The Inside Matters Most

By Jean Blish Siers *

WatermelonsI have a small scar on my neck where a very talented surgeon did a biopsy more than twenty years ago. She told me, drawing a line with a pen, “I’m going to cut right here because as you age, that line will just become a wrinkle anyway and the scar will be invisible.” That wasn’t a lot of comfort. Not only was I worried about my health (the ...

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If Food Waste Were a Country

By Jean Blish Siers *

“If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of CO2, after China and the United States. In our nation alone, we throw away 63 million tons of food a year, even as 40 million Americans are considered food insecure,” states a recent article in the Washington Post. It’s a dramatic opening to an article with an intriguing premise – ...

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The Luxury of Fresh Produce

By Jean Blish Siers *

I’m a sucker for certain types of Internet “click bait,” those headlines written solely to drive traffic to a page. I skip most (not all) videos of funny cats, but if I see a headline that says, “The 10 Things You Should Always Buy at Trader Joe’s,” I’m there! And of course the other day I clicked on, “The Items You Should Never Buy at Costco.”

There is a Costco near my house and I’m typically there ...

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Feeding Our Souls: Memories and Mayo

By Jean Blish Siers *

tomatoesA new gleaner joined our ranks this year, a delightful senior citizen named Gloria who heard about us from a friend and came to a strawberry gleaning early in the season. She’s been out almost once a week since, driving to far-flung fields in places she’s never been before.

On Saturday we were in Rowan County, about an hour north of Charlotte, where both Gloria and I live. She got ...

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Good things come in small (or oddly shaped) packages!

By Jean Blish Siers *

Small PeachLate on a Friday afternoon, about the time I assumed I could shut my computer down and start my weekend, my phone started ringing. First came a call from a farmer who had seven rows of peach trees that we could glean. The peaches were small – mostly too small to sell – and some had a bit of frost damage on the skin. While the scarring was ...

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Two Stark Conversations

By Jean Blish Siers *

Map of 10 hungriest states in the nation.Two conversations on Monday left me deeply troubled by our country’s priorities. First, a woman from Communities in Schools called. She serves one of the largest (and more affluent) high schools in Charlotte. But CIS works with those students who have fallen in some way through the social safety net. She had a student with diabetes and other chronic health issues. The ...

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