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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...

Farm-to-Market: Island Grown Farmers Cooperative

I spotted a familiar face on the front page of Friday’s Wall Street Journal. Farmer Bruce Dunlop looked back at me while I read about the mobile abattoir, or “slaughterhouse on wheels,” he designed that six years ago became the first of its kind to gain USDA approval. Last fall, my family and I followed the...

So good, it’s not legal: A visit to Polyface Farm

By Johanna Kolodny I didn’t find out until the end of Polyface Farm’s Field Day last month that this gathering -- set in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Swoope (pronounced Swope), Virginia -- was illegal. Polyface owner Joel Salatin, the farmer made famous in Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” was...

Eating SOLE in Portland, Maine: Fore Street, Gilbert’s Chowder House, and Hugo’s

Got a little time to explore the dining scene of Portland, Maine? Change your plans: you’ll actually need lots and lots of time to do it right. Word on the street is that the East Coast Portland is second only to San Francisco in restaurants per capita. We’re not talking Applebee’s, either. The city is...

Closing the loop: Turning city food and garden waste into fertilizer

During a break between meetings at the office, one of my coworkers asked, "So, Marc: got any vacations planned?" "Just a little one. I'm going to the Vacaville landfill next Friday," I replied. His eyebrows raised a little bit, and he responded with a quizzical tone, "Hmm...that's an interesting choice. I...

Postcard from Portland, ME: Even Andrew Zimmern knows that Rabelais is the place to be

Should you find yourself in Portland, Maine, on the first Friday of the month, you can participate in the monthly art-walk, a self-guided tour of local galleries, studios, museums, and other venues. There are plenty to choose from —62 venues in June ’08, to be exact. One of those venues might Rabelais. You...

Ethicureans, meet the Eggicureans: A visit to Michigan’s Crane Dance Farm

Mary tries to get the calves interested in the trailer It’s a Wednesday morning and instead of firing up my computer, my cool company is letting me spend the day on a farm. Pulling into the driveway of Crane Dance Farm, I wave to Jill and Mary while my husband Tim weaves our minivan around roaming ducks and...

Sometimes you just have to go for a walk

How do I know I've been neglecting the Ethicurean? My mother sent me an email yesterday titled "Now I'm Worried" — not because I hadn't replied to her last three messages, but because I hadn't posted on the blog in ages. Since a few other people have wondered whether I've fallen under a bus, or been...

Postcard from Orlando II: Look Closer … at the Farm Bureau

Although I'm no longer standing at the Farm Bureau-sponsored exhibit, The Great American Farm, at Disney's Epcot Center, I can't seem to shake the creepy feeling it gave me. One of the most visible parts of the exhibit are the Look Closer screens, which invite attendees to Look Closer at biotechnology:...

Postcard from Orlando I: Your tax dollars at work

I have just returned from three days in Disney theme parks in Orlando. (No snarky jokes please, at least not from those of you who have yet to push a human out of your nether regions only to discover that children now emerge from the womb begging for a trip to Disney World.) Disney is a fascinating place,...

Back to the future: Maryland’s Springfield Farm is new old-school

From Leslie Hatfield Last weekend, my partner Jaimes and I picked up our friend, Nikki, in a bright yellow rental car and drove about 20 miles outside of Baltimore to Springfield Farm. I'd discovered it through the Eat Well Guide (which I blogged about here last week) and had been there once before, to pick...

Eating local in Tucson for the holidays

The following is by Ethicurean buddy Rachel Cole. Rachel has worked for Alice Waters's Cafe Fanny, apprenticed on an organic farm, and worked with Jessica Prentice at Three Stone Hearth Community Kitchen. She is in her final year of a master’s in holistic health education at John F. Kennedy University...

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