A new edition of longtime farmer Keith Stewart’s deeply personal and highly acclaimed book on the hows and whys of running a small organic farm in 21st century America—updated with five new essays, a foreword by Deborah Madison, and gorgeous new woodcuts by Flavia Bacarella
Keith Stewart, already in his early forties and discontent with New York’s corporate grind, moved upstate and started a one-man organic farm in 1986. Today, having surmounted the seemingly endless challenges to succeeding as an organic farmer, Keith employs seven to eight seasonal interns and provides 100 varieties of fresh produce to the shoppers and chefs who flock twice weekly, May to December, to his stand at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan—the only place where his produce is sold. It’s a Long Road to a Tomato opens a window into the world of Keith’s Farm, with essays on Keith’s development as a farmer, the nuts and bolts of organic farming for an urban market, farm animals domestic and wild, and the political, social, and environmental issues relevant to agriculture today—and their impact on all of us.
Keith Stewart is a NOFA-NY certified organic vegetable grower in Westtown, New York, who has been selling to the NYC Union Square Greenmarket since it began. Keith’s garlic has been called “the most soulful garlic on earth” by Time Out New York. The New York Times said, “Keith’s farm grows garlic from another planet compared with the stuff in supermarkets.” He is the author of It’s a Long Road to a Tomato: Tales of an Organic Farmer Who Quit the Big City for the (Not So) Simple Life. His essays appear in The Valley Table, “the Hudson Valley’s only magazine devoted to regional farms, food, and cuisine.”read more
Reviews forIt’s a Long Road to a Tomato
Keith Stewart's It's a Long Road to a Tomato is an informative and entertaining look into the life of an organic farmer. Stewart describes how he decided to take up farming in his early 40's, the economics of running a small farm, selling his vegetables at a New York City market, and the various trials and tribulations of farming in the late 20th and early 21st century.I enjoyed Stewart's writing style. He is at once descriptive while economical with his prose - echoing his character as a farmer, I'm sure. Each chapter stands on its own as an individual essay, so the reader can pick up the book at any time to get a glimpse into farm life. Stewart doesn't romanticize farming, but he also acknowledges its special joys. There are several chapters on the politics and economics of farming, which are very enlightening to the non-farmer.read more
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