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Slow but steady growth: Building the Local Roots market in Ohio

This summer has been a cool one so far here in northeastern Ohio. The sweltering heat and humidity has so far failed to materialize, and while I personally am not complaining about being less uncomfortable, I do sometimes worry about the gardens. The mild days and cool nights are keeping tomatoes from...

Permaculture pressure: Keeping up with the Jones (Farm, that is)

Though I've been gardening for many years, every season I come up against all the things I don't know and want to learn. Usually I grab a book or talk to a friendly farmer at the local farmers market to see how someone else does what I want to do. But recently, I discovered a list of workshops available at...

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...

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...

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...

Hannibal Peckter: When being Mother Hen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Post updated 11:27 a.m. with punnier new headline, hat tip to Impolite Company Editor's note: We're pleased to announce that frequent guest contributor Debra Eschmeyer has consented to join the Ethicurean team. Debra is an Ohio organic farmer, farm-to-school activist, and one of this year's distinguished...

Opening up: Notes from the Northeast Ohio Food Congress

When I hear or read comments that dismiss local foods as something only folks in California can do, I'm puzzled. Everywhere I go in northeast Ohio, I see farms and markets that have locally grown and produced foods for sale. So I have to wonder: is no one paying attention to us here in the heartland, or are...

For land’s sake: Farmland preservation in Ohio

My evenings and weekends lately — well, the past few months — have largely been taken up by the annual rounds of food preservation as I dry, freeze, can, pickle, and otherwise put up as much produce from this year as possible.  But when I took a day off work recently, I headed to a conference about another...

As the dirt turns (a pair of agricultural hope operas)

I grew up surrounded by farms. Though my family lived in a neighborhood on the very outskirts of our northern Ohio city, my school bus drove out into the country to pick up some of my farm-raised classmates. And in the summer, I spent the county fair week not only taking pride in my townie 4-H projects but...

A fair look at agriculture

Different folks have different ways of knowing when the summer is drawing to a close here in Ohio. Some swear by the increased volume of the crickets' chorus, others don't believe that summer is officially over until first frost, and still others adhere strictly to the school calendar, when the kids return...

Perfect pinch: Saving pennies by cleaning out the pantry

A little over a year ago, many of us took on the Penny-Wise Eat Local Challenge and found ways to minimize our food spending for one week. When I started the challenge, I felt pretty confident that I could stick to the spending limit since I still had an ample supply of frozen and canned local foods as well...

Dancing with the starches

While the winter weather hems and haws, trying to decide whether to leave us alone or slam us with snow and ice, the gardens and the fields here in northern Ohio make it pointedly clear that if you're looking for fresh produce, you'd better be prepared to look long and hard. Most grocers won't have an...

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