The Perennial Plate

Danny Klein takes us on an adventure in sustainable food and adventurous living

Episode 151: Bessie White

Bessie and her sister Velma started the Cortez, Colorado farmers market 43 years ago, Bessie has only missed one Saturday since. This short film touches on her rich and long life as well as some secrets for making strawberry rhubarb pie.

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