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Alright, I’m off topic. The picture is of me — with peek at my husband, Tommy— relaxing under a waterfall in Grenada. It’s the kind of vacation I’m craving right now, even during this fabulous fall. Probably that’s because I’m still recovering from producing the Harvest Festival for the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge— 15,000 attendees with a farmers market, plenty of local food and fall fun, all to benefit the Garden’s educational programs. (And thanks to Devi Sharp, who managed the garbage, the festival is getting closer to a zero waste event. Now that’s dumpster diving!) 

October 23, Talk about Local Food and the Environment
Come join me in North Andover, MA at Merrimack College in Cascia Hall, 6-8 pm. I’ll be speaking with students and food service staff about The Locavore Way.

October 24, Keep Farming Kick Off
Keep Berkshires Farming initiative in the central Berkshires. 7:00-8:30pm at Pittsfield’s public library – Berkshire Athanaeum auditorium (1 Wendell Ave). Come participate in and listen to this county-wide effort to support local farming.

October 27-27, Communal Table Goes Mushroom Foraging and more….
A weekend-long event. See link for more: Mushroom and Moonshine Redux in Columbia county, New York.

College Grads Digging into Agriculture
With the aging farmer population it’s always great to hear about kids turning to agriculture. Link here.

Local Food Improvisation I enjoyed this week?
Left over whole wheat spaghetti, Asian-style with spinach and tomatoes. Saute up the last of the spinach and cherry tomatoes a touch of oil, garlic and ginger, just until spinach is wilted. Toss over pasta with a splash of soy, mirin, rice wine vinegar, hot sauce and a touch of sesame oil. (Add left over chicken if you have it.) Salt to taste if needed. Eat!

Butternut Cranberry Squares anyone?
I introduced this into school lunches. If you’re going to eat sweet, it might as well be real food right from our farms!  Link here.


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