Say No to Factory Farms

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Posted: July 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Food and Water Watch are continuing their quest to keep us safe. They’re organizing a campaign to end factory farming, industrialized husbandry, a practice that is neither good for our bodies or our environments.

From a recent email:

“Factory farms have already forced out many small producers by lowering the price that farmers are paid for chickens and pigs. The tough economic times are hitting everyone hard and many farmers are losing their contracts. The USDA has bought up surplus pork, chicken and eggs for nutrition and school lunch programs to absorb some of the over-supply, but still, the agency continues to back loans for new factory farms.”

Tell the USDA that we want to stop factory farming by clicking here




Vine-Ripened

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Posted: July 31, 2009 at 11:31 am

Green tomatoes on the vine

green tomatoes on the vine.

Am I a tomato snob? I see tomatoes in the stores all year and have been known to buy Romas or “vine-ripened” in the winter out of desperation. I always complain when I taste the store-bought version. Last week I tried my first summer field-ripened tomato of the season: a Sun Gold (from Tomato Mountain). It makes me wonder why I buy them in the stores off season.

I’ve been selling other veggies at Chicago markets (Logan Square and Andersonville) since early Jun. This explains why I’m not blogging for the Local Beet as much. There are still customers at that time who come asking for tomatoes. It’s nearly August and I still don’t have any ripe tomatoes. I often wonder if it’s worth the effort to force the season with plastic hoop-houses when I have so many other seasonal field-grown veggies to deal with. Yes, “field-grown.” I’m a tomato snob that loves to taste the summer sun in her tomatoes, not a forced imitation. I think it has something to do with a combination of full sun and warm soil that gives the tomatoes their flavor.

This year I doubled my tomato production. I finally pounded in tomato stakes last week every 4 to 6 feet in the rows and wrapped the plants with baling twine to the posts. I use the Florida Weave, a high-density planting system that lets me use less space for more plants. Since the plants are off the ground they’re easier to pick and less prone to disease. I hope.

It took a few days to finish trellising because I worked it around my harvesting/weeding/planting schedule. The process leaves me covered in tomato plant “dust.” As I looked down at my sun-bleached arm hairs they were a beautiful light green. It made an interesting trail of green in the shower when I washed up later. No Hulk references, please!

tomato rows

tomato rows, trellis system hidden by leaves. peppers and eggplants on the left.

On this last day of August I’m still waiting for my own field-grown, vine-ripened tomatoes. The cold spring has pushed back my harvest date, which could be another three weeks. I’m waiting to see how my 28+ varieties turn out. Yeah, I went a little overboard with the seed catalogues this spring. I’m hoping my enthusiasm is worth it.


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Adventures in Cooking: Boulder, Colorado

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Posted: July 31, 2009 at 9:06 am

Since moving to Chicago for school in 2006, I’ve returned to my hometown of Boulder, Colorado every summer to partake in fun activities like seeing the dentist (thanks for the health insurance, Mom)…and visiting my family.

After spending time researching and writing about the joys of eating locally sourced ingredients, it seemed almost criminal not to take advantage of Colorado-produced comestibles. Since I am not a crook, I headed to the Boulder Farmers’ Market on a mission of dinner with my cousin John, who just so happens to be trained as a chef. He also seems to not mind me enough to help out with dinner. Thanks, John.

We thought it best to visit the market and choose what to make based whichever ingredients were begging to be cooked.

Unfortunately, this particular visit to the market was a bit disappointing. Initially we had a notion of potentially making a watermelon gazpacho, but the fruit pickings at the market were amazingly slim, consisting of a few sad strawberries and some peaches. Instead we decided to buy some zucchinis from Red Wagon Organic Farm in Boulder and make a zucchini pasta.

Also purchased was a “grab bag” of mushrooms (shiitake, crimini, oyster and lion’s mane) from Hazel Dell Mushrooms in Fort Collins, a tomato from 2 R’s Farm in Platteville and a head of garlic from Pachamama Farm in Longmont.

Now came the issue that there was no protein to go with this meal. The only option at the farmers’ market seemed to be beef, which I tend to avoid these days. Since The Local Beet is dedicated to a practical approach to local eating, we hopped across the street to Whole Foods and found some scallops and pearl couscous. Not local, but nevertheless delicious.

To accompany such a lovely mostly local meal, we picked up some Boulder-brewed Avery India Pale Ale (my choice) and a bottle of rose that came from France (John’s choice).

We started water boiling for the couscous, peeled the zucchini with a vegetable peeler and chopped the tomato, garlic and mushrooms. The zucchini was sautéed on medium heat with the garlic, a bit of olive oil and butter, some basil and salt and pepper. The tomatoes and mushrooms were also sautéed with a bit of olive oil and butter and added to the couscous.

Before starting on the scallops, we removed the feet (the muscle attaching a scallop to its shell), rinsed and blotted and added salt and pepper. They were pan-seared on high heat with butter and olive oil. (“Scallops are easy to overcook, you can always cook them more,” John advises.) We stopped when they started to brown and let them carry over in the hot pan, plated those suckers and dinner was served.

The verdict? Quite edible. Whew. (Mostly) local meal success!

(Many thanks to my cousin John for his time and expertise, and to my mother and aunt for setting the table. See the entire meal process here.)


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Eat Local Everywhere with This Local Calendar

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Posted: July 31, 2009 at 9:01 am

We at the Local Beet strongly believe that eating local is not a warm weather activity.  Of course we think you need to make some effort now to eat local later.  That said, this surely is the season of eating local.  It is everywhere. 

There are farmer’s markets all over the Chicago area, stretching through the whole state of Illinois, into Northwest Indiana, across into parts of Michigan and the bottom part of Wisconsin all collected and mapped out for you in the Local Beet’s Market Locator.

Another way to find local food is to visit a farm stand.  Here’s a list that should get you started.  Just last weekend, I visited Pontious Farm, not too far from Champaign to pick berries and veg.  There’s something just Jungian, the way it hits, being on a farm, picking your food.

You will be surprised how much local food you can find just shopping your neighborhood grocery.  If your neighborhood is around Grand and Ashland you wont be surprised as Cassie and her Green Grocer make a concerted effort to always have the best in local food.  Or if you are in the Loop, you have the Downtown Farmstand.   Those are easy.  The last time I was in my neighborhood Whole Foods, I found an array of local stuff from Illinois peaches to Michigan blueberries and many green products from Wisconsin’s organic Harmony Valley Farm.  I find much Michigan produce at the Caputo’s stores including peppers, zukes, cukes, tomatoes and eggplants.  The Sunset Food stores carry product from Illinois’s Didier Farms.  See what’s local by you.

Don’t just see what’s local by you.  Explore.  How ’bout a trip out to the Seedling’s Farm in Michigan.  You can visit that farm and sample a gourmet feast through Outstanding in the Field program.  I’ll warm you, it’s pricey, but I’ve always heard great things about the events.  One of the two programs at Seedlings, the one on August 9 has openings.  There are a few other Outstanding in the Field’s available nearby that are not soldout.  This weekend, they are near Madison, West Star Farm and at Kinnikinnick where Top Chefer Stephanie Izard will cook.

Explore what is right in the city, City FarmTake a tour Sunday, and also take a tour of Chicago’s Honey Coop.

Explore an interesting new local dairy.  Kilgus Dairy started marketing their milk from Illinois raised Jersey cows (Jersey cows are known for their richer milk).  I’m not sure it’s yet in the Chicago area, but maybe Pontiac’s not too far away.  I know I’m due a post on Champaign-Urbana.  When I do, I’ll tell you that you can get the Kilgus Dairy at Urbana’s Common Ground Co-op.

Congragulate Chefs Rob and Allie Levitt of Mado for being named one of the ten best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetite.  Nagrant had it a lot earlier.

If you did not have enough reason to see Food Inc., Ruhlman will have you crying.

Come to the Country Chef Challenge next Thursday, 8/6 in Daley Plaza.  Yours truly will be one of the judges.

Mark your calenders: August 22, Seven Generations Ahead’s Microbrew Review; August 26 for the Eat-In in Daley Plaza; August 30 for the Purple Asparagus Benefit; September 10, Tomatofest; September 20 for the Local Beet Farm Dinner; October 25, Baconfest.

Where else are you finding local food these days?




Way to go Mado

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Posted: July 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

As our friend Helen sez, Mazel Tov!  ‘Cause Helen also let us know that our friends at Mado were names one of the ten best new restaurants in the whole U S of A.  Wow!  Bon Appetite so declareth.




3rd Chance to Meet the Beet Today

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Posted: July 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

The ever busy Melissa Graham will also be speaking tonight at a screening of Fresh at Center Portion 2850 1/2 W. Fullerton Ave.




Country Chef Challenge – Daley Plaza Next Thur (8/6)

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Posted: July 30, 2009 at 10:01 am

I’m very happy to step in as a judge for next week’s Country Chef Challenge at Daley Plaza next Thur (8/6).  Local chefs will shop the Daley Plaza market and then cook a dish, Iron Chef style in 1/2 hour for me and other judges.  Come!




Meet the Beet Today – 2 Chances!

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Posted: July 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

You have two opportunities to interact with Local Beetnicks today. 

Me, Rob, will be at Eli’s Cheesecake manning the Local Beet booth–look for the purple logo and table beet.  I’ll be there to answer all your questions about eating local including how to deal with the beets you’ll buy from Chad Nichols and how to preserve your harvest for the rest of the year.  I also look forward to hearing Jim Braun and Debbie Hillman speak.  6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago (Near Narragansett and Montrose).

Melissa Graham, the Sustainable Cook will be at Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand, 66 E. Randolph, making peach-basil salsa.  Melissa can also answer all your questions on how to live la vida locavore as well as tell you how she’s part of the real food movement.  If you have not been to the Downtown Farmstand, you are missing an essential component to our eat local scene.  Among the finds I saw there yesterday were TJ’s farm fresh eggs and Sugar River Dairy yogurt.

Don’t forget to tell Melissa that you’ll be at the Purple Asparagus benefit on August 30.




Evanston gives rBGH the heave ho!

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Posted: July 29, 2009 at 9:50 am

Great news for those of us who care about our childrens’ health. With the help of Food & Water Watch, Evanston has gone rBGH-free. For more, check out my blog and the Local Beet article by Dan Cannon, Food and Water Watch organization.




Linky Wednesday

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Posted: July 29, 2009 at 8:40 am

A romp through the world of local eating:

Crib sheet for better eating.

What do you know about the Green Resolution for Chicago?  Sula has the latest.  First brought to our attention by Martha here.

Remember that Wal-Mart “farmer’s market” we talked about last week?  WBEZ’s 848 has more (via).

Since I have no camera to record my delicious Prairie Fruits Farms meal, nor have I even described it yet, here’s a link to another of their farm dinner’s this year (with a certain locavore favorite chef).

Invest in local food (via).

Lee gets Lenny to dish on why food is not really supposed to be cheap.

Laying down roots for a local food system in Ohio.

Monica eats on the farm.

How hard is it to eat local?

Got weed?

Got beet?

Sneak peak at upcoming Wisconsin cheese event.

Next week is National Farmer’s Market Week!

A Local Appetite for eating around Brooklyn.

The Five Stones of Pro Food.

Share some other good links with us.




Hyssop is the Least of My Problems

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Posted: July 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I got tomatoes that did not really survive the trip back up from Urbana.  I got the Mom of Dakota, Molly-the-Eat-Local-Dog’s good friend, giving us u-pick Michigan blueberries a day after we u-picked our self a host of blueberries from Pontious Farm.  I got a bunch of onions from Pontious ’cause they’re a lot easier to pick than blueberries.  I got a tub of fresh Prairie Fruit Farms goat cheese a few minutes after I got a tub of fresh sheep’s milk cheese ’cause my wife was complaining that “we had fresh sheep’s milk last week.”  And I have a Mom, and if I don’t eat the wine jelly she made soon, she’s gonna be just as unhappy.  Will hyssop go with any of it?

That Pontious Farm, they have a big herb patch.  There is, not very well displayed, in the buying shed, a diagram of the herbs.  Or you can do like me, just go around pinching a tip here and there to see what seems good.  So, this crazy green leaf with blue flowers with an intense taste of licorice and not a little dab of sweetness.  What the hell was it.  We picked a bunch–you pick as many herbs as will fit in the size baggie you grab.  Hyssop it finally turned out.  Also in our bag parsley, thyme, mints, dill, rosemary, tons of lemon balm that we mistook for sorrel, “wild” marjoram, and then later when I discovered we missed the whole basil patch, a smaller baggie filled with three or so kinds of basil.  After that we hit the fields for the aforementioned berries.  We also picked up a few summer squash, even fewer cucumbers, and fewest gooseberries.  And the onions, which are easy to pick.  But not the purslane.  I weeded their herb garden for them, grabbing several bunches of purslane, that I figured was mine for the grabbing, only to forget it before leaving.

The U-pick materials went in the car with our fare from the Urbana Farmer’s Market, reputedly the biggest in the state.  From that market we got plenty of tomatoes, an melon called only, “Asian”, summer squash, shallots, flat Saturn or donut peaches, a gallon of blackberries, rocket, cilantro, and did I mention tomatoes?  Oh, and walnuts that were at the market but may or may not be really local; we got conflicting reports.

Good thing I did not buy anything from Chad at the Eli’s Cheesecake Market, being to schmoozy that day.  He did let me take home the clincher sized beet I had used to decorate our booth at the market.  Later on Thursday, I picked up the week’s CSA with cucumbers, summer squash, purple kale, green beans, potatoes, apricots, and summer apples.

That beet, at least the greens from that beet went into Thursday dinner, a mixed vegetable pasta medley, using previously grilled and marinated veg (summer squash, eggplants, onions, jalepenos).  Friday night, we steamed the green beans and some potatoes (not the latest potatoes but some older “new” potatoes) and dressed it with a Lebanese style garlic sauce.  We also had tomato-feta (Wisconsin feta) on imported whole wheat rusks.    A veggie Shabbat after last week’s porky repast.

Before the new stuff came in, we made a wonderful meal of leftovers.  Re-heated the grits and sauteed kale.  Put the two in small casuelas, added a fried duck egg (Wettstein’s) and topped with a cherry tomato/jalepeno/onion salsa fresca.  This should be on the menu at Mado.  Mado is the reason we did not eat at home on Tuesday, as we ate big steak there.

So far this week, I’ve made my Greek salad for lunch one day.  For the next day’s lunch, I expanded things, I combined the Greek salad with the leftover green beans in one efficient bowl.  Beyond eating much Greek salad, I am not sure what else will be on the menu this week besides my problems.  Check back next Monday to see what I and the rest of the Local Family did.


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Homegrown Wisconsin CSA News

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Posted: July 28, 2009 at 8:32 am

I received news in my inbox regarding Homegrown Wisconsin, the popular farmers cooperative that provides organic produce to local restaurants and consumers (via their CSA).

The member farms have collectively sold the CSA business to their manager, Deb Hansen. To quote the letter from the cooperative farmers: “It has been a challenge for us to run our individual farms and the HGW cooperative, and we expect that the CSA will thrive as a private business.”

The CSA will be renamed “Simply Wisconsin”.

I am a HGW CSA customer (follow my ongoing blog posts covering the deliveries) and I certainly hope that this change works out for the better. Personally, I enjoyed the fact that as a customer of a cooperative, I knew that the farmers owned the company that I wrote my check to. Now, I do have to consider that there is a middleman, of sorts.

I’ll be posting any developments in this blog as this season moves to a close and the winter season starts.


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Grand Finale @ Eli’s – Debbie Hillman and Jim Braun – UPDATED

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Posted: July 28, 2009 at 8:21 am

If last week’s festivities with the “Slice” joining in with Redmoon Theater as well as an AM Tweet-up was not grand enough, the Eli’s Cheesecake/Wright College Local Food Series ends with a real bang this week.  The featured speakers are Debbie Hillman and Jim Braun, shepherds of the recently passed Illinois Food and Farms Act.  For background on the Act see what Debbie and Jim wrote on the Local Beet in March (note this link also includes links to related reports).  So, let’s list the reasons for coming to Eli’s this Thursday, July 30, 1 PM (and please add in the comments any reasons we have missed):

  • Learn about the Illinois Food and Farm Act
  • Get some “inside baseball” on how a bill is passed in the Illinois Assembly
  • Enjoy the pipes of Jim Braun–he’s the kinda guy who can hold you rapt reading from the phone book
  • Learn some Slow Food.  Braun is a Director and can relate how Slow Food is becoming a more political, activist organization.
  • Form your own Food Policy Council.  Hillman organized and leads a Food Policy Council in Evanston.  Learn how she did it, so you can duplicate in your community.
  • Celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a FREE slice of Eli’s Cheesecake from 11 until 2
  • Meet the Beet.  We will be manning our market table again from about 10 until 1.  We are there to answer all your eat local questions including how to prepare your seasonal foods, where to find various products, and how to preserve and store your seasonal bounty.

UPDATE:

Through our pal Andie at Eli’s, we learn of at least one more good reason to be at Eli’s tomorrow:

  • Jugglers



Burnout and Goals Met

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Posted: July 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

A hawk was circling the house the other day for a few moments, calling out in that echoing hawk cry that reminds me how few squirrels and chipmunks I’ve seen in our yard this year. Maybe it’s the fences and cages I’ve put up, and maybe it is Mr. or Ms. Hawk. But the only pest problem I’ve had has been insects.

I watched a small flock of non-hawk birds perch on top of my Square Foot Garden cages and try pecking through the plastic netting at the ants and slugs crawling around the soil. Certainly, any man-made endeavor disrupts the natural way of things, and a garden is no exception (although not as big an affront to nature as a typical American farm). These birds looked legitimately confused, and spent a good minute wondering how to get through the poultry netting. Are the SFGs that tempting? Maybe they’re just impressed with the crops.

I no longer was. One of the problems with relying on the local, seasonal harvest is burnout. I had absolutely had it with collard and broccoli greens, and was in the process of pulling out these plants from the Square Foot Gardens to make way for the potted pepper plants. Then we had dinner at our friends’ house.

I owe a shout-out to Gigi and Tim, who cooked us an outstanding home-grown meal. Granted, between them they have a plant biology degree and generations of gardening in their pedigrees. But they really outshone themselves this year. Except for the dressing, the salad was entirely grown within view of the patio where we ate it (mesclun and green-leaf lettuce, beet leaves and beets, carrots, raspberries and onion). The chicken was marinated in a pesto made from their bounteous basil and the yellow squash had been picked that afternoon.

We contributed the last of our cauliflower heads to the meal, but Tim’s masterful steaming of collard greens with a hint of margarine and salt convinced me that I’m not tired of eating greens after all. I was just tired of eating them sautéed or in my omelets. He convinced me to steam some broccoli leaves along with some freshly picked beans, and I’m happy to say it put them in a whole new light.

I have no elegant recipes to prepare anything I’ve grown. I’ll leave that to Chef Graham. I’m just happy to be consuming my veggies a few yards away from the soil that grew them. I still take pride in finding nothing to eat in the pantry, then going out into the garden and harvesting breakfast.

And I’m pleased to say I’ve met my goal. As of mid-July, I can confidently state that if I had to feed my family of four on nothing but what we grew in our backyard, we could all eat three meals a day for two days! The two whiniest, most complaining days of the year. My children would be through with the collard greens, spinach and beans during the first breakfast.

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Chive and ramp flowers
Fortunately, the harvest isn’t over. And, as I mentioned above, we’re lucky to have friends and relatives growing and sharing food as well. Kim has already baked us two delicious pies, filled with raspberries the boys picked from their grandparents’ backyard. There was still plenty left to eat raw off the stems.

I have harvested a heaping handful of wax pencil beans, and my older boy enjoys eating them raw off the plant. Three hot peppers have grown to fruition and our first batch of potatoes was fried up with an omelet just last weekend. It was a bit disappointing to note how few (and tiny) the tubers were compared to their yard-long stems and leaves, but they were very tasty. I’ve become much more conscious of every bite when I eat from the garden. Partly because there’s less food from the garden than is available at a restaurant or grocery store, so every bite counts. But partly because I think while I eat. I think about how much time I’ve spent watering and digging and fretting and building and how it’s all there in each bite of food. I remember watching the boys get their fingernails black with soil as they pulled the potatoes out of the ground an hour before eating them. I eat broccoli and kick myself for not having put the tall-growing plant on the NORTH side of the raised bed. I munch parsley and make a mental note at how easily it grows from seed and how much it sprawls if I let it. I taste the heat of a pepper and consider how growing it in a pot let more solar heat penetrate the roots than those peppers in the ground. I contemplate which varieties I would plant again and which I never want to see again.

So far, it’s been a fairly cheap farming education. And I’m already thinking that next year, I can easily double my goal.

Expenses: $250
Financial Benefits: $95
Last Year’s Meals: Three squares, one day.
This Year’s Meals: Three squares, two days plus most of breakfast.




Kingsolver’s Immediate Impact

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Posted: July 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm

As a consumer food public relations and marketing professional, my job relies on finding, building and communicating stories for my client’s food brands. Storytelling is a magical and romantic way to connect with a listener and, if done right, compels the listener to take action on a delivered message.

For the purpose of this blog, I am taking on the role as a listener and Barbara Kingsolver is my storyteller. Kingsolver has penned a book that is shaping the way we think about how we consume food and where it comes from. In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, she takes the reader on her family’s year long journey to eat as closely to home as possible by living off their land and neighboring farmers land.

As an urbanite living off my land (e.g. the herb boxes along my condo patio railing) is not a possibility but I find as the localvore movement has grown I have many more options to consume food items grown and raised more closely to my home. Farmers markets, local boutique grocery shops and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs have allowed me to access local bounty to please my weekly cooking needs. My hope is to learn a bit more about the impact of eating local and also pick-up a few new ideas for cooking with seasonal ingredients.

As I have begun reading there are quite a few alarming statistics that have jumped off the page. Industrial-scale agriculture has not only dictated what we eat in the US but is also taking over nations that would normally seem untouched by outside influence. Here are a few items Kingsolver brings to our attention that really irked me:

* Modern U.S. Consumers consume less than 1 percent of vegetable varieties that were grown in the US a century ago

* In Peru, famers once grew more than 4,000 varieties of potatoes but now due to the industrial agriculture influence they grow fewer than a couple dozen varieties

* In our history we have eaten over 80,000 plant species. Today, we as humans consume only eight species (largely due to changes in precipitation and rise of genetically modified corn, soy and canola)

I love food. I love new flavors, building dishes and discovering new ingredients to deliver something tasty. As I become more skilled in the kitchen, I hunger for more variety. How can I go about feeding my passion and my belly if thousands of varieties and species of plants are becoming extinct?! My concrete patio is not going to come to the rescue any time soon but through weekly trips to my local farmers market and weekly CSA packages I hope to play with and promote new plants that may help push others to wake-up to what we are all missing.

As I read through this book, I will continue to blog on how it’s impacted my life and how I find balance with what I know and what I’m learning. How do you plan to explore undiscovered plant and animal varieties to save our taste buds and our diet?


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What’d Ya Put Up Last Week? Monday, July 27th, 2009
Bloggin’ My CSA: Taco Edition Friday, July 24th, 2009
It Is Summer on the Local Calendar Friday, July 24th, 2009
Getting Fresh in Geneva Friday, July 24th, 2009
Cook with The Sustainable Cook Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Local Leftovers Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
A Visit to the Hopleaf Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Bloggin’ My CSA: Delivery 3 Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
A Better Fish Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Wednesday Late Eat Local Links Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Edible Chicago Extra Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Visiting The Gary Comer Youth Center’s Rooftop Garden Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Meet the Beet @ Eli’s Cheesecake – Thursday Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Eat Local Canada Video Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Jews Who Eat Pork on Menu Monday Monday, July 20th, 2009
Get Porky With Your Local Calendar Friday, July 17th, 2009
Another Fresh Screening Friday, July 17th, 2009
Mosher on Chicago Tonight Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Eat Local Later – How Are You Preparing Thursday, July 16th, 2009
It’s Linky Wednesday Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Chef at the Market: Taste and See Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
The Uncommon Ground at Uncommon Ground Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Orrin Williams at Eli’s Cheesecake on Thursday Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
Sody Pop Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
The Mishigas of Menu Monday on Tuesday Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
Guest Blogger Carrie Becker & Kingsolver Monday, July 13th, 2009
July Garden Report Monday, July 13th, 2009
Tasting With The Master Monday, July 13th, 2009
Free-range and freshly-harvested. . . Monday, July 13th, 2009
Zucchini “Latkes” Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Lunch In Over 140 Characters Saturday, July 11th, 2009
You Learn Something New Everyday Friday, July 10th, 2009
How Much Local Can You Find Your Local Calendar Friday, July 10th, 2009
Scratch Michael’s Zucchini Itch Friday, July 10th, 2009
Carrot Day @ Eli’s Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Alefest Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Carrie Nahabedian @ Eli’s Today – 1 PM Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Mounds of Butter Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Bloggin’ My CSA: Second of Ten Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
The Return of Linky Wednesday Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
What’s For Dinner? The Fridge Knows Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
The Many Uses of Homemade Mayo Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Can with the Master Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Minocqua: Rice in Beer…That’s Wild! Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Santorini – The Case for Local Food Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
The Months of Greek Salad Begin Around This Menu Monday Monday, July 6th, 2009
Logan Square Farmers Market: A Photo Essay Monday, July 6th, 2009
Something Old, Something New Monday, July 6th, 2009
Bloggin’ My CSA: Delivery #1 is Over Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Another Site Improvement Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Make It a Local Taste of Chicago Friday, July 3rd, 2009
Your Market is Probably Open This Weekend Friday, July 3rd, 2009
A Few Misc. Links Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Eli’s Cheesecake Market Today – Still Time! Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Stop Me Before I Buy Again Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Terra Talks Today @ Eli’s Cheesecake Factory Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
Local Meal Pic of the Moment: Pasta Edition Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
Nothing Like Good, Clean Film: Fresh, the Movie Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
New Green City Market Website Launches Wednesday, July 1st, 2009