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The reason peaches ripen in summer

The reason peaches ripen in summer

There’s a reason peaches ripen in summer. Winter is too cold to eat them outdoors, which is assuredly the best place to sample them when they’re slurpy ripe. Each bite dribbles down the chin and stains the shirt with sugar-laden syrup. Those suede-clad yellow and orange orbs are best sampled outdoors where a person can bend slightly forward, allowing the excess to drip on the ground, sweetening the day for ants and other creatures we would rather not invite into our…

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Idea: kids pick up lunch on the way to school

Idea: kids pick up lunch on the way to school

(Published in the Gettysburg Times, 10/18/2013) It’s nearly 7 a.m. The sun soon will come into view. Not long ago, I would sat on the back porch to read. Now I am glad the electronic paper on which I write has its own illumination. [pullquote]“Seven out of 10 people will live in a city by 2050,” Meaghan Parker, writer/editor at the Woodrow Wilson Center.[/pullquote] A school bus passes my home, right on time. It will stop in a hundred yards…

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Look what I found (and what I didn’t)

Look what I found (and what I didn’t)

Sometimes you just know something. You can’t prove it, but you know it’s true. Thus it was with a catbird (at least I think it’s a catbird) in our front yard. Somewhere in the shrubs is a nest. I know that because Mama bird flitters around and squawks and tries to convince me the nest is where it ain’t, so I’ll not detect where it is.

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 …

Consumers demand may be restoring an endangered species

Consumers demand may be restoring an endangered species

The 2011 Census of Agriculture by Statistics Canada reveals the past five years have seen a 10 percent reduction in the number of farms in our northern neighbor’s inventory. But the average farm size has increased by about seven percent. In one province, the number of farms is down 17 percent, while the average farm size is up 15 percent. A similar phenomenon has been taking place in U.S. agricultural areas. What’s up with that? Continue reading …

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.