Everyday Hero: Meet “Nature” Jack Marine, Bala Cynwyd’s relentless composter

story by Missy SteinbergEven in december, “Nature” Jack Marine’s Bala Cynwyd home is surrounded by dozens of pumpkins. These former jack-o-lanterns, some of which are as large as 200 pounds, rest in Marine’s seven compost bins, undergoing a natural, three-month metamorphosis. Over time the pumpkins will become organic soil that Marine will use in his home garden to grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and yes, more pumpkins.
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In Season: Pumpkins

by Tara Mataraza Desmond

Pumpkins are fixtures in the decorative backdrop of the fall season, but their culinary purpose far exceeds their ornamental role. They share a branch of the gourd family tree with their winter squash cousins and can be used in recipes exactly as squash are.
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Recipe: Beet and Lentil Vinaigrette

Courtesy of Pumpkin chef Ian Moroney

Pumpkin is a neat little restaurant where you can have an intimate meal or a quick lunch bite, and then hop across the street to their market for some goodies to make your own feast. Their menu changes every day, so it pays to check back often. Some days they’ll have snails, some days duck and some days they might ask you what you’d like.
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