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     Steve Bradley shows off some of the fruit from his backyard shrub. He said it’s at least 50 years old, maybe close to 100, and seems to be going strong. Figs are said to be one of the first plants humans ever cultivated, apparently beating out staples like wheat and rye by a good measure. Ancient texts mention the fruit from thousands of years before…

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    No one ever said farming was easy: especially farmers.

    Each year is either drought or too rainy, too cold for one crop or too hot for another, and if everything cooperates, if the season is absolutely perfect, then there’s a glut and the prices drop.

    In Cape May County, the amount of land under cultivation has dwindled for years, and in many cases folks whose parents and grandparents or great grandparents were farmers have decided to find something else to do.

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     Scallop-boat

    Fishing is dangerous work.

    Not that there was any doubt of that, but recent events have made it crystal clear: the men on the boats heading into the open ocean place their lives on the line to bring home the catch, and to make a living in one of the county’s biggest industries.

    This week, the Coast Guard has convened a Board of Inquiry to find out what brought down the Lady Mary March 24, the deadliest fishing accident in New Jersey in years. Of the seven crewmembers out on a multi-day scalloping trip, only…

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    Bill Eisele and his grandson Luke Eisele get ready to remove the honey from frames collected from one of his several bee hives.

    Bill Eisele does not seem particularly worried about stings.

    It’s getting on sunset at his Christmas tree farm in Petersburg, and he’s checking a hive, protected only by a short-sleeved golf shirt and a couple decades’ worth of experience working around bees. No smoking, no mesh hood, no apparent concern.

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     eggplant

    It’s as Italian as parmigiana, as French as ratatouille, and as Arab as baba ghanoush, without even getting started on moussaka, Szechuan-style eggplant and garlic sauce or a few dozen Indian dishes.

    In other words, eggplant tastes like home to a huge swath of humanity, under many names and many, many different kinds of spices.

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    Some say the berry you wait for tastes best

    So maybe you’ve been feeling pretty pleased with yourself. After all, you’ve switched over to organic greens now that they are pre-washed and easy to use, and you’ve traded sausage and bacon for the frozen simulated stuff in the green box. Maybe you even recycle the box. 

    Then suddenly, one of your friends goes localvore. 

    Here we go again.

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     Farm markets offer a direct connectionEverything you eat grew somewhere.

    In the meantime, it may have been canned, frozen, broiled, fried or processed beyond recognition, but somewhere, at some time, the last bite you’ve taken was alive, growing, in a field or a hothouse or a pen or a bay.

    It’s funny how easy that can be to forget.

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    green beansWhen most folks think of organic farming, they tend to focus on the stuff added to a field that kills things, not what’s added to make things grow.

    The connection is clear and – for some – fairly visceral. Pesticides kill bugs, herbicides kill weeds and fungicides kill fungus, allowing the plants we like to eat to thrive. But many people question what happens when we eat the crops that have been treated with chemicals designed to kill, even if they are said to be harmless if used as directed.

    Others wonder what happens to the…

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     Liz Anderson, AKA the Egg Lady, with son Daniel and a dozen blue-green eggs. She sells her extra eggs from her front porch on Route 50 in Tuckahoe.  Growing up on her dad’s farm in Upper Township, Liz Anderson knows chickens.

    So it seemed natural that she and her husband, Tom, would keep a few at their place in Tuckahoe for the eggs.

    “We always ate…

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    For strawberries, red means go One of the highlights of summer eating is now ready

    There’s no avoiding the conclusion that strawberries want to be eaten.

    Look at it this way; they don’t exactly hide, do they? At least when they are ready and ripe.




Cool Scoops is where doo-wop meets dessert

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Paul and Lori Russo enjoy collecting items from the 1950s and ’60s to decorate their Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor in North Wildwood. Paul and Lori Russo enjoy collecting items from the 1950s and ’60s to decorate their Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor in North Wildwood.

At Cool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor in North Wildwood, the ’50s style cars and décor are almost as cool as the ice cream sundaes and novelties served up daily. The old-time parlor contains a treasure trove of memorabilia from the 1950s and ’60s.

Genuine autographs hang on every wall, ranging from the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis to the casts of “Happy Days,” “Lavern and Shirley,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “Star Trek.”

“There’s something for everyone,” said owner and collector Paul Russo, whose collection adorns almost every inch of the nearly 3,000-square-foot shop. A special wall is dedicated to the musical history of the Wildwoods.

The Cool Scoops franchise was created and designed by the Paul and his wife, Lori, in 2002.

“We wanted our visitors to take a step back in time to the fabulous ’50s, and I think we achieved our goals,” Russo said.

Cool Scoops made its national TV debut in 2006 on “Trading Spaces,” followed by a doo-wop episode on the Travel Channel, “Taste That Town” and “Tail Fins and Chrome,” and filming wrapped up recently for a new episode on the Travel Channel that will air June 2012, he said.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary summer, the Russos have added even more items to their menu. The Hot Wheel Waffle and the You’re a Good Waffle, Charlie Brownie now join the Cone-Oli, a cone filled with cannoli cream and the Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Fudge Sundae.

Mainstays like the Scoop-Deville, Lil Deuce Scoops, Dusty Road Sundae,

Kryptonite Sundae, Abbott and Cone-Stello and the Elvis Pretzelly are customer favorites, he said.

Lunch menu items include Sha-Na-Nachos, Leave it to Pizza, the DooWoper,

Big Mack the Knife, Howdy Doody Dog and the Hound Dog.

Lori Russo said the shop offers items for those who have food allergies.

“We cater to all visitors with allergies – peanut, dairy and gluten, to be exact. We want everyone to be able to have fun here,” she said.

Her husband adds new items and events every year and has plans for a drive-in movie – actually a sit-in movie – are in the works for 2012.

Cool Scoops is at 12th Avenue and New Jersey Avenue. For information call (609) SAY-COOL (729-2665) or see www.coolscoops.com.

 


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