The weather’s fine for nonlocal foods

I've been thinking a lot lately about food — particularly local food — and weather, as the last week or so has given us Kansans temperatures in the teens and in the 60s, sunshine, rain, ice and snow. Local is the big word in food trends these days, and for good reason. Our food system has gotten...

Local Burger on a mission to serve up fast, healthy, local food

In her two years in business, Hilary Brown has gotten more publicity for her Local Burger restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas, than your average restaurateur can hope to get in twenty. But, then, Brown isn’t your average restaurateur, and Local Burger isn’t your average restaurant. Brown is the...

Sustainably raised (pastured) turkey worth effort to get

I thought a lot about local food last night as I made the 28-mile (roundtrip) journey to get the turkey I'll roast for my family's Christmas dinner. Does it make a lot of sense, I wondered, for one person (me) to use over a gallon of gas to pick up one turkey? I have to conclude that it probably does not,...

O, Christmas tree

Not exactly a food topic, but if you're still deliberating about a Christmas tree (real tree? artificial tree? no tree? see what Grist's Umbra had to say), here are two ideas that are easier than buying a live one that you have to try to plant somewhere: My choice, an idea borrowed from a friend: a live...

Pharmaceutical rice stirs little dust in Kansas

A frustrated Dan Nagengast, executive director of the Kansas Rural Center, said after a recent forum on pharmaceutical crops that opponents needed to take the fight somewhere else. Some 35 to 40 people attended the forum in Topeka on Nov. 14, which provided a pile of handouts, but it got little press and...

State of local food not bad in this Plains city

Kei, a commenter on my blog, recently asked about what kind of produce is available these days in Kansas. A San Franciscan, she was surprised by the dearth of produce she found recently in New York compared with her home. Although I gave her a brief answer, I thought I’d check it out in a trip today...

Baumans Cedar Valley Farms: It takes a family to produce pastured eggs

Bonnie here: We're pleased to announce that Janet Majure, who has guest-posted for us peviously from Lawrence, Kansas, has donned an Ethicurean team apron. Janet is a mom and has written about cooking for years for newspapers; she started her blog, foodperson.com, in March. You can read more about her at...

Calling your senators about the Farm Bill can have unexpected results

From our previous contributor Janet Majure, who lives in Kansas and blogs regularly at Foodperson.com. A funny thing happened when I called my senators this week to ask their support of the Dorgan-Grassley Amendment, which would "put a hard cap of $250,000 on commodity payments, close loopholes, and...

Yes Dorothy, we’re still in Kansas

From our Kansas contributor, Janet Majure, whose blog is Foodperson.com. Note to RSS readers: You're missing a slideshow of images from the farm. Janet's Flickr set has full captions. If one thing stands out among the farms in the 2007 Kaw Valley Farm Tour this past weekend (Oct. 6-7), it's the remarkable...

Guest post: Talking to Growing for Market’s Lynn Byczynski about organic’s evolution

Bonnie here: I am really pleased to introduce Janet Majure, who's offered to guest post from Lawrence, Kansas. Janet is an editor and journalist who occasionally writes for the Kansas City Star; she had a weekly cooking column for almost 10 years and has written a couple of cookbooks. I've been enjoying...

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