Archive for October, 2014

Think Your Food Is Safe on Grocery Store Conveyor Belts? Think Again.

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If you’re squeamish about the thought of unseen bacterium and pathogens, stop reading. A 2009 study found contamination on 100% of tested grocery store conveyor belts. Though they often seem clean, a lack of dust doesn’t mean they aren’t a breeding ground for bacteria. The question to ask ourselves us is whether these grocery store workhorses have the potential to make us sick. Conveyor belts might seem like the most technologically advanced part of your shopping experience […]

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October 29, 2014 at 8:00 amNews

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Farmer

A Day in the Life of a Dairy Farmer

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 often get asked: “Well what do you do all day? ” So I thought it was overdue that I laid out what HAS to be done EVERYDAY on our farm. Dairy Farming is a 365 […]

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October 29, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture

Food News Fast – October 27, 2014

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Fresh Corner Cafe is putting gourmet salads into Detroit gas stations. [Civil Eats] In the world of tiki bars and rum and fruit juice cocktails, Beachbum Jeff Berry is king. [Eater] In defense of eating seal meat. [Munchies] More cities are adopting policies preventing giving food to the homeless. [NPR] Walter Wheat has written a parody bread cookbook titled “Breaking Bread” As if we didn’t have enough food guilt, plants know when they’re being eaten. […]

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October 27, 2014 at 8:00 amFood News Fast News

Putting Up Your Harvest: Halloween Pumpkins

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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 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. Pumpkins are lining store walkways and decorating homes everywhere. […]

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October 24, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

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

When Fast Food Slows Down

When Fast Food Slows Down

You know the market for artisinal, craft foods is booming when some of the world’s biggest food companies try to cash in on the action. Fast food and soda have been scrambling to stay relevant with that key group of consumers you hear so much about – millennials. Sales of cheap, sweet sodas, burgers, fries, tacos, and more have been slowing for a decade or more. Per capita soda consumption in the United States has […]

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October 22, 2014 at 8:00 amCulture Features

Can Grocery Delivery Make the Post Office Relevant Again?

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The Post Office is struggling. Though offerings like Amazon Prime which gives customers unlimited two-day shipping have made it easier for people to shop by mail, stamped envelopes are going out of fashion. As the Post Office’s 2013 Sustainability Report shows, their mail volume has fallen from 176.74 billion in 2009 to 158.38 billion in 2013. Meanwhile, their “net profits” have been losses. Last year, they were down almost five billion dollars. In addition to decreasing revenue, the […]

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October 20, 2014 at 11:42 amCulture

Food News Fast – October 20, 2014

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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

Moving Past Your Summer Harvest into the Cold Months

Moving Past Your Summer Harvest into the Cold Months

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 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. For most, the cooler months are a sign that […]

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October 17, 2014 at 10:27 amAgriculture Seasonal Recipes

This Product is Lying About One Dairy’s Farming Practices

This Product is Lying About One Dairy’s Farming Practices

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.  Lifeway Is Lying About Our Farm It was a year ago when I ran into a few board members from our cooperative at World Dairy Expo. The Golden Guernsey plant in Waukesha had suddenly closed and I […]

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October 15, 2014 at 8:00 amAgriculture