A new edition of the deeply personal and highly acclaimed book on the hows and whys of organic farming

Keith Stewart, already in his early forties and discontent with New York’s corporate grind, moved upstate and started a one-man organic farm in 1986. Today, having surmounted the seemingly endless challenges to succeeding as an organic farmer, Keith employs seven to eight seasonal interns and provides 100 varieties of fresh produce to the shoppers and chefs who flock twice weekly, May to December, to his stand at Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan—the only place where his produce is sold. It’s a Long Road to a Tomato opens a window into the world of Keith’s Farm, with essays on:

  • Keith’s development as a farmer
  • The nuts and bolts of organic farming for an urban market
  • Farm animals domestic and wild
  • The political, social, and environmental issues facing agriculture today—and their impact on all of us

This updated second edition also features a new foreword by Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and gorgeous new woodcut illustrations from Keith’s wife, Flavia Bacarella.

Keith Stewart

Keith Stewart has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including the Food Channel’s Follow that Food, PBS’s Chefs A’ Field, the Leonard Lopate Show, and has been featured in publications including the New York Times and Gourmet; for more than ten years his writing has attracted legions of fans in The Valley Table, the Hudson Valley’s only magazine devoted to regional farms, food, and cuisine.

Illustrator Flavia Bacarella, Stewart’s wife, teaches painting and drawing at Lehman College of the City University of New York.

“What’s it take to be a small farmer these days? Good health and a sound body. A practical mind. A farm in the family or enough capital to buy one and get started. A passion for working with the land. The ability to market your own products. The will and stamina to put in seventy or eighty hours a week when necessary. A gambler’s instinct. A willingness to accept the slings and arrows of outrageous weather.”

—from “Small-Farm Economics: Watching the Bottom Line”