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Book Review: 'Your Farm In the City: An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals'

Book Review
Title: "Your Farm In the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals"
Author: Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2011; 336 pages; $18.95

I love very few everyday experiences more than a farmers market. There’s something about the mix of strolling leisurely, but with a tad bit of purpose, in the outdoors; multisensory shopping with nose and hands and mouth in what I see as the rustic way — with cash, not cards; chatting with vendors about their berries; meeting new friends and running into old ones; and the ultimate finale of lounging on the grass or under an umbrella and getting full on five berries and a few leaves (conveniently forgetting all the samples tasted in the last hour).

That everything is organic allows me to suspend my city-girl ways of washing every bite of food within an inch of its life, scrutinizing every label, and Googling ingredients to suss out any lurking trans fats, unnatural dyes or preservatives before I allow anyone to take a bite. Despite my intensely calendared life, I’ve been known to drop everything for an impromptu turn or two through the farmers market at one of the lakes near my home.