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Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmerby Tim Stark
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Situated beautifully at the intersection of Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Barbara Kingsolver, Heirloom is 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Fourteen years ago, Tim Stark was living in Brooklyn, working days as a management consultant, and writing unpublished short stories by night.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 of Gourmet magazine.
An eloquent tribute to the contemporary farming life describes the author's journey from Brooklyn government consultant and unsuccessful writer to an organic farmer whose Eckerton Hill Farm does hundreds of thousands of dollars of business raising chili peppers, microgreens, and heirloom tomatoes. 25,000 first printing.
Tim Stark is the proprietor of Eckerton Hill Farm in Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared on National Public Radio as well as in Gourmet, Condé Nast Traveler, Washington Post, Missouri Review, Alimentum, and Organic Gardening. Tim and his farm have been profiled on National Public Radio.
Table of Contents
A farm grows in Brooklyn — A brief history of farming at Eckerton — Tomato people — Once upon a sugarsnap — Harvesting the DMZ — The misunderstood habanero — Among the Mennonites — Truck patch — Groundhog days — Abu Groundhog revisited — Dead of winter — So you think you want to be a farmer?
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