Feeling the summer heat? Cool down with a refreshing glass of sparkling water mixed with some Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub. Shrubs—concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar, and vinegar—are resurging in popularity. Typically added to water or spirits, they’re turning up at trendy bars in creative cocktails as well as interesting non-alcoholic alternatives. Shrubs were first popular in England in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was a common way to preserve fruits before refrigeration. The term "shrub" is a variant of the word "shurb" from the Arabic word "sharāb" which means "to drink." Early colonists brought the beverage to America, to places like City Tavern in Philadelphia, where Tait Farm Raspberry Shrub offers a sip of history on its Colonial drinks menu.
One of summer’s great joys is celebrating the earth’s bounty by going to a farmers’ market. Purchasing seasonal produce directly from the hand that planted and tended that asparagus spear, strawberry, or tomato offers a visceral connection to the land.
Taste of Talbot County, Maryland Story by Katie DeTar Talbot County, Maryland, boasts the most shoreline of any county in the USA—600 miles! The land curves in, out, and around the Chesapeake Bay, offering photogenic scenes in practically every direction. The area bursts with abundant boating and watersport opportunities, friendly
Palm Springs: Date Capital USA Story by Renee Sklarew America’s date capital can’t even claim the fruit as native. Palm Springs, California is home to a sunny oasis known as the Coachella Valley. Here, 80-foot tall palm trees cover more than 6,500 acres and yield a prized fruit that earns the
“Find” Dining: Learn to Forage with Expert Guides Story by Ginger Warder Be Safe! Never eat wild plants without the guidance of a local expert, such as those found at the Native Plant Society Forget farm-to-table dining and take a learning leap into field and forest-to-table dining. Foraging—a
Fairytales are responsible for the word “pumpkin,” which first appeared in print in the 17th century. Pumpkins served as a magical coach in nursery rhyme long before becoming a symbol for the month of October. Today, foodies enjoy pumpkins’ ability to grow in the garden, add delicious flavor to a wide range of foods, plus stand as seasonal décor from Halloween through Thanksgiving.
Louisiana is known as a destination for hunting and fishing excursions—the state’s license plates even read “Sportsman’s Paradise.” With access to the Gulf of Mexico, bayous, rivers and estuaries, Louisiana supports a wide variety of fish for sportsmen to pursue. Yet while many folks love to go fishing and eat seafood, most aren’t interested in the cleaning and cooking chores that are part of a great fish dinner.
Wherever you live, autumn is a glorious time to take a road trip into the country to witness harvest in America’s farming communities, the culmination of so many months of hard work and investment. That’s especially the case on a small farm in upstate New York. But despite all of that hard work, the yield in this little field of corn will be about four bushels per acre. Compare that to the national average of more than 200 bushels per acre of corn.
Hotsauce.com has more than 50 categories and features over 120 brands of hot sauce from around the globe. While hot sauce has become a major food category and a condiment almost as essential as ketchup these days, it wasn't always that way. There was a time when spicy food in America was credited to the Cajuns of South Louisiana, and Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce was the leader among pepperheads.
If you know only one thing about the food that comes out of Berkeley, California, just across the bay from San Francisco, you probably know about Chez Panisse. There, Alice Waters opened her iconic restaurant in 1971 and, effectively, introduced farm-to-table dining to middle-class America. Thousands upon thousands of diners still make a pilgrimage to Chez Panisse every year to dine at the altar of the slow food movement.