Ann Monroe writes about sustainability and local food in a Brooklyn brownstone, where she tries to practice what she preaches by growing vegetables-not always successfully-and making her own (damn good) ketchup, kimchee and hard cider.

    What Does Dickson’s do with a Thousand Pounds of Beef Trimmings? Make Chili, of Course.

    New Yorkers sure do like their chili; when we arrived at Sunday’s Chili Fest at Chelsea Market, the line from the Tenth Avenue entrance stretched halfway back to Ninth. Altogether, more than 1000 people jammed into the market to sample 22 different chilis made by shops and restaurants around the city. To supply the meat bound for all those bowls, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats had been saving up its beef trimmings for a couple of months. And that means all of them; Gramercy Tavern’s chili should have been called Tongue ‘n’ Cheek, because that’s what it was made of.