Shop Girl for Farm Week

One more farm to pay tribute to…thanks to our fellow blogger AGRIgirl–Life Lessons From My Kitchen.

Please check out AGRIgirl, it is packed with  great content and valuable information.  Tammy’s love of  good food, life lessons from her kitchen,  leadership skills and an advocate for creating healthier communities is a food journal readers MUST!

Desert Roots Farm which is located in Queen Creek, Arizona.  Farm owner, Kelly Saxer has been tending to this 33-acre  CSA farm selling fresh high quality vegetables and herbs since 2001 without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.  Bringing back the farm to the community is her main goal.  A win-win relationship everyone benefits from.  When you sign up for Kelly’s CSA you will receive a box of seasonal foodstuffs throughout the farming season.  Know your farmer, know how the land is being treated, know your food. 

Desert Roots Farm
Phone: (602) 751-0655

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Tula Hats

Sun protection never looks so good…these Tula hats have timeless style and casual elegance.  Our favorite hats are the Somerset Black Bow $43.99 and the Brook’s $33.99…both UPF 50+.



Working Wellies

Made from supple rubber and completely waterproof, they provide all day comfort.  We just think these dirt kickers are so fetching.

Comes in Red and Hunter Green.




City Planter by Potted

How cool are these swanky hanging gardens…they are all the rage.  Made of 14 gauge steel and hand finished with a sealed rust patina finish.  Each piece is one-of-a-kind.  Love the city slicker style.



Chez Poulet Coop Blueprints by Heather Bullard



Farm fresh eggs just got better!!!

Detailed drawings to build your very own Chez Poulet, with a hip copper plated copula.  Your feathered flock will love the design, their new digs and lovely agrarian lifestyle.



Slow Food:  Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food, by Slow Food Editore, Carlo Petrini


The Slow Food Movement shares lessons about how to cook well, eat well and live well.  We are encouraged by Petrini to enjoy life to its fullest.  Bring back the pleasures of the palate, focus on being convivial, nourishing our homes, communities and the humanity of food.  A fresh look on an alternative lifestyle to the fast paced world we live in.  I don’t know who said this, but boy does it resinate loud and clear for me…he who lives slow, lives well.



FOUND for Zucchini Week

A few of our favorite finds for this week.



My favorite shop girl find this week, this Marcy Butler Apron, the Elizabeth brings me back to a simpler time and would make a glamorous addition to any collection.  For us at Modern, the devil is in the details and this has all that, with European style and sophistication.  Whether cooking, gardening, or entertaining this apron is sourced from fine Italian Linen, has deep pockets and is machine washable.


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Brooklyn Slate Company

Special Edition Slate Cheese Board


Loving these hand sourced, small batch dramatic rough-hewn edge cheese boards.  Made from a family quarry in upstate New York, these special edition boards are the quintessential backdrop for artisan cheese, sashimi, sushi or small bites.  It comes with cool soapstone chalk for labeling.


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Relish This!


Giving back yard condiments a run for their money, Relish This is sweet, tangy and bright.  Made with zucchini, sweet peppers and onions this relish is packed-full of flavor and a true local favorite here in town.   We love spreading on big fat juicy burgers, adding it as a pop of freshness to chicken salad or simply topped on charred hot dogs.  Our go-to picnic provision.


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For over 200 years Sussex craftsman have honed their skills making these gorgeous traditional garden Trugs and now we our featured on our found list.  Sourced locally from nearby forests, these wooden vessels have a great look and design.  Perfect for your farmers’ market produce, flowers or prop with fruit as a centerpiece.


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Pickled perfect

WECK 742 – 1/2 L Mold Jar

Includes: 6 jars, 6 glass lids, 6 rings & 12 clamps

Height: 4 1/8″ opening: 3 7/8″ volume: 19.6 fl. oz

$19 –

At MDF we can’t stop talking about how much we love working with these German made soda lime glass jars.  They fill and empty with ease and convenience while preserving your favorite conserves or marmalades and are stackable too.  Makes canning a real treat.  A must have for your pantry and a tribute to this time honored method and the good old days of a jam session.


An Introduction


What do you get when you put together 2 chefs with modern sensibilities, inspired by ingredients, love for the hunt, verve for culture, travel comings and goings, beautiful aesthetic and good design?  Not to mention, a fondness for good story telling and deep devotion for great food?  Well, you get Modern Day Forager!

We are proud to be sharing our blog with you.  Every week we will be bringing you 5 seasonal recipes using one ingredient in many a different ways, along with featuring some tips and culinary conundrums.  The more you know about your food the better  it tastes.

Found is our favorite weekly finds. We know that its all about the details, so our list has the top must-haves. MDF Shop Girl will lead the way.


Modern will also highlight culture, travel insights, beautiful aesthetic and good design.

And if that wasn’t enough, Meet the Producers is our makers series, celebrating artisans who focus on plying, honing and honoring their craft.  We get to tell their story, from who produced it, where is was produced, and the how and why it was produced.

Traci and I have been working in the food business for many years and want to share our admiration for it, from all angles, because for us, all roads lead to food.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.  We are excited you are here!


Modern Day Forager