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"Keith’s writing reads with the force and love of nature’s elements—strong, refreshing, beautiful, and true. It’s as fresh as his delicious carrots, and as poignant as his incomparable garlic!"
—Leslie McEachern, owner of the Angelica Kitchen, New York City
"Keith Stewart has been providing New Yorkers with magnificent vegetables for two decades. Now, as if to prove he can do anything, he provides all Americans with a compelling story about his own approach to farming. And at precisely the right moment, just as millions of people across the country are rediscovering the pleasure, and the importance, of eating close to home."
—Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home and The End of Nature
"To combat urban crowding, copies of It’s a Long Road to a Tomato should be airlifted into major cities. The captivating charm of organic farming, so deliciously described in Keith Stewart’s essays, would surely have hordes of city dwellers packing their bags. Stewart’s stories transport me into the precious and full life of an organic farmer. I more than appreciate it; I now feel part of it."
—Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception
"Keith Stewart opens this engaging book by transforming himself abruptly from midlife executive into novice organic farmer. The twenty years that follow on an upstate New York farm are sampled here in true-life tales that—without denying the sometimes harsh realities of the small producer’s life—leave the reader in no doubt of the joys that keep this small farmer on the land."
—Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life
"Ever dreamed of living on a farm or growing your own food? Here’s the clearest picture of what farm life really looks like. The romance of a pastoral life isn’t shattered by Stewart’s depiction of the gritty reality of farm life. They coexist, side by side, mirroring Stewart’s organic and integrated approach to farming. Stewart’s book is a gift to cooks. Now, each time I cook with food from a farmer I know, I have a deeper and clearer idea of what really goes into growing healthy and delicious food and why our farmers are heroes."
—Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of Savoy Restaurant, New York City
“[A] heartfelt chronicle, sobering and amusing by turn. Although focused on the particular, it transcends Keith’s Farm and illuminates exactly what it is that we are putting on our plates, whether we shop at Keith Stewart’s stand in the Union Square Greenmarket or at a farmers’ market elsewhere. It’s a delicious read—but what makes it an important one is that it has so enriched the ongoing conversation about food.”
—from the new foreword by Deborah Madison
If you want to understand a good bit about the daily life, the challenges of growing healthy vegetables, and the business and politics of organic farming this book is for you! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan Gibson
I'm not a farmer. But have romanticized the idea of living in the woods and growing my own food for a long time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Lynch
The book said it was new but came with a ripped binding. Clearly a used book. I had to go to the bookstore and buy a NEW book for my father in law for Father's Day. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tara Bolash-Larsen
Great grass-roots ideas about farming in today's food culture. Loved the approach that Keith takes to the land, and especially loved the vignette stories about the animals, the... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by B. L. Gaukel
I cried when I read this book. Go figure!Hope Keith (whom we met at Union square market) has found a buyer who loves the land as much as he does. Read morePublished on April 21, 2011 by S. C. Story
A great read! A beautiful, sweet, real story about about a person who made their dream come true.Published on October 14, 2010 by Magnolia73
Having closely read Keith Stewart's book and several of its Amazon reviews, particularly those that criticize his treatment of animals, I'm left asking myself the following... Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by Daniel Berry
I'm an avid reader of fiction and fact but I've never read a book I wish I hadn't... until now. I was expecting quaint heartwarming stories of the struggle to farm independently... Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by S. Richey
Recently I read IT'S A LONG ROAD TO A TOMATO: TALES OF AN ORGANIC FARMER WHO QUIT THE BIG CITY FOR THE (NOT SO) SIMPLE LIFE by Keith Stewart and so was engrossed that I neglected... Read morePublished on November 24, 2008 by Ellen Kirouac