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08/15/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Without baking powder, there would be no peach cobbler. Not a world I want to live in.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Without baking powder, there would be no peach cobbler. Not a world I want to live in.

In 1856 Eben Norton Horsford, the lord of Sylvester Manor, patented the first leavening to include calcium phosphate, and subsequently made a fortune marketing Rumsford Baking Powder, a combination of chemicals that did for baking what the washing machine did for laundering. (more…)

08/09/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO

Memory is a tricky thing.

I’ll never forget that afternoon on the beach, the setting sun, the waves breaking. Wait. Waves breaking? That must have been Montauk. (more…)

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07/28/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island.

On a quiet evening a few years after he moved to Shelter Island, Gary Gerth’s phone rang. The caller, who identified himself as Leon, had misdialed. This was in the days before apps, when people made a local phone call to a friend to find out the weather, but Leon got Gary instead, so Gary stuck his head out to check the cloud cover, came back to report, and 45 minutes of conversation later he asked Leon his last name.

“Uris.”

“Leon Uris? You wrote ‘Exodus!’”

“I know. I did!” (more…)

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07/21/17 4:30pm
Andrew Porzio started growing food in his backyard when he was a kid. He’s scaled up a bit.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Andrew Porzio started growing food in his backyard when he was a kid. He’s scaled up a bit.

When Andrew Porzio came to Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in the spring of 2016 as a farm apprentice, he’d already been growing food for a decade.

At 13, he walked into the backyard of his family’s home near Buffalo, picked a spot and started fencing it in with sticks. He was undeterred when his dad said his garden site was, “a little shady.” (more…)