Foodf for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Stein to Leson: Fig-geddaboudit!

I won't even go near a Fig Newton, but Nancy loves them so much she even makes her own as seen in the second picture above.  

I'd always thought that other than my ex's potted Ficus, figs only grew in the Middle East. Who knew that a-figianados of the fruit were cultivating them right here in the Pacific Northwest.  Everyone, apparently, but me.

In this week's Food for Thought, Nancy tells of Seattle's  Fig King, Bill Farhat, who, on a quarter-acre behind his Seattle home, is growing 35 fig trees plus loquats and Persian plums. She's got video, too.  

For those growing more fruit than they can use, Nancy suggests cityfruit.org.  They'll pick up your excess produce and donate it to food banks.  And for information on everything fig, try figs4fun.com.

"I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side."

– Saul Bellow

Nancy tells about a Seattle urban fig farmer.