Artist and writer Charmaine Kinton is on pilgrimage through the U.S., eating exotic local foods and writing a young adult novel. She is also the booking agent for Seattle singer-songwriter, educator, and activist for social, economic, and environmental justice Mike Spine.
Written by Charmaine Kinton | December 05, 2012
The Land of Bog is a mysterious world of acidic, sandy peat soil and an abundance of water. Here live the cranberries: low-trailing vines with small evergreen leaves and tart, wine-colored berries. They are wise and venerable plants that theoretically can live forever; some cranberries on Cape Cod are more than 150 years old.
Local farmers produce cooking oil from sunflowers
Written by Charmaine Kinton | September 01, 2010
Many of our food plants have a rich and fascinating history, but few are as utterly loveable as the sunflower. These plants actually seem to have a personality and are often described as smiling faces or nodding heads. A field of them is a bit like a gathered crowd. Beautiful and artsy when in bloom, tastefully useful when gone to seed, and surrounded by an aura of cheerfulness and childlike playfulness—sunflowers are pretty easy to love.