Just two hours ago I hurried our phone call to a close. We were discussing a potential market opportunity for my farm’s produce. I quickly determined that Tiny Farm Duluth doesn’t have capacity for anything new right now, and while wading through the awkward, “How are you doing?” stage of the call, Mehgan offhandedly mentioned … More Who is crazy enough to do this?
In addition to pumping out microgreens, the heart of the business, I’m on a mission to produce the very best salad mix in Duluth and the surrounding area. I have every advantage. Being close to Lake Superior, temperatures generally remain moderate in summer. Also, my farm (more of a market garden really) is so small … More Mine is smaller than yours
The city needs surrounding rural areas just as a rubber tire requires a metal rim. Neither will truly thrive without the other. Living in the city, as I do, my wellbeing requires a regular inoculation of the country. And by country, I don’t just mean the land, although it certainly includes that. The people who … More Making America Great Again
Ninety dollars for a turkey. Are you kidding me??? When I agreed to take the extra bird off the farmer’s hands, I assumed it might cost about half that. At the time I was working for minimum wage as a part-time farmhand at the Food Farm, an organic farm located in Wrenshall. I traded nearly two days of … More Wrestling with a $90 turkey
In writing this column for the paper, I was stunned to discover that my earlier encounter with this family just might have altered the direction of my life. WOW. I really hadn’t thought of it until now. Check out my original story about Max Organics, Ben’s Blooms, and the origins of Duluth Trading Company right … More Raising entrepreneurs organically.
Setting up a website for my new urban farm was a total GONG SHOW! Anyhow, here it is: Tiny Farm Duluth (UPDATE – I’ve now merged everything over here to eddygilmore.com, so this post is out of date). Right now we’ve got prints available for sale, some information, a blog, and a podcast! My podcast is pretty … More The birth of Tiny Farm Duluth
I celebrated the first day of spring on my bicycle, delivering a dozen books to the Duluth Grill, and lingering a while. Later, after arriving home, I chuckled upon discovering the number one “news” story popping up on Yahoo. It covered (uncovered?) Brittney Spears’s christening of the new season by wearing a, “Teeny tiny yellow, string bikini.” … More Not your typical cookbook review
The process of redrawing life during midlife is absolutely confounding. Marriage, children, and mortgage, are responsibilities that hinder one’s appetite for risk. Perhaps that’s one reason why Millennials seem to capture all of the media’s attention with respect to cultural indicators and trends. Recently I was offered a part-time job working as a baker for … More A young man pursues his passion of baking sourdough in lieu of a PhD
Pure, unvarnished joy. Rosy red cheeks. Pearly white teeth. This photo, snapped from a neighbor’s iPhone, captures the evening and spirit of Cornucopia better than any I’ve seen. Hosting the event was like running with wild horses. Pictured above is Duluth’s Mayor, Don Ness, now in his final month of service. The lovely woman at his … More Reflections on a remarkable evening. Also, I have another book in the cooker!
My wife, Shawna Gilmore, just painted the back of Charlie Parr’s guitar. It’s the one you see here, which he has been touring the country with all summer and fall. I think she did a darn fine job. Here’s the finished product: Charlie’s instruments are essentially irreplaceable, so it’s amazing that he trusted her with … More Painting Charlie Parr’s Guitar, and Who the heck is Dave Hundrieser?