What's Stirring, March 21, 2014, Plus A Coupon
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- Last week First Lady Michelle Obama called on all of us to cook at home more often.
In her remarks, the first lady talked about working with supermarkets to distribute recipes and offer cooking demonstrations, with schools to develop the "home economics class of the future" to give students basic cooking skills, and with chefs to get them to offer affordable cooking classes in their restaurants.
- Saturday, March 29, from 10 - 2 PM, Sustainable Berea holds its Fifth Annual Berea Local Foods Expo.
- Saturday, March 29, 10 - 12, Seedleaf hosts its first ever Mushroom Workshop! Learn two different methods of inoculating logs with mushroom spores. One more Seedleaf offering: its recent stellar posts by volunteers, interns, and staffers about why they garden. And do support Seedleaf's present Indiegogo campaign that will fund its proven summer SEEDS program—growing our next generation of skilled gardeners, composters, cooks, and food leaders.
- Developers in several parts of the USA are building new housing developments around productive farms that provide food for homeowners. From The New York Times: Farm-To-Table Living Takes Root. From NPR: Forget Golf: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms.
- As Kentucky growers rely more on greenhouses and hoop houses, also known as high tunnels, they may need to join growers in British Columbia who recently launched an unusual PR campaign. Apparently we eaters have learned the beauties of imperfection in our produce. Now, being too perfect can make a tomato or strawberry suspect, requiring what The Vancouver Sun calls " a public relations makeover." The BC Greenhouse Growers Association wants eaters to understand that the perfectly shaped, unblemished fruits and veggies from BC greenhouses contain goodness even though they resemble their more tasteless commercial cousins.
- But maybe we don't have to worry yet. The Weekly Yelp's latest issue, Grocery Shop Like a Lexingtonian, boasts a nice photo of some heirloom tomatoes from acclaimed Lexington Farmers Market vendors Henkle's Herbs and Heirlooms in Nicholasville. This picture perfectly illustrates our current affection for highly individual produce, and our experience-based expectations that bumps and lumps indicate flavor and goodness. The grocery stores Yelp reviewers particularly love? Good Foods Market & Cafe, Shorty's, Wilson's Grocery Meat & Produce, and Lexington Farmers Market.