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Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
 
 
Author
Tim Stark.
Publisher Broadway  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.95 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780767927062
Pages/Publication Date 232/2008
Daedalus Item Code 30051
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Fourteen years ago Tim Stark was working as a management consultant and writing short stories by night. Chancing upon some discarded lumber, he built a germination rack in his Brooklyn brownstone and planted heirloom tomato seedlings. When his crop outgrew his home he carted the seedlings to his family's farm in Pennsylvania, where favorable weather brought in a bumper crop. Stark hauled his rainbow of tomatoes to New York City's Union Square Greenmarket, at a time when the tomato was ubiquitously red, and they quickly attracted the attention of some of the city's top chefs. Sitting comfortably on the shelf with books by Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Barbara Kingsolver, Heirloom is an inspiring and wonderfully written memoir about rediscovering an older and still vital way of life.

"From Mennonite country to New York City, using a rusted Toyota pickup, he transported his first auspicious crop of Hill Billies, Tiger Toms and Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Lifters to the Union Square Greenmarket, becoming the unlikely purveyor ... to heirloom aficionados and Michelin-starred chefs. An amateur farmer with finite experience in organic farming and a rotating cast of weed-pulling hands, Stark takes on hornworms, groundhogs, cantankerous neighbors and Route I-78, producing cover-worthy tomatoes for Gourmet, Brooklyn-bound sugar snaps and chocolate habaneros for discriminating farmers' market cognoscenti. With his produce and dogged perseverance, Stark bridges the gap between New York's posh kitchens and the sun-drenched fields of the rural countryside, commenting along the way on buzzwords like organic, the effects of urban sprawl, and farming's changing landscape."Publishers Weekly

 
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