Heirloom

Heirloom

Notes From An Accidental Tomato Farmer

Book - 2008
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Situated beautifully at the intersection of Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Barbara Kingsolver,Heirloomis an inspiring, elegiac, and gorgeously written memoir about rediscovering an older and still vital way of life. Fourteen years ago, Tim Stark was living in Brooklyn, working days as a management consultant, and writing unpublished short stories by night. One evening, chancing upon a Dumpster full of discarded lumber, he carried the lumber home and built a germination rack for thousands of heirloom tomato seedlings. His crop soon outgrew the brownstone in which it had sprouted, forcing him to cart the seedlings to his family's farm in Pennsylvania, where they were transplanted into the ground by hand. When favorable weather brought in a bumper crop, Tim hauled his unusual tomatoes to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket, at a time when the tomato was unanimously red. The rest is history. Today, Eckerton Hill Farm does a booming trade in heirloom tomatoes and obscure chile peppers. Tim's tomatoes are featured on the menus of New York City's most demanding chefs and have even made the cover ofGourmetmagazine.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767927062
Branch Call Number: ANF 635.642092 STA
Characteristics: 232 p. ; 22 cm

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Sep 01, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. The author has an engaging and descriptive writing style that made reading about his journey to become a tomato farmer in the New York area a pleasant read. If you are looking for a how-to book about growing tomatoes this is not for you. If you are looking to spend some time reading about the pitfalls and struggles of a small farmer then you will like this book.

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