Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer

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Broadway Books, 2008 - Gardening - 232 pages
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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 life.

Fourteen years ago, Tim Stark was living in Brooklyn, working days as a management consultant, and writing unpublished short stories by night.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.

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User Review  - mamalaoshi - LibraryThing

Tim Stark is living my dream. For the last year, my husband and I have been throwing around the idea of getting a little farm- blueberries though because as much as I love, love, love tomatoes, my ... Read full review

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User Review  - tracyfox - LibraryThing

Heirloom is a series of recollections from tomato grower to the stars, Tim Stark. It moves back and forth between his struggling farm on the family homestead in rural Pennsylvania and the bustling ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

TIM STARK is the owner and proprietor of Eckerton Hill Farm in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, an organic farm. His essays have appeared in Gourmet, Alimentum, and Organic Gardening, and he and his farm have been profiled on National Public Radio.

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