Multimedia features For an audio slideshow about this story, click on the box at right. See a photo gallery here, click here for videos of local dancers in action. Click the image above to view a slideshow by Jonathan Welch. Music provided by local salsa band Nuevo Montuno, with a song titled “Siembra”. From spicy […]

The Dirt: Salad days

Driving south of Providence, R.I., on Route 4 about 20 years ago, I used to see an old house that had a large cold frame installed on its south side, facing the highway. After about three winters of seeing it in use, I finally decided I just had to check it out. So I asked […]

The Dirt: The corn diaries, part 2

Click the image above to view a slideshow by Margaret V. Williams and Jason Sandford. Desire often invites tragedy. This one began as a craving for my grandmother’s creamed corn. I explored seed catalogs, fantasizing about every variety, and finally picked two sweet ones: ‘Ira Hooker’s’ (multicolored and early) and ‘Golden Bantam’ (one of the […]

The Dirt: The Corn Diaries, part 1

Mid-February I crave homegrown corn. Creamy, rich, scraped-corn kernels baked with butter, salt and pepper, just like my grandma used to make. The corn was so rich and fresh she didn’t need to add milk or cream. But I look outside and see my field snowed under. Corn revels in warmth, and my mountainside ground […]