· Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer æ Download by ☆ Tim Stark my friend tim wrote this bookits amazing if you ve ever visited me, or even not, you ve heard me talk about his tomatoesits not just about farming, this is an amazing book.
Best thing I can say about this book is that the cover is lovely.
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Way Of LifeFourteen Years Ago, Tim Stark Was Living In Brooklyn, Working Days As A Management Consultant, And Writing Unpublished Short Stories By Night One Evening, Chancing Upon A Dumpster Full Of Discarded Lumber, He Carried The Lumber Home And Built A Germination Rack For Thousands Of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 Start at the cover and gaze with wonder at the perfect globes of fruit, in all colors of the natural world Stark s work to reinvent heritage seed is incredible especially as he had no idea what he was doing at first And then to build relationships with Manhattan chefs and other growers to create a larger heritage agriculture community is amazing He works so so hard Wish I could taste his tomatoes.
I was interested to read this book after I heard about Mr Stark on NPR It was an easy read that I mostly enjoyed, but he goes into long stories about other farmers and how they came to be, which wasn t that engaging to me I would often skip several pages to get back to the story of Mr Stark and his farm Also, if you are like me and don t know much about the culinary scene in New York City, it can get dry during those stories as well.
This is a good book Nice story, seems like a crafty and resourceful guyThat was my partial review before the weekend I finished the book over the weekend and it turned out to be an excellent read The stories range from good to really good, but they are all seemingly tied together in the end when he really starts to get into the issue of farmland that seems to be disappearing by the day i think the revelation of this book, is when he says that you don t see people knocking down homes to build farms he also mentions that many of the would be small farms are so expensive now that they really can t be farmed and still make any profit what so ever Sad really what things are coming to.
I heard a review of this book on NPR and, as someone who has sometimes daydreamed about becoming something like an accidental tomato farmer myself, decided it would be a good book for me to read It had its moments, but overall was pretty disappointing.
Alright Quick read.
Heirloom is perhaps best served in the hands of obsessed foodies who crave behind the scenes tours of small organic farms, beyond what Food Wine magazine teases For gardeners, Heirloom is welcome and amusing company of crazy Without pretense or rehearsed narrative, Stark recounts his humble initiations into organic farming and supplying top chefs in NYC , knowing very little about it, other than what his obsessions demand His misadventures amuse It s not perfect writing, yet it is exactly those imperfections that endear this find Detours from the narrative will surprise and delight Unexpected passages include how Mennonite neighbors coach Stark in farming, auction etiquette and small engine repair The last paragraph in that chapter is especially moving And vignettes give depth and color to an unlikely cast of characters who help Stark plant, pick, sell and save his crops Best of all, Stark unearths a family history that gives context and perhaps motivation to his madness While it is all true, it reads like fiction, a story that you ll surely recommend and remember A fantastic late summer read and welcome winter remedy for gardening foody obsessives that crave the first signs of Spring.