By now you know how we feel about New Year’s Resolutions (we don’t buy into them), but we really do want to eat smarter, better, and more sustainably in 2011 — and we think you should join us. So we asked our friend Denise Warren — who with her husband Tom, owns and operates Stone & Thistle Farm, an organic meat, poultry, and goat’s milk farm in the Catskills region of upstate New York — about her personal food goals (don’t say “resolutions”!) for the New Year. (Denise also writes about all aspects of family farm life on her blog Farm and Fable Musings; and Stone & Thistle offers overnight farm stays and restaurant-like suppers on weekends.) Here are her eight hard-core food, health, and environmental challenges for 2011:
1. Host a pantry swap in April so that ten years from now there won’t be ten-year-old pickled cauliflower in my canning cupboard.
2. Buy a milking cow so I don’t have to buy milk from the grocery store or bribe my family to drink goat’s milk.
3. Plant more exotic greens and edible flowers in the garden. More