Meet Shimizu San, a Japanese restaurant owner who grows his own wheat and makes his own udon. Take a moment and watch his ode to udon — a simple and centered take on sustainable living and eating. And it looks delicious!
When I first visited Quail Hill Farm in late March, the new batch of farm apprentices had only recently arrived. Farm work is typically a one-season contract, so young farmers move around a lot, working on new farms every year. I've always been curious: who are these young farmers who've signed up for a 5-8 month contract working on a CSA farm? How did they come to farming? Do they have time to eat what they grow? What do they think about city folk like me coming out to ask them a bunch of questions? Meet Barrie, Rachel, Kate, Sean, and Calvin.
Two weeks ago the internet was abuzz over this Stanford study claiming organic produce was no more nutritious than conventional. But did they miss some key points? Yes, argues one writer at Mother Jones.
Are organic fruits and vegetables more nutritious than their conventionally-grown counterparts? The debate has raged for years, and now the results from a four-year study conducted by scientists from Stanford University say that, no, organic produce doesn't get any extra points for nutrition. But organic food advocates say the study missed a few key points:
Three years ago I wrote a post asking if $7.50 was too much to pay for a dozen eggs. The eggs in question were gathered from pasture-raised chickens and in my post I brought up how pasture-raised poultry was handled differently than free-range or cage-free and why it was worth it to me. The debate in the comment section was lively, as I'm sure you can imagine. Today I usually pay $6.00 per dozen to a different farmer for my eggs, which leads me to question: do you seek out pasture-raised eggs and are you willing to pay more for them?
The folks at Amagansett Sea Salt Company want you to know you're wrong about salt. Think it's supposed to be uniform in color, texture, and shape? They beg to differ. They say the best salt is kind of a mess — irregularly shaped, filled with natural moisture, color and, of course, a wide variety of flavors and tastes. Just see if you don't agree after watching Food Curated's video profile — looks pretty great to us!
When you bring home organic vegetables from the farmers' market or grocery store, it's tempting to just give them a quick rinse rather than a thorough washing. But they're pesticide-free, you say! And a little dirt is good for you, right? But there's good reason not to forgo the wash, according to Mother Jones. Here's why:
During the holiday season there are bound to be local grocers offering special deals to help you save on your entertaining bill. But want to a know a secret? It doesn't get any fresher or cheaper than what's at your local farmers' markets right now. Is your freezer ready?
Trying to eat and buy local is all well and good until I can purchase a giant tub of cottage cheese from my local Costco for $5. Writing for a food blog leaves me with a little guilt about that, but this new website helped me discover that my tasty breakfast snack comes from a dairy farm right here in Illinois! Want to see where your dairy comes from?