Fresh Bytes, September 16, 2011

 Peeled late summer tomatoes, ready for saucing

Peeled late summer tomatoes, ready for saucing

Timely bits as fall begins in beautiful Kentucky:

Roasted Tomato Sauce. Most Kentucky gardeners and farmers' markets will have abundant, richly flavored tomatoes for several more weeks. To keep some of that bright goodness into winter, make and freeze amazingly easy and delicious roasted tomato sauce from the stylish Kentucky food blog, Gourmandistan.

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All about pawpaws. Beth Dotson Brown, author and host of The Goodness of the Garden, reports on the good and the "needs work" at Kentucky State University's Pawpaw Extravaganza Dinner last weekend, and then tells us how to cultivate our own pawpaw patch.

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Food Truckus Ruckus in Louisville on September 17. As Lexington considers how and whether to support a food truck and food cart economy, Louisville forges ahead, having put in place measures that regulate these small, new businesses about a year ago. One result in Louisville is the moveable feast that happens when lots of trucks converge in one place for a low-cost, high-flavor impromptu food festival: A Food Truckus Ruckus; the second of these takes place Saturday, September 17. Among many other tasty opportunities at this Ruckus, as part of a Slow Food USA $5 campaign aimed at  "taking back the value meal," Slow Food Bluegrass will partner with Fresh Start Growers' Supply to create a $5 meal that is fresh and healthy.

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Incredible Food Show party plans. One of the most esteemed and essential founding champions of local foods in central Kentucky, John Foster, writes about the party aspect of the upcoming Incredible Food Show for KYForward: Chef John Foster: Let's Party...At Incredible Food Show Oct. 8.

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How others see us. Read a Left Coast view of the central Kentucky region, complete with a lovely appreciation of Midway's historic, outstanding Holly Hill Inn: Kentucky's bluegrass region is easy to enjoy.

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Lunch and a cookbook. Cookbook author and cookbook-writing guide Maggie Green will star at a special luncheon at Holly Hill Inn on October 1. Lunch features recipes from Maggie's fine The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, and guests leave with a signed copy of the book as well as savory and sweet memories of tastes like Silver Dollar Corncakes with Oven-Baked Pumpkin Butter and Concord Grape Piettes with Pecan Streusel Topping. Call Donna at (859) 846-4732 for a reservation. Lunch and cookbook are $50.

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Market kudosBluegrass Farmers' Market ranked first in Kentucky for a second year, in an American Farmland Trust online contest. Congratulations!

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More Market kudos. So many of us love Lexington Farmers Market that USA Today included it in a photo essay of readers' 15 favorite markets in the Country. (Hat tip AA.)

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May we please have this at Kroger?BrightFarms, in New York City, created this business aimed at "ultra-local" food: Fresh produce grown on supermarket roof. The result? Better nutrition and zero food miles!

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Two new, wildly different ways to buy food. In South Korea, use a smartphone to order food on the way home from work, and the food is delivered to your home just after you arrive. Scroll down in this short story to watch the two minute video. Here in the USA, a new web service aims for farm-fresh produce at big-box prices. Check out the just-launched online "CSA aggregator" company, Farmigo, pronounced sometimes "Far-MEE-go" and sometimes "FAR-mee-go," so just get the "EEE" sound in the middle and you can relax.

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