The fat of the land is all the good things we grow, find, admire, and share from the earth. My writing leans toward vegetable miscellany, home cooking, and kitchen gardening, with occasional musings in other departments. Anyone who loves food and wants to know more about where it comes from or what to do with it has found the right blog.

Much of the writing here is simultaneously published as a column of the same name in the Hillsdale Farmers Market newsletter, The Grapevine. I created this blog site to add space for supplemental musings, comments, photographs, and recipes. Join the conversation by sharing your thoughts and opinions using the comment feature! I love hearing from you.


Sarah West writes this blog and is the assistant manager of Hillsdale Farmers Market. When I’m not working for the market, I dabble in freelance writing, gardening, cooking, and spending as much time outdoors as possibile. My educational background includes a B.A. in Literary Studies, an A.A.S. in Horticulture, and, most importantly, lots of mistakes.

I post frequently on Instagram and Twitter: @plantcookeat


Hillsdale Farmers Market is a vibrant community market and top-notch collection of food producers that meets on Sundays in a southwest neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

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