Memorial Weekend brought some hoped-for rains, but overall, recovery from the US drought will be a long haul. The long-term dry spell is expected to hurt many crops, and threatens water supplies for more than two dozen small towns, in Central and West Texas.
Cops. Lawyers. Doctors. Even ice road truck drivers have all received their due on TV, either in fictional or “true life” series. It was about time farmers got some exposure. Meet the inordinately attractive and active King family of Freedom Farms in western Pennsylvania. They’ll get you learning about CSAs, family farms, and as a bonus, show what biceps look like when they’re used every day. Indeed, you may get healthier just watching this show on Great American Country TV.
Did you know there are now more than 8,000 active farmers’ markets operating in the U.S.? Connect with one near you using this state-by-state list, which also links to programs for growers and cottage food makers.
Little did they know, when the students of Clarkson University pushed to have a more sustainable campus, they’d be learning to love goat cheese. Even Executive Chef Kyle Mayette admits goat cheese is an acquired taste. But it is a vital component of a delectable chicken sandwich that’s winning over hearts, minds and palates at Clarkson’s new all-local food grill.
Apples, strawberries, grapes and celery. All of these are healthy foods, but unfortunately they arrive at the grocery with the highest pesticide residues and top the latest “Dirty Dozen” list released by the Environmental Working Group. The other Dirty Dozen foods include some of the most delectable fruits and vegetables. You’ll just have to buy the organic versions if you want to avoid the trace pesticides that ride along.
WASHINGTON — Farm to Table refers to a movement promoting locally grown food which has been gaining traction in recent years. But not many people know that, before the movement was launched, a touring group was bringing “table to farm” to connect consumers to where their food comes from. It’s still doing that. One culinary adventure also honors local farmers.
As Congress considers the latest Farm Bill, which will surely contain gobs of money for the row crops that support livestock, but perhaps more than before to prop up fruit and vegetable farmers, this is a 2010 graphic that brings it all into perspective:
We don’t really need the federal government to tell us to appreciate Farmer’s Markets. It’s pretty obvious how these markets can help us — bringing the freshest produce to town, supporting local farmers and food artisans, increasing our “food security” and expanding our universe of healthy options.