So—What’s the Difference Between Pumpkin & Squash?

What’s in a name? When it comes to pumpkins, not much.
The word pumpkin probably makes you think of a large, round orange specimen ready for carving, but any hard-skinned squash could be called a pumpkin—there’s no botanical distinction tha…

What's in a name? When it comes to pumpkins, not much.

The word pumpkin probably makes you think of a large, round orange specimen ready for carving, but any hard-skinned squash could be called a pumpkin—there’s no botanical distinction that makes a pumpkin a pumpkin

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Your Handy Summer Fruits Guide

I don’t know about you, but the past two months (is it three now?) have passed by in a blur. Some days seem to stretch on for weeks, other weeks collapse to blips.

It’s hard to feel or believe in summer’s impending arrival, though the signs around me …

I don’t know about you, but the past two months (is it three now?) have passed by in a blur. Some days seem to stretch on for weeks, other weeks collapse to blips.

It's hard to feel or believe in summer's impending arrival, though the signs around me suggest otherwise. Longer days. Slowly, more green (last week, sorrel; this week, pea shoots) in my CSA box. Seeds that are no longer seedlings but now full-fledged plants. What's helping me play catchup with my surroundings? Nigel Slater’s Ripe (2012).

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The ABCs of Good Food: A Is for Access

What’s the difference between cage-free, pastured, and humane eggs? And why do they cost eight dollars at the farmers’ market, but a dollar at the supermarket? What does “organic” really mean? The ABCs of Good Food will attempt to answer these question…

What's the difference between cage-free, pastured, and humane eggs? And why do they cost eight dollars at the farmers' market, but a dollar at the supermarket? What does "organic" really mean? The ABCs of Good Food will attempt to answer these questions—and ask some new ones—one letter at a time.


What Is Food Access?

Access to food refers to our ability to source good, quality food—food that's filling and adequate for our individual needs. For many, this means it's fresh and minimally processed, and good for the community and planet.

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The Difference Between Pepitas & Pumpkin Seeds

What are pepitas, really? And are they any different from regular ol’ pumpkin seeds? Food writer Ali Slagle finds out.
I had this (not brilliant at all) idea to try to shell the pumpkin seeds that were being excavated from our many, many carved pumpkin…

What are pepitas, really? And are they any different from regular ol' pumpkin seeds? Food writer Ali Slagle finds out.

I had this (not brilliant at all) idea to try to shell the pumpkin seeds that were being excavated from our many, many carved pumpkins around the office—the thinking being that hulling the seeds would produce something more workable and multipurpose, namely pepitas (“little seed of squash” in Spanish). Because pepitas are shelled pumpkin seeds, right?

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