While building a strong local food system and improving the local economy are cornerstones of Monadnock Food Co-op’s mission, Equal Exchange (EE) takes a different, but nonetheless awe-inspiring, approach to supporting and empowering small growers — primarily in the tropical regions of our home planet (predominantly from the Equator north to the Tropic of Cancer […]
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We recently screened the Michael Pollan documentary “In Defense of Food” based on his bestselling book of the same title. Pollan distills his advice down to three simple tenets: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” Eat Food: simple, yet profound advice, particularly in today’s “food” landscape, dominated by industrial food producers and lots and […]
I vividly recall the dawn of my love for skin and beauty products. It was a Christmas long ago, perhaps I was 5 years old or so. The twinkling lights of the tree were glowing in the dark, early morning hours as we (my 2 younger brothers, mom, dad & I) sat around the living […]
I know I am not the only one who comes home from work at the end of the day and dreads the question “what’s for dinner?” I mean, seriously, I’ve just used a good portion of my brain power at work and now you want me to figure out a meal too? Over the years, I’ve tried various methods for coping with the dinner question – weekly menus, batch prepping, tantrums – to name a few.
Given this, I’ve been learning to love my slow cooker more.
There is no substance on this planet that I love so much as chocolate. There, I said it. I am not ashamed of this fact. The taste and smell of chocolate can ground me in an instant and satisfy those small (and sometimes not so small) cravings for a little something sweet, without overindulgence (mostly). […]
It is possible that I am jumping the gun here but, with the crisp mornings and smell of autumn in the air, I’ve begun to daydream about soup. I’ve tried to hold it off because, well, there will likely be PLENTY of time in the long New England winter for soup but, alas, this need […]
It’s August in New Hampshire, which means peak season for our growers. What better time to learn about local farmers and growers than during August when the crops are bountiful (it’s no accident that NH Eat Local month is in August!). The abundance flowing from our farms and backyard gardens can be overwhelming. What shall […]
It’s finally summer in New Hampshire! I don’t know about you, but I have been not-so-patiently awaiting the bounty of the local harvests, which have been slow to make their appearance due to a cool, wet spring and early summer. As much as possible, I shift my purchasing to support local farms during the growing […]
Spring is turning toward summer, even as I write. The sun is high in the sky and the temperatures are warming up, encouraging outdoor gathering and good cheer after a long, long, long (I think you get my point) winter. I find myself, once again, getting reacquainted with my grill and (occasionally) reaching for an […]
A friend recently told me about a conversation in which a man was lamenting the “fact” that the only organization currently watching for, verifying, and certifying foods to be free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is the Non-GMO Project. She was distraught by this because, while many of us are actively working toward securing the […]