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Intrepid Urban Farmer: Lightning and lightning bug aside, we get down to basics — there is the tomato

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune As you may remember when we met here before, I had received my annual embarrassment of seed catalogues. And, instead of getting down to business and making considered choices of what plants I would be stewarding to their glorious rewards, I got mired down in the silly side-track of eccentric, amusing and just plain weird plant names. There is enough to consider...

Chef John Foster: Aw, pumpkins already; seasons wane but summer’s vegetable variety will be missed

I saw my first pumpkin of the season in a neighbor’s front yard and the realization hit me that fall is coming. One of my farmers delivered an order to me this weekend with the warning that they would probably not have any more squash and zucchini this season. Sitting out on my porch this morning at 5 a.m. you could hear the clock tick, and the wheel slowly turn. Into one season and out of...

Chef John Foster: Now serving local tomatoes, remarkably, and they are full of flavor and texture

It never ceases to amaze me when every spring for several years now, I’m serving local tomatoes in the same week that I’m planting tomatoes in my garden. Remarkable really when you think about how long our growing seasons have stretched, even in the last few years. While these tomatoes are not as full and ripe as the ones in July and August, they are a burst of color and a flavorful addition...

Chef Foster: Rest assured seasonal diners, summer vegetables are right around the corner

It’s been a frustrating spring. The stop and go weather has wrought havoc on local crops, disrupting the asparagus production, slowing beans and peas and in some cases wiping out fields of strawberries for the season. The amount and intensity of the rain and the yo-yo temperatures have forced farmer and chef alike to scramble, filling the void of spring vegetables with the last of the winter crops....

‘Team Tomato’ researchers looking at ways
to rid popular produce of contamination risk

Tomatoes grown in Franklin County (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward contributor   There’s good news and not-so-good news about tomatoes, one the most sought-after items in America’s produce aisles and farmers markets.   The good news, according to Elaine Magee, a registered dietician who writes for the website WebMD, is that tomatoes are healthy. The...