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Herbs Take Center Stage

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Mild-flavored herbs deserve starring roles

Is there anything in the world of food more lonely and pathetic than a single spring of parsley sitting on top of a main dish? Before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of tabbouleh or pesto, that was pretty much the extent of our understanding of parsley.  Today, herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil have become important elements of our culinary culture. Just look at......read more

Windowsill Grow Box

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Grow culinary spices at home with this recycled steel windowsill garden $45.00

Here's a nice windowsill garden solution from Sprout that hits on every green note. Made of recycled steel, the Windowsill Grow Box comes complete with Japanese microgreens seeds including organic mustard greens, daikon radish and shungiku chrysanthemum. A bamboo lid doubles as the perfect fitting saucer. With a sunny window, a bit of water, and some love, this home gardening unit will deliver......read more

Growing Basil

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Wilder Quarterly dishes some wisdom on growing the world's most versatile herb

Whoever said that print is dead clearly hasn't picked up Wilder Quarterly, the Brooklyn-based journal filled with pages that star "half-green thumbs, rooftop gardeners, foodies and chefs, laymen hikers, landscape architects, hobby farmers, horticulturalists, nature’s innovators, amateurs, and experts." It's definitely on our shortlist for top magazines on the newsstand. The WQ blog delivers......read more

Save Water Soap

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All-natural soap with a refreshing grapefruit scent - and conservation message $8.50

There are limitless ways to conserve fresh water resources, but none are more fun than sharing the shower with that special someone. Save Water Soap promotes dual showering with a fun and friendly daily reminder to limit your water use. Made with all-natural ingredients including organic aloe vera, the bar delivers a sugary grapefruit fragrance that is likely to lead to more shared showers in the......read more

Youngs Farm Jam

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New-look web shop from Project No. 8 features fresh spreads from a Long Island farm $12.00

Project No. 8, the NYC brand behind the concept shop at the Ace Hotel, recently revamped its online shop and introduced new edibles like this array of delectable jams from Long Island's Youngs Farm. The 120-year-old orchard is revered among locals for its homemade pies, creates jams and preserves made from the same seasonal bounty. The selections include classic fruit jams like raspberry, peach......read more

Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Ginger Syrup from Morris Kitchen

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A fresh yet piquant spike for cocktails $15.00

NYC chef Tyler Morris stays busy on the side mixing up small-batch syrups alongside his sister, Kari. Morris Kitchen's first elixir is a simple blend of freshly juiced ginger and sugar, the perfect addition to summer cocktails on a steamy eve. The Ginger Syrup is handsomely bottled in an apothecary style amber glass jar with a letterpress-printed label, stamped with the bottling date. There are a......read more

Chikuno Cube

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Chemical-free, bamboo charcoal air freshener absorbs odors the natural way $27.50

Chikuno Cube is an air freshener made from bamboo charcoal and clay minerals. At 2 X 2", it may be tiny, but it's super powerful, with a micro-honeycomb structure that amplifies its surface area by hundred fold. Works ingeniously in refrigerators, closets and cars and can be re-used for up to 1 year just by exposing it to direct sunlight once a month. Dig the Japanese-style, gift-boxed packaging......read more

Patch Herb Planter

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Grow fresh organic food all year long with this affordable system for city dwellers $40.00

Thank you to Cool Hunting for alerting us to this sweet system for growing greens indoors. Created by Vancouver-based entrepreneur Kent Houston, Patch brings urban agriculture into living spaces with a self-watering system that makes growing easy. The flat-folding Tyvek planter relies on capillary action in an easy-to-install, perforated grid fed through a small reservoir (these pictures explain......read more

Farmer's Fridge: The Healthy, Organic Vending Machine

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Chicago vending machines hawk fresh salads instead of junk food

Joseph Erbentraut for the Huffington Post: CHICAGO -- When 27-year-old Luke Saunders told his former boss he was turning down a substantial raise and promotion to create a vending machine that would sell exclusively organic, restaurant-quality salads and snacks, he was met with looks of disbelief and confusion. "They still think I'm nuts," Saunders, the founder of Farmer's Fridge,......read more

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