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Food news you may find interesting:

  • FoodChain progress: Central Kentucky's most inventive urban farming demonstration (indoor fish and greens that boost each others' growth) reaches milestones more frequently than the giddy Dow Jones recently: tanks installed, fish introduced, a real door opened, pea tendrils tested, many visitors welcomed, leafy greens leafing. FoodChain visionaries and the volunteers make so much happen. In the crucial time after start-up but before production begins to yield dollars, FoodChain will benefit if you add your support by donating or supplying a wish list item.
  • Food brings tourists: A Kentucky opportunity: step up the marketing we do ("we" meaning both private and public tourism promotion) to spread the news about our great food and food producers, farms, chefs, restaurants, processors, orchards, vineyards, wineries, breweries, and distilleries as travel destinations. Entrepreneurs in Providence, RI (same size as Lexington, KY, by the way) will host the first Taste Trekkers food tourism conference on September 21, 2013, "for foodies who love travel and travelers who love food." All you distinctive Kentucky food people take note: Taste Trekkers' Call for Speakers invites proposals; deadline is May 31, 2013.
  • Vermont, the Local-est State: Granted, they adjusted for population, but Vermonters beat the rest of us in "the number of farmers markets in a state; the number of Community Supported Agriculture projects, in which consumers buy shares in a farm's output; and the number of "food hubs," which help farmers with economies of sale by distributing products to consumers and stores." Kentucky slipped to 18th from its 2012 position of sixth on the annual Strolling of the Heifer's (not making that up—couldn't even if I tried) Locavore Index.
  • Even Better Broccoli: A new European broccoli hybrid, Beneforté, packs even more crucial cruciferous nutrition than our usual little green flowers. Almost as interesting as the news itself: learning that there is a journal called New Phytologist.
  • Anita Courtney Day: Dear friend, personal hero, and public health leader Anita Courtney recently became a recognized Public Health Hero, honoring her inventive, sustained work to make good food easy for "tween-aged" children to choose in our community. Two shining examples of changes she has led: Better Bites food options at local parks and concession stands—and coming soon to corner groceries in northeast Lexington, and healthier offerings in school vending machines. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray proclaimed April 14 "Anita Courtney Day," and Anita promptly used the occasion to praise Lexington Parks and Recreation leaders for agreeing to change their concession offerings.
  • Markets open outdoors: Both Lexington Farmers Market and Bluegrass Farmers Market open outdoors on April 13. Hooray!