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:

Let’s Get Back with This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

Happy Tamar-Day

Save a Pepper, Eat a Pepper – 3rd Annual Beaver Dam Celebration September 20 at Green City Market

Easy Ways to Eat Local Later

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Eat Local Eggplant

Weekly Harvest Has a Some Maps and Other Eat Local Links

Eat Local Fry-Up

Weekly Harvest of Places Where they Are Eating Local + Other Links

Eat Local Peppers

Another Harvest of Eat Local Links (with Unfortunate Sad News)

This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links is Today

Tomatoes Make Everything Taste Better/Eat Local Tomatoes Now

The Many Ways to Put Away Tomatoes

A Week and a Day Since We Harvested Our Eat Local Links

Another Harvest of Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s In Season Now, Whole Roasted Tomatoes

This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

What’s In Season Now: Stale Bread

Time Passes, Time to Tamar

It’s Another Week of the Summer Harvest of Eat Local Links

Just Enough Coals, Plenty of Water and Some Really Old Produce – It’s Tamaring Time Again

Start Your Week Off With Our Harvest of Eat Local Links

The Will to Locavore

Getting a Head Start on Your Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Getting to This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links – Wood, Cheese and Plenty to Drink

If It’s Thursday There Must Be an Interesting Speaker at Eli’s

Time Again for Our Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Only One Day Off from a Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

What Irv Gets Right

The End of the Lazy Locavore and the Return of Tamarday

I Keep on Harvesting Your Eat Local Links

On a Roll, The Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

A Streak of Two – The Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

A New Streak of Weekly Harvests Starts Now

If It’s This Week, It’s Weekly – Eat Local Links

Vegetables are People Too!

Next Weekly Harvest of Flawed Indices & More Eat Local Links

Eat This

What’s Not in Season is In Season

Each Week, We Harvest Some Eat Local Links for Your Extra Reading

The Talking Farm Holds Fundraiser To Support Expansion of Urban Farm

Irv and Shelly Welcome You to Fresh Picks + Farmers, Pig Roast & More – Sunday April 6

Jeannie’s Here With the Other Eat Local Links We’ve Harvested

This Does Seem Like a Weekly Harvest (Of Eat Local Links)

Special Harvest of Good Food Festival Links

Farmer’s Markets are Not Bullshit

Our Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Pretty Soon It Will Be a Weekly Harvest Again

It’s A Good Food Week

Good Food Festival and More Eat Local Links – The Weekly Harvest

Are We Still a Local Family

Several Friends in One Place – Winter Market with the Sugar Beet on Sat March 1

Happy Anniversary Good Food Festival

The Return of the Weekly Harvest

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links of Jamaican Ham and other Good Reads

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Turkey Talk and Other Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Food Absurdity and Other Eat Local Links

The Return of Inventory or Of Course We’re Not Gonna Stop Eating Local

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Are These the Pictures of a Last Market?

Weekly Harvest of Places to Eat Local Links

RECYCLED – Make Your Own Root Cellar/Store Your Own Food

It’s Root Cellar Season – David Hammond’s Root Cellar Diaries

The Local Food Remains a Click Away – Shop with Local Beet Sponsor Fresh Picks

The Fate of VB6 Decided (For Now)

Weekly Harvest of Marathon and Other Good Links

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links includes Paw Paws and More

The Fate of VB6 Continued – I’m Right or They’re Wrong

The Fate of VB6 – Knowing How to Best Eat

This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links Goes for Many Challenges

Meet the Original Locavore – THIS SATURDAY!

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Local Eating Here and There

Yes! Local Food Still Widely Available

Celebrate Eat Local Day – September 22

The Fate of VB6

The Weekly Harvest of Where the Local Family is and Other Eat Local Links

28 Days Just Flew By

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Weekly Harvest of Not All Eat Local Links

There’s Other Places to Find Local Food for Your Labor Day BBQ

Back to School with this Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

Recycled – 44 Ways to Use Local Peaches

Support Purple Asparagus by Attending Corks & Crayons This Sunday – Aug 25

Wendy and More in This Week’s Harvest of Eat Local Links

You Can Find Local Food This Weekend at Caputo’s, Sunset Foods – Where Else?

It Helps to Be a Locavore – VB6ing Week 2

The Weekly Harvest of Where the Condiment Queen May Eat and Other Eat Local Links

UPDATED! – See What I’m Eating and Not Eating on VB6

Weekly Harvest Finds Jeannie and Other Eat Local Links

Yup, Start Counting, Today Marks Day 1 of 28 Days of VB6

Local Food EveryWhere – Keeping on Top of Dominick’s and the Rest of the Grocery Stores

Weekly Harvest of Eat Local Links

The Weekly Harvest Finds Opportunities to Eat Local in DC, Alabama, Texas?

Dominick’s Keeping Their Promise and Other Local Food in the Grocery Stores

The Woes of a Locavore