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Focus on Florida Food – Part II

Josh's Organic Market - Hollywood, Florida After our 1-nighter in the Gulf Coast of Florida, where we saw a memorable Leon Redbone concert and enjoyed a good meal of local fish and seafood, Noshette of the North and I drove back to the Atlantic coast along the famous "Alligator Alley", where we saw plenty...

Montreal profile: A tale of tofu

Eating ethically isn't especially easy. For one thing, it means cutting down on my meat consumption, at least until I find more sources of meat that my stomach can stomach, now that it is actually attached to my brain. Also, Noshette is a born-again omnivore and it still getting her meat-feet wet, so we are...

Horizon’s half-and-half attempt at going “beyond organic”

Horizon Organic (the largest organic milk producer in the U.S.) today announced it had published a new set of guidelines governing "Standards of Care" on its company-owned farms. Under fire from the Cornucopia Institute, a family farm watchdog group, and others for keeping cows in feedlots — and even going...

Digest: Farm aids, cool retailing concept in UK, fake grouper on menus

The age of agri-tourism: Small farms are increasingly diversifying into non-agricultural activities like farm tours, cheese-making classes, and photo safaris. The income from such activities often dwarfs their revenues from crops. New York Times Idea ripe for U.S. implementation: The new Farmers' City...

Winter realities in Montreal, Canada

This has been a pretty hard week for me. You see, I’ve spent the last two or three years getting more acquainted with the environment and sustainable food sources, but I never really felt accountable to anyone but myself — and I was a pretty forgiving person, to myself at least. I tried to do the right...

Locavorean notes from all over

Last week I asked readers how they eat locally in winter. A few MidWesterners responded, and I decided to call Mom of La Muncha, who lives in Northern New Mexico, to see what local options are like in in the high country. Also, check out our guest post from Montreal. Meanwhile, here in Seattle the snows are...

Letter from Montreal: A visit to Jean-Talon Market

Dairy Queen here: To me, one of the best parts of being involved in this blog is getting to read my five fellow Ethicureans' points of view, hailing from different parts of the country and with varying preoccupations. In this case, I think, many cooks just makes for more interesting soup. We would love to...

Guilty pleasure: Canned black bean soup, with MSG

I'm willing to bet that every conscious eater has a skeleton in his or her cupboard — a fetish for a particular corn-syrup-laced treat or microwaveable fat bomb. After all, we're not nuns here. So I'll confess first. My processed-food addiction is to Goya black bean soup. It's unbelievably thick and gooey,...

Bay Area pastured poultry panic may be premature

Damn. John Birdsall, the East Bay Express's restaurant reviewer, totally busted me on EBX's blog for prematurely panicking about the disappearance of Hoffman Game Birds from the Bay Area, now that the elderly owner is no longer selling at the Ferry Plaza farmers market. Doing the homework that I should...

Grass-FedEx: U.S. Wellness Meats beef, pork, and chicken

Before going to Pensacola this Christmas, I wanted to avoid some of the stress of previous visits having to do with meat. It was easier when I was a vegetarian, and my family eventually got used to thinking about swapping chicken stock for vegetable and so forth. But my "ethical carnivorism" of the past few...

A major clucking sound: The great Bay Area chicken shortage of 2007

Which is harder to find, a pastured chicken or its eggs? In the Bay Area, there's way too much demand for both. The CUESA newsletter just alerted me to a sad, sad development: As of this week, Hoffman Game Birds will no longer be selling at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza farmers market. Ruth Hoffman, who is...

A highly subjective “Best of the Bay Area” list

'Tis the season to make year-end lists. In honor of the last day of 2006, here are my ten favorite local delicacies. Amazingly, I had never tasted any of them before this year. 1. Marshall's Farm Marin wildflower honey: I used to think honey came in plastic bears and tasted sweet and nothing else. This...

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