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About Julia Shanks
Julia Shanks, chef and serial entrepreneur - works with food and agricultural entrepreneurs to help them achieve financial and operational sustainability. She provides technical assistance and business coaching that enables them to launch, stabilize and grow their ventures. She is a frequent lecturer on sustainable food systems, accounting and small business management; and sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.
In 1997, after 5 years of cooking in restaurants, Julia launched her first business, Interactive Cuisine. Through this innovative service, she provided informal cooking lessons in the comfort of the home kitchen. The business grew to include corporate team-building through cooking, and garnered local and national press – including Bon Appétit Magazine and The Boston Globe. Her second business, CSACookbooks, created custom cookbooks for small farmers.
Julia received her BA from Hampshire College and an MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Babson College. She is co-author of The Farmers Market Cookbook which received critical praise from The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and Taste of the Seacoast; and was cited as a reference in Michelle Obama’s American Grown. Her second book, The Farmer’s Office will be released in September 2016. In her tiny, urban garden in Cambridge, MA, she harvests vegetables seven months out of the year.
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“Clear and instructive, its recipes [are] delicious . . . Along with all those wonderful fruits and vegetables, this book belongs in your market tote.”—Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit
Farmers’ markets and CSAs are among the best places to find high-quality, diverse, and exciting vegetables and fruits. But the rich array of unusual varieties can be confusing and overwhelming. From detailed produce descriptions to storage tips, preparation techniques, and over two hundred flavorful recipes, The Farmers’ Market Cookbook has the answer to every prospective locavore’s perennial question, “What do I do with this?”
Featuring a range of traditional favorites alongside innovative creations showcasing the stunning flavors of heirloom fruits and vegetables, this guide to seasonal eating will help you engage your powers of creativity, learning, and experimentation. Recipes include:
- Garlic scape vichyssoise
- Potato fennel “risotto”
- Beef roulade with cilantro mojo
- Cantaloupe salsa
Eating locally cultivates appreciation for those who grow our food. Full of practical insights from field to fork, The Farmers’ Market Cookbook celebrates the small farmer’s labor of love with recipes that showcase every crop at its best—essential reading for anyone who wants to appreciate fresh food at its best.
“[Shanks and Grohsgal’s] collective wisdom on culinary techniques and fresh produce has helped to create a highly targeted guide with dozens of seasonal recipes that maximize freshness and flavor.”—T. W. Barritt, author of Long Island Food: A History from Family Farms & Oysters to Craft Spirits
“In this handy guide/cookbook, Shanks and Grohsgal offer practical tips on how to store and prepare your farmers market and CSA veggies.”—Boston Herald
A practical, how-to guide for farmers who want to achieve and maintain financial sustainability in their businesses
When you decided to become a farmer, you also became an entrepreneur and business person. In order to be ecologically and financially sustainable, you must understand the basics of accounting and bookkeeping, and learn how to manage a growing business.
Author Julia Shanks distills years of teaching and business consulting with farmers into this comprehensive, accessible guide. She covers all aspects of launching, running and growing a successful farm business through effective bookkeeping and business management, providing tools to make managerial decisions, apply for a loan or other financing, and offering general business and strategy advice for growing a business.
Whether you've been farming for many years or just getting started, The Farmer's Office gives you the tools needed to think like an entrepreneur and thoughtfully manage your business for success.