What . .
is local food?
are food miles?
is a locavore?
does sustainable mean?
Top 10 foods to . . .
grow at home
of Flavor: Bringing
a European Idea Down to Earth: Producers, Farmers Pin Hopes on the Appeal
Eating Your Veggies:
Not As Good For You?
Food miles are
less important to
Food That Travels Well
to Pay Premium
for Locally Grown Food
How to Pick a Peach
by Russ Parsons
Miracle: A Year of
by Barbara Kingsolver
The Taste of Place
by Amy Trubek
Rediscovering a Midwestern way of life
By Gina Edwards,
In the Midwest, we are surrounded by undulating fields of green
speckled with spots of red barns and stark white
farmhouses. Growing up, we’d spend an hour in the car whizzing through
these hills and vales on the way to my grandparents’ farm – only slowing
down to pass through small towns that you’d miss if you blinked.
My grandma raised chickens and we always had fresh eggs. Her orchard
overflowed with jewel-toned cherries, fuzzy skinned peaches and apples
just waiting to be made into pie. There were gooseberries so tart you
thought your cheeks would never get unstuck from puckering. Grapes drooped
from vines knowing their little skins would eventually squish open to
yield jars of grape jam and glasses of dry, tart homemade juice.
Each fall, acres of homegrown popcorn would be harvested and cobs banged
against each other to release piles of pearl and gold kernels that we
couldn’t wait to pop and drizzle with butter. It was magical, and
It’s something I always took for granted. Today, those popcorn fields have
been turned into acres of field corn, the grape vines long ago turned into
wreaths and the garden plot is covered with crabgrass. And I, like a lot
of Americans, am thinking what have I done? Where is my food coming from?
What can I do differently?
. . . more
Wine and Cheese . . . enjoy local varietals
It was 230 years ago at La Ville de Maillet when
vintners from surrounding vineyards brought their grape harvests to the
village’s wine press and stored their wares in a shared underground wine
These villagers celebrated what the French call
terroir, the concept that wine has a sense
of place and embodies the unique tastes and
flavors of the land on which it is grown.
La Ville de Maillet is the home we now call Peoria.
By 1900 Illinois was the fourth-largest wine
producer in the United States, a tradition that went by the wayside when
Prohibition forced our vineyards to be uprooted for corn and soybeans
. . . more
Includes information on:
- Kickapoo Creek Winery
- Willet’s Winery and Cellar
- Ropp Jersey Cheese Store
- Avanti Foods’ Walnut Cheese
- Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Start a New Holiday Tradition . . . Go Local
. . . Whether it’s raising turkeys, cattle or
sheep, central Illinois farmers know more
than a thing or two about why local food is
so important and they’re just waiting for you to ask, and buy.
With the last farmers’ market tent packed away for the season,
you might think your days of enjoying fresh local foods are done for
But they’re not
. . . more
Includes more information on:
- Heritage Farmers Market, open
- Yordy Turkey Farm
- Blue Ridge Family Farm
- Bittner's Eureka Locker
- Elmwood Locker Service
Is Illinois a Food Desert?
Illinois ranks fifth among other states for
the annual loss of farmland and 95 percent of
organic produce and foods sold in Illinois are grown and processed in
other states yet, Illinois residents purchase $500 billion of organic
foods annually. Farm produce, sold directly
to consumers, accounts for less than 0.2 percent of Illinois agriculture
. . . (read more)
part of andshecookstoo.com.
In the Spotlight:
Heritage Farmer's Market
20235 Illinois Rte. 9
Phone: (309) 620-0616
Open Saturday from
8:30 to 4 p.m.,
Monday- Friday from
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Owner Doug Sassman
and his team of farmers offer variety of poultry and meats available
including pork, steaks, roasts, chicken and rabbit. The market also offers
a variety of local foods including fresh baked breads, jams, honey,
cheeses, eggs, sauces, sweets and much more.
Resources for Finding
Local Food Producers:
May through October
for the Central