Train Spotting: Talking Thanksgiving and zombies with farmers market proprietors

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 1.23.15 PM

Is locally-grown produce more expensive than the bioengineered mutations available at corporate grocery stores? Probably a wee bit. Is it also significantly healthier and fresher? It is! Is it worth the extra cash? That depends on how much you enjoy eating mutants. Fortunately for those who aren’t so into that, but have a fondness for fruits and veggies, farmers markets can be accessed Tuesdays and Fridays at Copley Square and Mondays and Wednesdays at City Hall Plaza. Last Monday, we questioned proprietors Scott Hurwitz of Silverbrook Farm, a three-centuries-old Dartmouth-based institution, and Boston Public Market manger Shaq Jones regarding the joys and tribulations of urban farming.

The historical atrocities surrounding Thanksgiving: thoughts?

SH: You’ve got to remember, I work for a bunch of Quakers. They were legal to hunt up until 150 years ago. That’s why Quaker meeting houses always had underground back doors.

How could anyone tell if they were shooting a Quaker instead of, um, a member of some other religion?

SH: Ah, what the hell? You just put a different hat on them, and you’re fine
.
Do you think your knack for growing your own food would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?

SJ: I’m a straight diva. I wouldn’t die first. I know how to throw people under the bus. That’s not the issue. I’m sure I could be the last person alive if I really wanted to, but running through a whole empty field…I’m just not for it. Worst case scenario, I’d become a zombie.

That might be fun.

SH: I just don’t picture you eating brains.

SJ: I’d be the vegetarian zombie. I’d eat all vegetables and fruit. That’s what happens to me anyway during the winter. Working on a farmers market tunes you. It switches up your whole diet, to the point where now I crave things when they come into season. This week, I’ll be stocked up on Asian pears.

But if it came down to it, you’d be very selective about the type of person you ate?

SJ: Oh yeah.

SH: Asians! They might taste like the pears!

(Shaq and Scott’s nearby Asian coworker audibly rolls her eyes)

How would society change if everyone grew their own food?

SH: Not everyone could grow their own food. There isn’t the ability to. We put our farm into a land trust, just so it won’t ever be able to be used for anything other than farmland. But farms sell out all the time, and their land gets turned into condos. There’re two things you always have to worry about: Not enough room to plant food, and not enough room to put the dead people. That’s where zombies come in handy.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Local

NYPD: Suspect dead after two U.S. Marshals, cop…

A suspected sex offender died after a shooting at a West Village smoke shop that wounded two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective on Monday, officials said.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

Entertainment

'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' game easter eggs and cheats

"Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is the hottest game of the moment. Here are its best easter eggs as well as some tips and tricks to speed your way to the top.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.

Food

Zagat releases '30 Under 30' list

Zagat releases a list of the people changing the food and drink industry across the country.