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Thanks, Jevons paradox! On why I won’t be replacing my spare fridge

A few weeks ago, my spare side-by-side fridge/freezer up and died. I was (and remain) pissed about this. It's a fancy-pants Samsung, about four years old, and the Sears repair guy said the compressor would cost $800 to fix -- 75% of what the fridge was new. "Samsung's great for TVs, crap for fridges," he...

Q&A with John Scharffenberger: First wine, then chocolate, and now … tofu?

Before founding the chocolate company for which he became famous, John Scharffenberger made California sparkling wine. In both cases, he was one of the first Americans to find success in what had been a European-dominated market niche. (Fun fact: Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev used his bubbly to toast...

Two recipes – and lots of opinions – from ‘Farmers Market Desserts’ author Jennie Schacht

Summer fruits from the farmers market are the supermodels of the produce world. Just like Heidi Klum doesn't need makeup to be beautiful, a super-fresh White Lady peach or Seascape strawberry doesn't need extra sweetening or seasoning to shine. But given the right recipe—one designed expressly for fruit and...

Cultivating community in Ohio: Local Roots crops get sweeter in winter

Three months have passed since my last update on Local Roots Market in Wooster, Ohio. Back then, were on the cusp of opening at last. What's happened in the meantime? A lot. Following the close of the Downtown Farmers Market at the end of October, Local Roots Market opened as an indoor farmers market on...

Small-town grocery stores feed a need bigger than stomachs

In the small Nebraska town I now call home, a small grocery store anchors one end of Main Street. Once a farm-implement dealership, it has nine aisles, a dairy cooler, and a fresh meat counter. It employs nine full-time workers plus various high school students, and its limited hours frequently cause this...

Disney moving aggressively into branded fresh-produce market

No Dumbos here: This article in today's WashPo business section details how, over the past few years, Disney has distanced itself from junk food and expanded its association with healthier products. There are more than 250 offerings in the Disney Garden line, including Disney-branded eggs and a High School...

Global Grocer illustrates how cosmopolitan our carts are

Here's an interesting companion piece to the New York Times farming maps we just Digested below. Food & Water Watch has created a Web education tool illustrating just how much America has increased its imports of certain foods, and how risky these products can be. The Global Grocer lets visitors shop at...

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...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork

By Samin Nosrat | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork Before Edible San Francisco readers start lobbing flaming Molotov pigtails at me, let me say that as a cook, I was brought up in the Chez Panisse kitchen. And as a writer, I've studied with...

Sustainable Pork Smackdown, Pt. 2: Why Bay Area residents should choose local pork

By Bonnie Azab Powell | Illustration by Marcos Sorenson Read Pt. 1: Why Bay Area residents should choose Midwestern pork I have to confess something: I have a hog in this race. In addition to being a freelance writer and editor, I moonlight as a meat slinger, volunteering for Clark Summit Farm in Tomales,...

Radiolab’s “Choice” episode: This is your brain on emotions

The public radio program Radiolab (one of the most interesting and thought-provoking radio programs around, in my opinion) had an episode recently that might be of interest to Ethicurean readers. The title of the program was "Choice," and it examined how people make choices — or rather, are compelled by...

Yes, no, and “later” foods: Why Wal-Mart depresses me as a parent

We went to Wal-Mart yesterday. It was a mistake. Don’t get me wrong: I understand why people shop at Wal-Mart. I live in a rural community that is mostly poor or working class. I see hundreds of people ride the bus to Wal-Mart daily because the store is one of the few places they can afford to shop. The...

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