Synopses & Reviews
Twenty years ago, just beyond his 40th birthday, Keith Stewart exchanged life in New York's corporate grind for a farm in Orange County, NY, where he and a small crew of seasonal workers grow about 100 organic vegetables and herbs. What started as a yearning--to live on a piece of land, closer to nature; to work outside with my body as well as my brain; to leave behind the world of briefcases, computers, corporate clients, and non-opening windows--has become a life more full, more varied and often more demanding and exhausting, but always more real. Stewart sells everything he grows directly to consumers and restaurateurs, and in doing so has developed loyal and growing ranks devoted to his Rocambole garlic, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and other organic produce. Now, in It's a Long Road to a Tomato, Stewart presents interlocking, complementary essays, addressing his mid-life development as a farmer; some of the nuts and bolts and how-to's of organic vegetable growing and selling in an urban market; humorous and philosophical stories about domestic and wild farm animals and the natural world; and some of the political, social, and environmental issues surrounding agriculture today and why it matters to all of us.
A New York organic farmer presents addresses his mid-life development as a farmer; some of the nuts and bolts and how-to's of organic vegetable growing and selling in an urban market; and some of the political, social, and environmental issues surrounding agriculture today.
Starting as a one-man operation, short on experience and with modest expectations, Keith Stewart soon found that life on an upstate farm, despite its numerous challenges, suited him better than the New York corporate grind. Today he has a crew of up to eight seasonal workers and grows about 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs. What began as a yearning to live closer to nature and to work outside with his body, as well as his brain, soon became a life more full, more varied, often more demanding and exhausting, but always more real. Now, in It's a Long Road to a Tomato, Stewart presents interlocking essays addressing his midlife development as a farmer, along with some of the how-tos of organic vegetable growing and selling in an urban market. Stewart includes humorous and philosophical stories about domestic and wild farm animals, as well as insights into the political, social, and environmental issues surrounding agriculture today and why they matter to all of us.
A new edition of longtime farmer Keith Stewarts 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 Yorks 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. Its a Long Road to a Tomato opens a window into the world of Keiths Farm, with essays on Keiths 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.
About the Author
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.”