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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

From the Farmbox

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A journey into community supported agriculture continues. On the menu: Poached arctic char with Italian dandelion contorni.

Dandelions! Greens! Is it? Can it be? It must be! (drum roll please)…It’s SPRING!   It’s enough to make my blue eyes turn turquoise. No kidding.   Now, if you’re like me, then your normal recipe for dandelions is a good hard yank with a garden-gloved fist followed by a cold beer for all your hard work. But seeing as these were Italian dandelions, that just......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' 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

Wal-Mart to Sell More Local Produce

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World's largest grocer announces sustainable agriculture program.

The local food movement made a very large friend last week, when Wal-Mart announced a sustainable agriculture program that includes a plan to double the amount of locally grown produce sold at its stores by the end of 2015. The company says the goals will enable small- and medium-sized farm owners around the world to increase revenues, improve local economies and reduce their impact on the......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

BrightFarms Brings Rooftop Produce to Supermarkets

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NYC company wants grocery stores to raise on the roof

By standard definition, "local food" is that which is produced within 100 miles of where it's sold. BrightFarms wants you to forget that. The New York-based greenhouse company aims to shift our understanding of local-ness by bringing rooftop gardens to the place where consumers buy food: the supermarket. Launched in January 2011, BrightFarms' vision is to convince grocery retailers to grow......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

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

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