Link O’Wednesday

May 27, 2009 at 9:20 am

Rob Gardner

Lots of fun stuff around the world of local food.

We Beet-Up this Saturday at the Oak Park Farmer’s Market.  Hopefully a few people will come.  I hear over 100 will be at this Locavore Tweet-Up in Vermont tonight.

The papers are all over local this week.  I could pretty much just link to the food sections of the Trib and the NYTimes.  Of course this piece near the back of the Trib’s food section most interested me and this one mentions my kids alma mater, Hatch Elementary.  Both papers hit canning.  The Sun Times is not nearly as local focused, but does hit on a major locavore concern, what to do with so much rhubarb this time of year.

Adrian and Maggie just finished their year of 100 mile local near Houston.  They’ve made some adjustments going forward.  Keep up with them here.

As Obama said more than a few times on the campaign trail, “do they think we are stupid.”  Let’s see.

Slow Food’s hit the campus in Milwaukee.  Don’t let the kids have all the fun.

More fun in Milwaukee?  “Cheap food is an illusion,” thus speaks Will Allen of Growing Power in the new film, Fresh about sustainable farming.   No screenings currently planned for Chicago, but there will be one in Milwaukee on June 4.

In Civil Eater, Aaron French goes after Thomas Keller’s definition of local food.  I wholly agree with French. 

The green effects of local food continue to be to casually swept aside.  C’mon use your noggin.

Illinois’s not the only state passing laws supporting local foods.  Look what’s happening in North Carolina.

Do you think of Hellman’s mayo as local? Chipotle?

The Hellman’s thing is actually representative of a large eat local movement in Canada.  I mean this was the place where the 100 mile challenge made it to TVFoodnetwork.  See here or here for more.

Do we crave validation for our local food heros?  Here’s some.

Sharon and Dimitra are good friend of the Local Beet.  They have formed a new venture, Fork and the Road [ed. clever!] to lead bicycle based food tours around Chicago.  At least one of their upcoming events will be focused on local foods.

Eat local ham!

What we need to get for Molly the Eat Local dog.

Share with us any other good eat local links.



  1. Damien says:

    Blatant self promotion alert…

    What about a link to the Slow Food / Garfield Park Tomato Plant sale today?

    Please join us and come buy heirloom tomatoes for yourself, for your neighbors, for the vacant lot next to your neighbors… $3 a plant and all proceeds benefit Slow Food Chicago and the Conservatory.

    Not enough to convince you? What about the chance to meet Michael Thompson of the Honey Coop? Cmon…it’s all in the name of Plant Parenthood. Join us! Buy a plant! Eat your own food!

  2. Katherine Glover says:

    It was not my intention to “casually sweep aside” the benefits of eating local. All other things being equal, eating local is much better than not eating local. But there are other factors to consider as well — one of them being that if the fertilizers and such are transported in from halfway across the world, many of the “local” benefits are lost. I just think people need to recognize that things are more complicated than “local=good, not local=bad.”

  3. Rob Gardner says:

    Karen, I said you casually swept aside the *green* benefits of eating local, not the benefits of eating local. Also, I do not believe I (or anyone) is advocating something as simplistic as “local=good, not local=bad”. I do strongly believe that firstly, there are intrinsic green benefits to eating local, including the effect of food miles; secondly, it is easier or at least more likely that through local eating, one will select producers that use sustainable, good practices. There are many benefits to eating local. Let us continue to include the fact that it is earth friendly in the list.

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