Monthly Archives: August 2010

Harmony Farm: Community-Supported Agriculture

Fifty families who live in and around Goshen, NY, come to Harmony Farm every Tuesday and Saturday to pick up boxes and bags of just-picked produce. This week, they’re getting exotic varieties of eggplant and peppers, fat heirloom tomatoes, green … Continue reading

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Tomato Pleasurefest!

Last Sunday, Nancy and Mark Mazur had a tasting of 14 varieties of tomatoes they grow in the Irvington community garden. My friend Renee Shamosh sent me this beautiful photograph of some of the tomatoes, labeled. The tomatoes that were … Continue reading

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It’s Spatinental

At Buster’s Café, one of my favorite restaurants, I’m always greeted warmly by the owner, Fidel Hernandez. I’m often there at 6:00 on Fridays — I have an hour in between Kehillat Romemu’s late afternoon band rehearsal and the rockin’ … Continue reading

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(Sub)Urban Farmers

I’m as corny as New York in August. I’m as normal as blueberry pie. So sing the urban farmers who tend organic community gardens just off Broadway in Irvington, NY. Yep. Corn is growing 37 minutes north of Grand Central … Continue reading

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Donkey See, Donkey Do

A few years ago I took a cutting from a friend’s sedum morganianum (donkey tail plant). It was cute and it grew fast, but boy did I grow to hate that thing. The fat, pointy-little leaves (what do you call … Continue reading

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A Garden of Great Music

Julius and go a concert and picnic at Caramoor at least once every summer, but last Saturday was special because my percussion teacher, Yousif Sheronick (left) and Japanese-American percussionist Keita Ogawa were performing at the jazz festival with Brazilian composer-vocalist-pianist … Continue reading

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In the 25 or so years I’ve known my brother-in-law, Phil Rabinowitz, principal of The Architectural Group, Paterson, NJ, he and his wife Bobbie have renovated three houses in Franklin Lakes. Renovated is not the right word. Completely transformed is … Continue reading

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Renee’s Happy Accident Peach Tree

Yesterday when I went down the road for a visit with my friend Renee, she offered me a slice of her luscious vegan peach cobbler. The peaches are from a tree at the end of her driveway. “I grew it … Continue reading

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All Decked Out

It’s more than an outdoor room, it’s an outdoor apartment. Eighteen years ago, after living for ten years each in an 18th Street studio and a Mercer Street one-bedroom loft, I found myself dreaming almost every night about houses and … Continue reading

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