| Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer
by Tim Stark
Format: Trade Paper, 230 pages - Hard Cover, 232 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pub. Date: July 15, 2008
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 1.8 pounds
Publisher's Note: 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.
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management consultant, and writing unpublished short stories by night.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