The Big Deal About the Big Green Egg

I'm a pretty big fan of barbecues, so summertime at Better Farm is basically rife with grilling activity. If you've got it, we'll throw it down and cook the hell out of it.

It was a sad day when the Babcocks moved out last month and took their grill with them. Our quick solution was to look into buying a new one; but those plans were put on hold when we found an old, defunct grill in one of the sheds across the street and made a few minor repairs to get that baby up and running as good as new. One less big hunk of metal for the landfill, and we've extended our grilling season well into fall.

Then I felt the inevitable pang of regret the second I stumbled upon the gem pictured here, called the Big Green Egg. This ridiculous piece of grilling technology is a smoker barbecue, grill, and oven that comes in four sizes to suit any living situation ...or commune.

In fact, people are so stoked over the Big Green Egg that there's an annual festival dedicated to the thing. Eggtoberfest draws Big Green Egg enthusiasts from all over for a cookout that'll have your taste buds clicked into high gear, maybe permanently.

So, next spring is another season that'll have Better Farm abuzz with activity from renters and a budding workshop itinerary. Will our repaired grill be enough? Here's to hoping not. See you eggheads in a few months.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.