The fat of the land is all the good things we grow, find, admire, and share from the soil. 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 was simultaneously published as a column of the same name in the Hillsdale Farmers Market newsletter, The Grapevine, from May 2012 to January 2016. 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 an always happy to hear from you.


Sarah West is a writer, gardener, and enthusiastic home cook who lives in Cove, Oregon. Her freelance publications include articles in Rodale’s Organic Life magazine, Backpacker online, and the Nature’s Path organic news and sustainability blog. She currently works part-time for Art Center East in La Grande, Oregon, where her passion for thoughtful food and small-scale agriculture has found surprisingly fertile ground in the challenge of supporting the arts in a rural community. Her 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

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