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Shopping at a farmers' market is not an altruistic act

One of my farmers, Elizabeth Haarer of Wild Onion Farms, asked her customers to comment on this odd Washington Post story: For some growers, farmers markets just aren't what they used to be. They are "where true believers could make their weekly investment in the future of local and sustainable agriculture." Yet as the locavore fad passes, farmers are making less money at markets. At the DuPont Circle market, they brought in food trucks to attract millennials, but the millennials admire but don't buy or cook.

Despite this, the market manager says “Our goal is still to support local farmers.” 

Organic farmer Fred Miller at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market

Maybe that's the problem. It's not a

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Project: grow basil plants from bagged grocery-store basil

It's not too late to grow your own basil this summer, especially if you start with a bag of "living basil" from the grocery store.

I didn't get around to planting basil seeds in April or buying plants in early June this year. Last week, my local nursery only had leggy and parched basil plants. They did have packs of basil seeds for a whopping $3.95.

So I splurged on a bag of live basil in the produce section at the grocery store. What looked like one plant  turned out to be several plants with many long roots.

I trimmed eight healthy tips off the top and other eight from

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3 ways the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference changed my eating style

Last week, I heard a torrent of talks on how eating a plant-based diet makes you feel great and helps you avoid many "diseases of affluence": cancer, diabetes, stroke, and more. I'll share more lessons from the Plant-Based Prevention of Disease conference later, but thought you'd like to know how I started eating better because of it. I'm already eating a plant-based diet, but if I hadn't been, this conference would have convinced me to drop the animal foods and eat whole grains, vegetables, fruit, seeds, and nuts. If you don't want to go that far, rejoice! Many of the researchers said even small changes in diet or lifestyle can make a big difference.

1) Include more variety

Dr. Milton Mills and others praised a varied, plant-based diet diet because it helps

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Mothers' Day menu with all plant-based, homemade recipes

I love that Mothers' Day comes during strawberry season. Here's an update to the Mothers' Day menu I did years ago, now with all vegan recipes and make-ahead tips.

banana pancakes

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Cocoa lingo: the difference between natural and Dutch-processed, cocoa and cacao

Most products with "natural" on the label are trying to pull a fast one on you. "Natural" usually doesn't mean anything except "buy me, I'm green." But with cocoa powder it can make a big difference in your baked goods. To add to the confusion, you can now find cacao powder as well as cocoa powder in the store, both of which come from pods of Theobroma cacao trees. Read on for the scoop.

What is the difference between cacao powder and cocoa powder?

I use them interchangeably in recipes, but there is a difference. They both come from fermented, ground

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