Nominate Your Favorite Local Food Producers and Products

| 12/29/2010 4:03:44 PM

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Do you have awesome local foods and fantastic food producers to suggest we review? We want to help bring attention to the good food work people all over this country are doing to revitalize our regional food systems.

Just be sure to tell us who you love and why. We'll feature regional seasonal standouts from time to time in the magazine and online.

Caleb Malcom
6/23/2011 10:58:28 AM

Bad Seed Farm in Kansas city, MO and Shatto Milk Company

Cowboy John
1/18/2011 9:02:36 AM

The farm, located between the towns of Philadelphia and Loudon, is in the heart of southeast Tennessee’s dairy-rich Sweetwater Valley. It is known for its agricultural vitality and progress. Sweetwater Valley Farm is one of the few farms in the country producing fine farmstead cheese. Meaning, they control the process from cow to consumer. The cows are the farm's livelihood and most of our daily efforts are spent meeting their needs. There is nothing artificial in their cheese, just high quality milk and an old fashioned approach to cheese making. They have a great selection of cheddar as well as specialty gourmet cheeses made with fresh ingredients. While today’s Sweetwater Valley Farm cheese is produced in a state-of-the-art facility, owner John Harrison has preserved the fine art and craft of making cheese in the traditional farm stead manner. On days that the weather permits, there are walking tours to see the dairy and tell you about the process from cows to cheese. Just a little plagiarism, but it says it all. Good folks, great cheese.

Gail Carpenter
1/5/2011 3:49:02 PM

Grassroots Farm, LLC, located in Monroe, WI, and serving Madison, WI, and a Chicago neighborhood market in Andersonville is my nomination for an outstanding example of a "new farm" and "new farmer" making a difference in our area. The farm is owned and operated by Lindsey Carpenter. OK, yes, we're related! Truth be known, Lindsey has worked hard to develop her skills and serves up a 40 share CSA and a weekly urban market where she is behind the table talking about how to prepare the week's feature vegetable or making suggestions on selecting the best fresh herbs from her display. The operation is certified organic and the quality of her fresh vegetables is outstanding! Lindsey actively participates in a county-wide "women in agriculture" discussion group, attends seminars and participates in panel discussions. She has set up her farm as a CRAFT farm, offering an opportunity for other young people interested in learning agriculture, to train with her in an apprenticeship program. She loves her work and says she only sells "happy vegetables." Her customers and her mum agree.

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