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What Happens When a Family Farmer Learns She Actually Runs a Corporate Farm?

What Happens When a Family Farmer Learns She Actually Runs a Corporate Farm?

Straight From the Farmer’s Mouth shares stories about farming as told by farmers. Plucked from the countless blogs tirelessly kept by the people who grow and make our food, this series shows food from the other side of the table.  I AM a Corporate Farm! For years now I’ve been using this family pic during my farming presentations saying “We are a corporate farm and here’s our Board of Directors.” I was actually being facetious […]

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October 22, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture

Food News Fast – October 20, 2014

Source: Cinagro Farms

Willing to get dirty to find true love? Try weed dating at a farm near you. [Modern Farmer] Red wine might help clear your face of acne once and for all. [Munchies] To cash in on the Halloween industry, one farmer turned his pumpkins into pumpkinsteins. [New York Times] ABC went inside McDonald’s to see how their patties and nuggets are actually produced. Now you can see it too. October is cider season and a […]

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October 20, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

With Fast Food’s Bait-and-Switch There’s No Truth in Advertising

Dario D.

With a mind-boggling number of products to choose from, advertising is everything. It’s especially true in the food industry. Unlike vacuum cleaners which probably aren’t purchased more often than every few years, people need food multiple times a day, every day. This means that every Taco Bell advertisement on the way to your office is another enticement to eat there for lunch. Each magazine ad for Crunch bars is a reason to buy those and […]

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October 15, 2014 at 8:00 amFeatures

Food News Fast – October 13, 2014

Credit: The Sugar Cube

For time-strapped families, rethinking the definition of home-cooked meals is the only way to eat. [National Geographic] A farm-crime story of the Chinese spies who tried to steal U.S. seed technology. [Al Jazeera America] Pine nuts are a foraged commodity that come from pine forests in remote regions of the world. [NPR] Though corn today is processed and harvested by machines, an annual corn husking competition puts nimble hands to the test. [Harvest Public Media] […]

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October 13, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Berries

Credit: Flickr

This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  Our farm is located on land that was […]

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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

What We Talk About When We Talk About James Beard

America’s First Foodie is an upcoming documentary that tells the story of James Beard’s impact on the culinary world. Today, the James Beard awards are the height of culinary or food-media achievement. Yet many of us only have a cursory understanding of the impact Beard himself had on food as we eat it. The filmmakers have this to say about him, “At a time of “all things French,” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to […]

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October 10, 2014 at 8:00 amColumns Culture Food Fund Fridays

New Project Lets You Delve Into Farms of the Past

"Tenant purchase client Mr. Crowell, near Isola, Mississippi Delta, with new hay rake and mules"
Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, 1939.

Have you ever wondered what your town looked like in the past? Do you find yourself clicking on those photos that show identical street views today and twenty years ago? If so, Photogrammar might be for you. Yale University runs the project known as Photogrammar, a website devoted to organizing and showing the 170,000 government-commissioned photos dating back from 1935 to 1945. Photographers roamed the United States, capturing American life and, in the process, evidence […]

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October 8, 2014 at 2:12 pmCulture Multimedia

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

When Would You Say No to a Free Cupcake or Brownie?

In a sort-of-prank filmed by Running Late with Scott Rogowsky, two guys stand outside a gym offering people free desserts. One man takes the cupcake gladly, as though he was hoping for an excuse to avoid his morning workout anyway. Others are baffled, some flat out angry. A funny experiment to see whether human will can triumph over dessert in the battle for exercise (and possibly truth, justice, and world peace). Table Scraps is a Food […]

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October 8, 2014 at 9:59 amColumns Table Scraps

Food News Fast – October 6, 2014

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Just how much are you losing by drinking at the bar instead of at home? [Quartz] New York State is using vending machines to promote local food. [Modern Farmer] The pork industry may not be known for environmental conservation but in terms of food waste, they’re using the whole hog. [NPR] How many vegetarians and vegans are there in the United States and what do they want? [Jayson Lusk] At the C.I.A. Starbucks, even coffee […]

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October 6, 2014 at 9:49 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Summer Harvest: Summer Squash

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This series is for farmers, gardeners, or anyone overloaded with produce. Written by Monica Johnson, a woman who farmed her way from Brooklyn, NY to her current home in Deep East Texas, “Putting Up Your Summer Harvest” is full of tips and tricks to keep your food waste down and your culinary enjoyment lasting throughout the colder seasons. Enjoy these clever ways to preserve your fruitful harvest.  Summer squash are related to winter squash, such […]

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October 3, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes