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New USDA report shows direct-to-consumer food sales way up

A flea on the elephant's back: The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has released a new report on sales from direct-to-consumer food marketing (things like farmers markets and CSAs), using data from the last Census of Agriculture. The good news: sales were up 104.7% from 1997 to 2007, compared with an...

You want demand? We got demand!

So much for that elitism crap: According to a new report released by the USDA, the demand for organically produced food in the U.S. continues to outpace supply. Organic food sales have increased more than five-fold since the late 1990s, while organic production has slightly more than doubled in that time....

Fujimotos’ departure from Monterey Market a tough blow to local food chain

By Carol Ness Calling Bill and Judy Fujimoto's forced departure on Wednesday from Berkeley's Monterey Market — after two years of family dissension over their vision for the business — a tragedy isn't a stretch. For those who don't know it, Monterey Market is one of the pillars of the Bay Area food scene, a...

New outlets for farmers

The prescription is fresh produce: Mary MacVean looks at some of the new ways small farms are reaching the public in the Los Angeles area, starting with Kaiser Permanente's establishment of farmers markets outside their medical centers (30 so far in four states) and purchase of  local produce for their...

Local Roots update: Market plans proceeding in Wooster, OH

Farmers market season is just weeks away here in northeastern Ohio, and local growers have worked long days to get their crops planted after a slow start to spring. Behind the scenes at Local Roots, the we've put in long hours, too, planting our own seeds for a year-round farmers market in Wooster. We've...

BAMCO backs Florida tomato pickers in fight for fair labor standards

Jane Black reports in the Washington Post that the gigantic U.S. food-service company Bon Appetit Management Company has partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to take on Florida's shamelessly, and infamously abusive tomato growers in what we hope will be a very effective...

Nourishing Ohio’s downtowns, through community-food partnerships

By Kelly Ferry A food revolution is afoot in the downtowns of Ohio, and if you’re lucky, it’s marching your way. Our own farmers market in Kent, Ohio opened two weeks earlier this year and has doubled in size over the last three years. Some restaurants in town are considering sourcing local foods for menu...

Postcard from England: Farm Collective opens cafe

Earlier this month I spent 10 days in England, visiting friends from grad school in London, Hove (near Brighton), and Diss (near Norwich). I was there for fun, but it was impossible not to see with Ethicurean eyes just how far ahead of America the UK is when it comes to chewing the right thing. Here's the...

On your market, get set…: Building Local Roots in Ohio

There must be something in the Ethicurean (tap) waters.  As much as we love to eat and write about SOLE food, more and more of us are finding ways to put not just our money, but our time and energy, where our mouths are. From our die-hard community gardeners Peter and Elanor to our CSA-pork-packin' mama...

Marlow & Daughters butcher shop: “This meat is our reputation”

A recent Coolhunting.com video highlights Marlow & Daughters, an old-world style butcher in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. In it, bartender-turned-butcher Tom Mylan explains why the shop works only with whole animals, how he learned to cut meat, and Marlow & Daughters' laudable philosophy:...

Finding real food on the road — all the way across America

By Stephanie Pierce My husband and I recently finished a summer-long adventure in which we toured the northern half of the United States. Even though we were living out of our 1998 minivan — sleeping on a futon we'd equipped with leg-risers to fit in the back — we were determined that one part of our...

Farmers market snapshot: Bay Area bounty in October

October is Eat Local Challenge month, and we should have made a big deal about it before. However, we have all been pretty swamped — the road to blogging hell is paved with good post intentions. And truth is, all of us treat every month as an eat-local challenge, and mistakenly or not, we kind of assume...

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