The San Juans are GMO-free. Is Washington next?

Late last year I was at Ballard’s Hotcakes Confectionery buying cookies and coffee when I noticed a sign-up sheet on the counter. Typically I ignore…

Legalizing baking: What’s the hold-up with Washington’s Cottage Law?

Several years ago a friend held a holiday sale at her house showcasing local artists, crafters, and DIYers. We gathered and set up ‘shop’ around…

Storefront mushroom farm opens in Pioneer Square

Urban agriculture is an accepted phrase in the cosmopolitan lexicon of Seattle, where backyards and parking strips abound with zucchini and lettuces, but what is…

Winter eating: beyond kale sandwiches

I was recently invited to a dinner in the mezzanine of City Hall to speak about what I see as a long-term vision for a…

Best of 2011: Farmers to Monsanto: Save our seeds

Editor's Note: In the run-up to the new year, Crosscut is sharing ten days of its best stories from 2011, each with a different theme. Today…

Cranberry preserves with a twist

I come from a cranberry-friendly family. As a kid, my mom announced the arrival of Thanksgiving by baking cranberry muffins. In the weeks leading up…

The hidden savings in organic meat

Last week, my friend John and I went on a hunt for the perfect steak to impress his dinner date. We headed to Rain Shadow…

The rise of the farm-cation

Several years ago I visited Croatia to meet extended family and cousins for the first time. Eager for their company, but craving my own space…

You say basil, I say arugula

On an evening walk with a friend around Capitol Hill last night, I happened upon a vegetable garden overburdened with chard leaves and purple kale —…

Farmers to Monsanto: Save our seeds

Lazy R Ranch sits just outside of Spokane and raises grass fed and grass-finished beef, as they have since 1937. This fourth-generation family farm is…