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Local Plate

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Smart, well-designed dinner ware reminds us to eat local.

According to the United Nations 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are from food production. That's more than transportation, and second only to electricity production. Studies show local food creates 4 to 10 times less greenhouse gases during production than typical supermarket fare. You can scream EAT LOCAL! until you're hoarse, but sometimes you need to give people visual cues to......read more

What's A Farmbox?

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In Washington D.C., Shawn Traylor begins his odyssey with Community Supported Agriculture.

A few weeks ago, I was kicking around in Adams Morgan on a Saturday morning. The residue from Snowpocalypse 2010 had finally melted, the sun was shining, and I was feeling fine. I turned the corner onto Columbia Road, and saw a big white delivery truck where a smiling, bearded man was handing happy people boxes of gorgeous produce. “What’s this?” I thought. I meandered over to investigate.......read more

Band Of Horses "Compliments"

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Landscapes intertwine in vid for lead single off Seattle band's upcoming record.

This video is either the perfect visual interpretation of the new Band Of Horses song, or totally off the mark. Directed by photographer Christopher Wilson, the trippy nature photomontage seems a bit detached from the rootsy vibe of the tune. But then the intertwining landscapes somehow fit with vague lyrics questioning the existence of God. In any case, it looks cool. The new Band Of Horses......read more

From The Farmbox

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With his salsify apple crabcakes, Shawn Traylor turns an unsightly root vegetable into a delicious thing of beauty.

If you happen to be making a list of (or song about, coffee table book on…) the world’s filthiest and/or ugliest vegetables, please make sure to include salsify on your list. Would you just look at how ugly these things are?!? But, through the miracle of Photoshop, look how purty I made them.   I jest. No Photoshop trickery here, just some peeling, boiling, mashing, mixing,......read more

From the Farmbox

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Pics and notes from our NYC event with Wired.

So, I’m from Louisiana. And though I can’t be certain, I’m fairly sure that we Louisianians, categorically, are not known for eating a lot of beets. The same cannot be said for Russians, for whom beets……   Damn. I was about to say “are like potatoes to us." But that ain’t quite right. Russians heart their potatoes rather......read more

Farmers Markets Exploding

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In spite of exponential growth, farmers markets still only account for a tiny proportion of U.S. food economy.

Over at Grist, Bonnie Azab Powell reports that farmers markets are growing like weeds all over the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 6,132 farmers markets in the United States, a 16% increase from last year and a 214% increase from 2000. California leads the charge with 580 markets, followed by New York, Illinois, and Michigan. However, only one sixth of......read more

Farmers' Market on Wheels

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Mobile farm trucks bring local, sustainable produce to the people.

If, like us, you're into eating sustainably and supporting local agriculture, but you're not as into driving across town to the closest farmers' market, then get stoked for the latest trend in food distribution: Mobile Farm Trucks. Like a CSA on wheels, Mobile Farm Trucks (or Mobile Farmers' Markets) deliver farm fresh produce to urban and rural communities. As Judi Gerber of......read more

April Bloomfield: Farm to Table

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Celebrated chef sources sustainable essentials in upstate New York.

As executive chef of beswarmed NYC hotspots The Spotted Pig and The Breslin, April Bloomfield has earned a reputation for creating simple, unpretentious dishes with meat playing the starring role. But, as we learned from Nowness, the celebrated chef is big into veggies too. “I love my veggies,” says the chef. “Sometimes I could just do without the meat.” Brazilian photographer Marcelo......read more

Organic Orange Orchard

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Isabelle Cossart accidently joins the local food movement.

It's been a tumultuous few years for Isabelle Cossart. First, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, then Hurricane Katrina tore through her neighborhood, then her husband left her for her best friend. In the ensuing divorce she was left with a three-plus acre fruit orchard, and was suddenly transformed into a farmer. Turns out she's pretty good at it. The produce from Cossart's......read more

Hearty Greens

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Give greens a chance.

Leafy greens get a bum rap. You're not going to find many die-hard fanatics of kale or chard. Mention to your household that you're cooking turnip, mustard, collard or beet greens for dinner, and you're likely to be met with a scrunched up face or two. At the Portland Farmers Market Blog, we stumbled on a great post from Jane Pellicciotto, who offers some convincing arguments in......read more

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