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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...

Extreme “Locavore” Household Vows Not to Forage Further Than Own Refrigerator

By Barry Foy, Special to The Ethicurean BAKER HEIGHTS, WA — Only a few miles outside the town of Mount Vernon, in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, the Diaz-Elliott family recently embarked on a bold experiment in local food sourcing. In hopes of reducing their carbon footprint by minimizing the...

Flood assistance for Washington farmers

Dairy cows were among the victims of Washington's floods. Photo by Mike Kane for the Seattle P-I. Washington and Oregon suffered disastrous rain and wind for days starting on December 1, and farms in southwest Washington were hit particularly hard. Some dairies dumped their milk when a 20-mile section of...

Cheese Baby visits the Estrella Family Creamery

From our Seattle correspondent Jenni P.: Anthony Estrella calls my daughter the Cheese Baby, and since she’s been old enough to talk she’s called him the Cheese Man. We’ve been buying cheese from Anthony at Seattle farmers markets for the past couple of years. Every week we take home a...

Catching up: Washington State locavoreanism

The Butter Bitch and I have been on hiatus for the past few months, due to our day jobs and ongoing projects. The Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Sunday Magazine devotes most of this week's issue to an overview of Washington's locavorean movement and the promotion of sustainability in the wine. The Bounty...

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...

Methow: Where our meat comes from

Cascadia Girl over at has a nice write-up of weekending in Methow Valley, including where to stay and what to do. Why the interest here? Methow is where the Butter Bitch and I source much of our beef, through a meat CSA, and lamb through direct purchase.  We knew that the Crown S ranchers had a  reason not...

Digest: Culinary prodigy, food-sections roundup, more bad news for fish

Article most guaranteed to make you feel inadequate: A 16-year-old Canadian named Luke Hayes-Alexander is not only the dedicated, driven executive chef of his family's restaurant in Kingston, but he makes his own charcuterie and smoked banana ice cream. If the poor kid weren't painfully shy, we'd say he's a...

Digest: Why you should care about the Farm Bill, “good” vs. “bad” food, UglyRipe tomatoes, cornification counterattack

Farm Bill 101: Tom Philpott plans to analyze the political economy of farming and suggest a socially and environmentally sustainable farm policy. (Someone has to do it, and we're glad he's volunteered.) The 2007 Farm Bill will affect everybody who cares about what they eat, and/or about the environment, so...

“Best of the Puget Sound” list

Not to be outdone by a list of favorites from our old stomping grounds, we here in the Puget Sound region have our own list of fine foods to celebrate. With one exception, we had not encountered these treats before 2006. 1. Fish Brewing Company's Winterfish: This seasonal, organic beer from Olympia - well...

Provisions Mushroom CSA through Helsing Junction

I've lost track of the post where the local mushroom CSA was discussed - oh, there it is, but I'll give this topic a full post just the same. Provisions Mushroom CSA is piggy-backing on Helsing Junction CSA Farm's delivery system to provide mushrooms. Their information is not available on Helsing Junction's...

Digest: Organic Pastures epic, GM & heritage spuds, Slow Food UK

L.A. Times Magazine: A gripping, epic story about Organic Pastures dairy, the E. coli cases linked to its raw milk, and the family history of owner Mark McAfee, which goes a long way to explaining his defiance in the face of officials. [DQ says: Although we don't drink much milk, I've been shelling out the...

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