Figs…In Indiana!

Figs are in season right now, but they are still hard to come by in Indiana. Unlike many other fruits, figs do not continue to ripen once harvested. That means they must be harvested when ripe (an uncommon practice in our global food economy). To further complicate...

Your Resilient Backyard

Fall has us busy on the farm this year. The truth is, I have never been much of a fall farmer. After the long, hot hours of summer work, I am usually ready to turn my attention elsewhere as we transition into winter. This year is different because I really need to...

Pesticides: Why You Need to Opt Out

“Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” —Dr. Jane Goodall Pollution in plants includes the toxic pesticides used in growing the...

2020 Make It Count Challenge

Link to corresponding Food Smarts Podcast episode. If you have been following me for a while, you know I am not a fan of diet challenges, detoxes, and the like.  The problem I have with diet challenges (even when they are sound nutrition advice— they often are...

Heartwarming Holiday

Hang in.  This starts with tragedy and ends with a truly heartwarming holiday story. 23 years ago, my husband and I lost our first daughter 24 weeks into my pregnancy.  Her name is Adele Maya Serrano. To say it was devastating is an understatement.  Besides some very...