The Local Beet: Contributors

Rob Gardner

Rob Gardner

Local Beet Editor and Publisher Robert Gardner, one of the founding members of LTHForum.com, loves to eat. He’s discovered that the way to eating bliss is by eating local. Beyond pleasing the palate, Gardner and his family have discovered the many other benefits from eating local. Several years ago now, he and his family entered a quest to eat (nearly) all their food from the Upper Midwest, a food zone Gardner calls the Big Ten Conference. Gardner started chronicling his eat local habits on a blog, www.vitalinformation.blogspot.com, and he was one of the original contributors to the Eat Local Challenge blog (www.eatlocalchallenge.com ). In the summer of 2008, fellow foodie and blogger, Michael Morowitz suggested they team up and expand the noodlings of one locavore. They launched the Local Beet (www.thelocalbeet.com) to provide a Practical Approach to Local Eating. The site quickly became the premier resource for those seeking to eat good foods. Readers found the most complete farmer’s market finder in the Chicago area, including markets stretching beyond Illinois’s boundaries. They published a guide to CSAs (community supported agriculture farmers). Each week, the Local Beet provides a Local Calendar highlighting what’s in season, special markets, and other events of interest. The Weekly Harvest collects links from around the world of local eating. Various other news and events are captured on the Local Beet’s Blog. Michael and Rob recruited fellow travelers to give expertise on a variety of topics including local beer and wine, cheesemaking, foraging and home canning. Rob has worked with a variety of groups and programs building better local food systems. He worked closely with the Eli’s Farmer’s Market and their local food lecture series. He was on the Steering Committee for the Slow Food Chicago Daley Plaza Eat-In, and he has served as Moderator for Green City Market’s Locavore Challenge Town Hall. He has served on the Advisory Board for FamilyFarmed's Good Food Festival (formerly the Expo). In 2010, Rob was elected to the Board of Directors of Slow Food Chicago. Rob actively seeks to take the message of eating local and the Local Beet’s mission of a practical approach, to a wider audience. He contributed an essay to the Chicago Tribune’s Perspective section, and he as spoken to a range of audiences including North Park College, FamilyFarmed Expo, League of Woman Voters, and Midwest Foodways Alliance. Rob and his family’s eat local adventures have been featured on TV, radio and the newspaper including a segment on ABC’s LivewellHD network’s “Save My Planet”, the Chicago Sun Times, Medill News Service and the Oak Park Wednesday Journal. He has appeared on radio segments for WBEZ and WCPT and a TV segment for WBBM. He continues to relate the eat local lifestyle in the Local Family column on the Local Beet.

Posts by Rob Gardner:

Local Food Still in Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera

RECYCLED – The Many Ways to Put Away Tomatoes

Pining for Peppers on Menu Monday

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

It’s Busy Season – What’s in Season and Where to Find it Sponsored by Vera

What’s In Season Now – Local Food – (Hey John B)

What’s in Season Now – Preserving the Seasonal Bounty – Learn How Aug 29 with Angelic Organics Learning Center

On the Menu This Monday, Peppers That Taste More Serbian?

The Harvest is in Season and Where You Can Find it – Sponsored by Vera

The Little Over a Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s In Season Now – Corks & Crayons – Sunday August 23

Menu Monday has Pepper Possiblitities

Prepping the CSA Box

Many Local Tomatoes in Season and Where to Find Them – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

It’s Grand! – Official Opening of Sugar Beet Coop

RECYCLED: Eat Local Heirloom Tomatoes

Eat Local Cheese and Call It Turkish Breakfast

All is Not Gorgeous on Menu Monday

We Harvest Jeannie and More in this Week’s Summer Bounty of Links

Accelerate the Good Food Movement – Are You a Good Food Business Who Wants to Launch or Expand

We’re Number 2 – Eat Local Cheese

The Best Place to Start

Neat Things in Boston; David Hammond, Visionary; Good Work Stewarts, and More – Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Sugar Beet’s In Season, What Else and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera

The Best Way to Eat Your Vegetables

Eat Local Cheesecake – July 30, August 1 & 2

Menu Monday Writes Itself

What Do You Know in this Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s In Season and You Can Find It at the Regulars or Not – Sponsored by Vera

On Menu Monday It’s Apple Season

But Now We Have a Bigger Tent – Additional Tickets Available for Angelic Organics Peak Harvest Farm – July 25

The Great Tomato You Won’t Have and Other Eat Local Links

What’s In Season Now, Other Markets – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

How to Tell If You Have a New Potato – RECYCLED

Proudly Proud to Announce Another Sponsor – Chicago Market – Join Their Proud Independent Owners

A Lot of Fruit and Beet Greens Cooked

It Can Grow in Chicago and It Can Use Your Support

Not all the Local News Comes from Here in This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

The Prophecies of the Local Beet – Using Recycled Freezer Materials

Everything I Knew About Storing Herbs Was Wrong!!

Did Not Dress the Beets and Other Things Done in the Kitchen Last Week

What’s In Season and You Can Find it on the 4th of July – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

It’s Not all Good News in Our Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s In Season Now – Greek Salad (Kinda Recycled)

Don’t Dress the Beets and Other Notes for the Week

What’s In Season Now, Summer – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

The Weekly (ish) Harvest of Eat Local Links

Shared Interests

Is Your Market in Season Now (But With Strawberries) – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

We Find Ourselves Elsewhere in This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

The Local Family Pantry Makes Things Easy

Is Your Market in Season This Week and What You May Find – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

Holiday Weekend Edition of the Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Home Town Markets in Season – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

It’s a Matter of Timing

Some of This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links Have Insider Appeal

What Do You Do With Radishes

More Markets in Season Now – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

This Week’s Crop of Eat Local Links is Due for Harvest

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, All For You in One Turkish Breakfast for Lunch

We Give You More What’s In Season and More Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

Revised and Updated! – Local Beet Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Farmer’s Market Trip

We Get Some Pretty Cool Sponsors – Welcome Aboard Elizabeth Restaurant

We Look to Our Friends for This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

UPDATED! What’s In Season Is Newer, Where to Find It May Not Be in Chicago – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

With Earth Day A-Comin’, Why Not Commit to Eating Local

Less Than a Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

It’s Only in Season if Its Local

Old and New – What’s In Season Now and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Chicago

Welcome Back – A Long Standing Relationship with Our Sponsor Paul Virant and His Restaurants

The Not Quite Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

UPDATED! – We Won’t Be Having This Conversation Next Spring – Local Foods Coming Soon

You Can Find What’s In Season Now

This is Not Your Parent’s Spring Season

Irv and Shelly Have What’s In Season Now

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

For Local Food We Go to Wisconsin to Woodman’s

The Return of the Local Kid, Now With Newsletter

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s in Season Now (Salad) and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Chicago Restaurant

How to Brag About (Green) Salad

Best of Good Food Festival 2015

Living the Local Life – An 18 Point Guide (2015 Version)

Way to Go Local Cheese and Other Eat Local Links – The Weekly Harvest

When Will it Ever Get Warm, Thank God It’s Warm, Oh My God, It’s Warm

They Wanted Beer – Jim Slama Talks to Us About an 11th Good Food Festival

Vera Says Choose to Eat Local – What’s In Season and Where to Find It

Where Was My Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Vera Wants You to Know What’s in Season and Where to Find It

When You Have a CSA It Can Come About Now

Beet Classics – Talking ’bout CSAs – UPDATED!

There Was Still Time to Harvest the Eat Local Links

Never Stop Eating Local – What’s in Season and Where to Find It Sponsored by Vera Chicago

The Taste of Chicago Should Be Serbian

Us and Green Grocer Go Way Back….RECYCLED – Eating Green by Cassie Green

An Effective Locavore Takes Short Cuts

Congratulations to the Sugar Beet and Other Eat Local Links

Eat Local Later Now Because My CSA Did All the Work

My Winter Tomato Mountain CSA Gets Me Ready for Summer

What’s In Season and Where to Find It – Sponsored by Vera Chicago