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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...