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A foraged wild mushroom feast at Les Jardins Sauvages

When I was young, I hated mushrooms. At least, I thought I did, but I hadn't really ever eaten them. I was under the impression that they were slimy and gross, which was the basic opinion of my parents. The only mushrooms I ate until my late teens were from a can, fried with onions and well-hidden in...

Waiting is the harvest part

If you've been wondering, "Whatever happened to those Victory Gardens you Ethicureans were tending?" — well, truth is, after that last big burst of excitement with tomatoes and such finally ripening, things have kind of gone downhill. It had to happen, of course. Let's face it: in most of our areas (save...

Finding real food on the road — all the way across America

By Stephanie Pierce My husband and I recently finished a summer-long adventure in which we toured the northern half of the United States. Even though we were living out of our 1998 minivan — sleeping on a futon we'd equipped with leg-risers to fit in the back — we were determined that one part of our...

Farmers market snapshot: Bay Area bounty in October

October is Eat Local Challenge month, and we should have made a big deal about it before. However, we have all been pretty swamped — the road to blogging hell is paved with good post intentions. And truth is, all of us treat every month as an eat-local challenge, and mistakenly or not, we kind of assume...

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...

Mini-Digest (Blogs): Shredding the NYT’s locavore coverage, the end of food — and the organic boom? Plus TCHO Chocolate TV

Our friends in the blogging world have been busy cooking up some great pieces. Back when we did the Digest lo so many months ago, these all would have merited a green star, or even two. So check'em out. Sacred cows made of bullshit: Kerry Trueman tartly (and masterfully) fillets the numerous "let's not save...

Anything zuke can do…

Every summer I look forward to each crop coming into its own, and I dream about all the wonderful dishes I'll cook or the preserves I'll make for winter. I'm even learning to appreciate some produce that gets less love than the usual tomatoes and beans and corn: every July, for example, I crave okra and...

Victory Garden update: Finally, everyone’s eating something

Lately we've seen a bumper crop of articles extolling the virtues of gardening. Sure, it's a great way to reduce your food costs at a time when those prices are experiencing rapid growth spurts. But it's more than that: gardens can be environmentally friendly and even (in our dreams, perhaps) politically...

Wal-Mart sees the locavore light

The Associated Press reports that Wal-Mart plans to spend $400 million on locally grown produce this year, which the company defines as anything farmed within a state's boundaries. The company's Commitment to You web page states that the company "realize[s] the important role that American farmers play in...

Salon.com plays the locavoreanism-debunking game

The type of article lamented by a few commenters on my recent post about food miles vs. food choices made an appearance in Salon a few days ago. Starting with a provocative headline ("Is local food really miles better?") and subtitle ("Many of us now count 'food miles.' But local fruits and veggies may not...

Fighting climate change: Food miles vs. food choices

If you want to fight global warming with your diet, it is better to change what you eat than where it comes from, according to a recently published article in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology.* Analysis by Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews, professors in the Department...

Local food promoted as economic development tool

It's one of the ironies of our food system that here in Kansas, one of the largest agriculture states in the union, we don't have a whole lot of local food. It doesn't have to be that way. What's more, a turnaround in that situation is a good economic development plan. That was the message that two...

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