More Than a Spark of a Good Idea!

By Jean Blish Siers *

William Shakespeare wrote, What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And yet, when we refer to perfectly edible food as “ugly produce” or “salvage,” it denigrates something that deserves a great deal more respect. That’s why a recent story in The Washington Post caught my eye: Baldor, a company that provides produce and other products to restaurants, hospitals, ...

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Strawberry Fields . . . in Season

By Jean Blish Siers *

At the grocery store yesterday, I heard a very frustrated woman approach an employee and say, “Don’t you have any strawberries?” Her cart already held plump red peppers and robotic tomatoes. This was the first week of February in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m hoping for my first juicy strawberry in April, and will probably wait until June or July for tomatoes and peppers. But the stocker told her, “Oh, yes. We have plenty,” and pointed her ...

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Lucky Number 13?

By Jean Blish Siers *
Lucky 13For the past year, I’ve been trying to learn Italian (because it’s a beautiful language and I love the food and the people, and I think and hope it will keep my brain young!) It’s slow going, but every now and then I actually understand a phrase or two in a movie or conversation. I call it progress and keep plugging along.

Learning another language involves learning more ...

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The “Not So Sweet” Side of Sugar

By Jean Blish Siers *

Coke BottleOne of the more popular stories in the New York Times this past weekend was David Leonhardt’s  “A Month Without Sugar.”  In it, the columnist challenges us to spend 30 days with no added sugars in our diet, and offers a fun, interactive quiz to see where sugars might be hidden in our daily menus. That means the sugars naturally occurring in fruits and dairy, for instance, are ...

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No Small Potatoes

By Jean Blish Siers *

Potatoes from Walther FarmIn the gleaning world, once November comes, the produce supply can become pretty thin. This year was particularly rough in the Charlotte area where I work. A hot and exceptionally dry summer meant we missed a lot of the corn we typically harvest. The crops were simply too sparse for the farmers to have spares. The heat lasted into the fall and destroyed our most dependable late ...

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One Week: Pumpkins, Muscadines, and Blackberries

By Jean Blish Siers *
Volunteers with PumpkinsI love the week after Halloween, when we at Society of St. Andrew get to save those pumpkins that didn’t end up as decorations. It breaks my heart each year when I see perfectly good, perfectly edible pumpkins plopped into garbage cans the day after Halloween, discarded like unloved candy or Christmas trees with no needles. But, ironically, those that didn’t get chosen as displays can ...

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