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Sara Lipka
Sara Lipka
Sara Lipka is a journalist with a local food habit. Since 2003 she has written about college students for The Chronicle of Higher Education, in Washington, D.C. Last year she lived and worked on a farm in Virginia, and this year she is starting a school garden in Maryland.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 Years Later

How The Atlantic saw the tensest nuclear showdown of the Cold War Sara Lipka Oct 15, 2012

Stalking the Wild Morel

Foraging mushrooms has all the sport of hunting but none of the blood. Pride, however, can be wounded. The solution is to savor whatever you find. Sara Lipka May 18, 2010

Last Clucks: The Death of a Chicken

To appreciate your white meat and where it came from, all you need is a bird and a straight razor Sara Lipka Feb 25, 2010

Seed Catalogs: A Gardener's Muse

In winter, glossy shots of produce are as good as it gets—and what better inspiration for the seasons ahead? Sara Lipka Feb 8, 2010

Life in the City After Months in the Fields

At the end of the fall harvest, a rookie farmer reflects on how her time in the country changed her. Sara Lipka Dec 15, 2009

When Corn Tastes Like Mushrooms

Corn smut, a fungus, has an unexpected benefit: a surprisingly good flavor. But not everyone is sold. Sara Lipka Oct 26, 2009

Fruits and Vegetables Under Siege

Tomato blight made big news this summer, but farmers have plenty of other diseases to worry about. Sara Lipka Oct 2, 2009

Experimenting With Ice Cream

The author's ice cream maker turns the farm's bounty, from cantaloupe to sweet corn, into dessert. Sara Lipka Sep 11, 2009

Recipe: Cantaloupe Ice Cream

This recipe works best with a 1.5-quart electric ice-cream maker. Adjust the proportions to your equipment at your own risk! Sara Lipka Sep 11, 2009

On the Farm, Scaring Away the Bears

Most farm pests can be dealt with using one hand. But one 300-pound forager needs to be handled with care. Sara Lipka Aug 21, 2009

A Farmer's Dictionary

Want to impress at the farmers' market? Study this cheat sheet of farming terms, and you'll finally understand what makes a tomato "heirloom." Sara Lipka Aug 7, 2009

Secrets of the Farmers' Market

Now that she works on a farm, the author gets to see the market from a new perspective. Sara Lipka Jul 23, 2009

Recipe: Beet Ice Cream on Citrus Beet "Soil"

Beets aren't just for salads anymore. This playful dessert even looks fresh from the earth when placed on a citrus-flavored "soil". It was served as a dessert at Cafe Atlantico's Farmers' Market dinner on June 19, 2009. Sara Lipka Jul 23, 2009

When Rain Falls on Cherry Season

This spring's record rainfall ruined one farm's cherries and threatened its tomatoes and onions. Sara Lipka Jul 14, 2009

The Joy of Farm-Fresh Cooking

Working on a farm lets the author try vegetables fresh from the ground, then add them to snacks and dishes. Sara Lipka Jul 3, 2009

Recipe: Lamb-Stuffed Escarole

This dish was modified from a recipe by Ian Knauer in the April 2008 issue of Gourmet. Sara Lipka Jul 3, 2009

Recipe: Spicy Peanut Sauce

I sauteed snap peas whole, with one package of wild rice tempeh, in a little sesame oil. Then I poured the sauce over them, simmered on low heat for another minute, and served over quinoa. Sara Lipka Jul 3, 2009

Fresh Food: A New Farmer's Reward

In her second week on the farm, the author tastes the benefits of the hard work that goes into growing food. Sara Lipka Jun 22, 2009

Getting to Know the Farm

During her first week on the farm, the author marvels at asparagus, peas, and a plant she meets for the first time: the scape. Despite rain, poison ivy, and ticks, she finds herself relishing farm life for the opportunity it gives her to enjoy fresh food and reflect on the puzzles of agriculture. Sara Lipka Jun 11, 2009

From Cubicle to Farmer's Field

After months of dreaming about corn fields and ruminating on the agricultural skills humans have lost over time, the author decides to abandon her city life for a job on a farm. Here, she describes how the came to the decision--and how her parents reacted when she told them the news. Sara Lipka Jun 2, 2009 More Stories
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