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.

dee riley
1/4/2011 9:59:35 PM

I would like to nominate Green Edge Organic Gardens in Athens, Ohio. They have some of the best and most beautiful organic produce. They are part of the Athens Farmers Market and the Community Supported Agriculture Program in Athens. They supply a wonderful selection of food items all year long, not just in Athens but in neighboring areas as well.

1/4/2011 1:23:35 PM

Maude's Market in St Louis, MO! ( Maude is teaching me how to cook using vegetables that are seasonally available and currently has samples of sweet roasted turnips in her shop. Yummy! (Also, the hot chocolate is fantastic too!)

kathy hardy
1/2/2011 8:59:09 PM

I would like to nominate "Wild Indigo Catering", a local caterer in Brevard, NC. Anne Somich is an amazing Chef and, with the help of her husband Mike, bring a flair of local, home grown goodness to our little town of Brevard, NC. Mike has an awesome organic garden and lots of the goodness from that garden goes in to Anne's recipes. Using mostly fresh, organic and local meats, cheeses, greens and grains, their food is the best I've ever had! Whether you're having them cater an event, or just grabbing some of their Farmer's Market favorites [like the "famous" Breakfast Burritos] You won't be disappointed in "Wild Indigo Catering", I promise!!

1/2/2011 7:57:34 PM

I would like to nominate The Purple Porch Cooperative in South Bend, Indiana. This unique co-op brings the best of the farmers market and online ordering together. You can get delicious artison foods and naturally grown produce along with grass fed meats. The emphasis is local all the time with a range of items from fermented kraut, hand made cheese from grass fed milk, european style breads, gluten free treats, natural and responsibly grown produce and so much more! What a great resource in our community.

angela hobby
1/1/2011 10:35:35 PM

Fischer and Weiser Raspberry Chipotle sauce is my favorite Texas product. They also make a wide variety of sauces...from 1015 Onion marmalade to Jalapeno Peach Preserves. Delicious and so versatile!

jennifer prior
1/1/2011 9:20:28 PM

I would nominate Flagstaff Community Supported Agriculture (Flagstaff, AZ). "The FCSA connects you to your food, the land, and your local farmer!" Members receive weekly shares of fresh produce from local farmers. In addition, they provide access to fresh eggs, meat, and other local products. I look forward to my surprise bag of fresh fruits and veggies each week!

m.e. yamashita
12/31/2010 9:44:03 PM

I nominate Kenny and Nancy Drewry of Drewry Farm and Orchards Produce in Dover, Arkansas. You can find them on Facebook. They are one of the mainstays of the Pope County Farmers Market, run a produce stand, and participate in several operations. Their fruit (apples, peaches, and watermelons) is always flavorful. They also grow vegetables and have recently branched out into bees and honey. They farm sustainably and are conservative with chemicals. Plus, they are great folks. :)

nancy swartz
12/31/2010 8:39:11 PM

This is not organic, and probably not politically correct, but the best ice cream in the USA, is made in the greater Cincinnati area- It's called Graeter's (pronounced greaters). I've had lots of ice creams that people have sworn were the best, but nobody beats Graeter's- and if you like chocolate, there double chocolate chip ice cream is almost worth dying for- or their turtle sundae. They're the only ones in the country still using the "French pot" method.

mary richter_1
12/31/2010 11:32:47 AM

I nominate Ovis Farms in Timmonsville, SC. They have a market every Wednesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach with grass fed beef, free range chickens, Pork, fresh goat milk and cow milk, eggs, cheeses. You can buy beef and chicken shares also organic vegetable shares.

valerie graveneor
12/31/2010 9:39:46 AM

I want to nominate Sharon's Natural Gardens in Delmar, DE. Not only do they have a beautiful biodynamic garden and greenhouse, but they are inspiring others to learn organic gardening by sharing their knowledge, skills and love of gardening. Sharon has been a true inspiration in my life.

charles tutt
12/31/2010 9:00:32 AM

Well I'm a little partial. I must nominate my Brother, George. He's retired, like me and gardens, like me but unlike me, he has a roadside produce stand which he, his wife and grandchildren operate during the growing season. What George doesn't grow in his own garden, he buys for re-sale from the local Amish and Mennonite produce auction. What I don't grow, I buy from George. His roadside stand is located just outside Columbia, Missouri on Gillespie Bridge Road

beau harbin
12/29/2010 7:40:38 PM

I would like to nominate the Knapps who run Cobblestone Valley Farm in Preble, NY. We have gotten tremendous beef, turkey, chickens and eggs from them. They do a wonderful job and are a great couple. Thanks.

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