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March 13, 2014

From The Farm: Learning to love local produce


Similarly, the idea of reinvention is important to me because, truth be told, sometimes cooking is no fun —especially if you feel like you stink at it. It can be a chore just like sweeping the floor or going for a run — I’d rather take a hot shower and a nap.

But choosing to cook often leaves me feeling good and happy that I contributed the time to the task, even when I don’t feel like making dinner. I may tend to prioritize cooking over most things, but the ability to reinvent produce that I've seen before inspires me to make the next meal and the next after that.

It is like a gustatory runner’s high.

Hopefully my experiences taking food from the farm to my table will help inspire you to do the same.

Abra Berens is a farmer and chef who specializes in Midwestern food. She splits her time between the farm she co-owns, Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, and Chicago where she works as a chef. For more information about Berens and her farm go to


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