Cooking and eating

Epicurious is useful, but Chow, Serious Eats, and Culinate are much more fun.

Local and sustainable eating

Sustainable Table has a great introduction to the issues.

Find out what’s in season in your state, month by month, with the National Resources Defense Council’s Eat Local tool.

See Eat Wild for information on grass-fed meat and dairy products.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch database helps you make healthful and ecologically sound choices.

Find farmers’ markets and CSAs near you at Local Harvest.

In the Boston area

Boston Localvores has comprehensive lists of meat and vegetable CSAs, farmers’ markets, and where to find all kinds of local products (even beer!).  Farmfresh.org is similarly handy.

These are my personal favorites:

Busa Farm in Lexington runs a terrific CSA that allows you to use your “Busa Bucks” to choose your own vegetables at their farmstand or — even better — pick them yourself.  They grow fabulous heirloom tomatoes, the sweetest corn, and all manner of interesting eggplants and squashes.

Wilson Farms, also in Lexington, grows a ton of vegetables and raises their own chickens.  They often have fun events for kids, notably a spooky hayride in the fall that our kids never tire of.

Chestnut Farms in western Mass. sells grass-fed meat and some poultry at several Boston area farmers’ markets, and runs a CSA as well (though there is a wait-list).

Shaw Farm in Dracut makes the best milk I’ve ever tasted.  Also:  ice cream!  They offer home delivery, if you live near them.

Speaking of ice cream, Richardson’s is my all time favorite.  Their frozen yogurt is great, too.  They have an ice cream stand/dairy farm in Middleton.

For apple picking with toddlers and preschoolers, Shelburne Farm in Stow is the very best.  The apples are not organic (for organic, go here), but the bounce house, ride-on tractors, hay maze, and friendly, feedable goats make for a fun day.

For families with food allergies

Parents of Food Allergic Kids is the best resource I’ve found, with an extensive recipe archive and busy message boards.

GoDairyFree.org has hundreds of recipes, many of which are also egg-, wheat-, and soy-free (and labelled as such in the index).  They review dairy-free products and offer suggestions for how to make substitutions in cooking.

Madhuram’s Eggless Cooking has well-tested recipes, plus excellent tips for replacing eggs in baking.

Wheat-free.org has a helpful list of alternative flours and grains and their uses, as well as product reviews.

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