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Janine MacLachlan is a farm groupie and local food advocate with a passion for small farms, where food is produced by people who care for the earth. A few food highlights: Volunteered on behalf of Slow Food and Chicago's Green City Market, American Farmland Trust. Enjoyed award-winning … Read More
My recipes on this site typically focus on farm fresh ingredients from the market. This is a bit of a departure from that, because sometimes a quick recipe from pantry staples is what you need for a quick lunch. Everyone has days when there's no time to plan even a quick meal. We are getting my … Read More
And so we begin fall. The midwest weather is cooperating so far, with a brisk 48 degrees this morning. The rest of the week should be warmer, but still, there's a nip in the air and I've taken a stack of sweaters out of the bottom drawer. Autumn is my favorite season, and I don't want to miss a … Read More
Ralph Waldo Emerson said "there are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat. " I understand Mr. Emerson's sentiment. Pears are picked unripe, and they ripen from the inside out. Which keeps them from getting smushed on the way to the farmers' market, but then they'll … Read More
When I was traveling to research Farmers' Markets of the Heartland, I fell in love with tomatoes all over again. As a child, late summer meant toasted mayo-smeared tomato sandwiches on Spatz Bread, the Saginaw, Michigan bakery that is still around, and still so local that it doesn't have a website. … Read More