, the person who picked it can see a doubling of her wage, but it’s hard convincing…

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Limiting soft drinks to 16-ounces is a gimmick, not a solution

Limiting soft drinks to 16-ounces is a gimmick, not a solution

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week proposed soft drink sales be limited to 16-ounce containers. Indeed! I don’t even like soda much, and I’ll accept that being overweight is less healthy than being at an ideal weight – whatever that is. But there are better ways of fighting obesity than insulting us overweight folks and limiting the size drink we can buy. Continue reading …

Lucky find in a town beside the interstate

Lucky find in a town beside the interstate

I didn’t know there was a Boonsboro, Md., until Granddaughter had a soccer game there. (I think her team came very close to winning.) All that running around made several of us hungry, so we headed into town to see what was available, preferably not something with a name we’d recognize. We like to experiment with local places, and we found one, right there on North Main Street – the Icing Bakery and Café. I had a bowl of chicken…

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Adams County farm markets season open

Adams County farm markets season open

Wednesday was opening day for the Adams County Farmers Market Association. Nearly a dozen vendors, representing growers from around the county, set up their tents at the Gettysburg Rec Park. There is nothing tastier than fresh stuff on the dinner table. Place two dishes of lettuce on the table, one from the grocery store plastic bag produce section and one from the farm market, then chomp into a sample from each.