And The List Goes On …

So, my “real job” is in the medical publishing industry, and because of this, I subscribe to a zillion healthcare-related newsletters to stay abreast of what’s going on in medicine … and I’ve been inundated with all of the peanut-related recall notices that flood my inbox each day. On January 12th, the FDA, the CDC, {read more}

Old Jews Telling Jokes

Hey, don’t look at me … I didn’t name the website. Check out this new website … Old Jews Telling Jokes … pretty funny stuff. There are only three rules: the joke-tellers have to be Jewish, they have to be at least sixty years old, and they have to tell their favorite joke—”the one that {read more}

Winter Farmers’ Market Secrets

There’s still a few months to go before our local farmers’ markets are up and running each week. What do with your goodies from the winter markets around town? Check out this great slide show from The Daily Green that take the mystery out of seasonal eating with a profile of delicious, nutritious winter veggies {read more}

You’re Doing It All Wrong

Stumbled on a series at Chow—You’re Doing It All Wrong—which offers up constructive critcism to ensure that we’re all doing it right. Doing what right, you ask? How to tap a keg, how to sauce pasta, and how to cook bacon are just a few of the things we may need a bit of help {read more}

My Latest Share

I was a bit under the weather yesterday, so I stopped by the Fair Shares headquarters to pick up my latest share today: Claverach Farm and Vineyard Pea Shoots (Eureka, MO)Ozark Forest Mushrooms Mushroom Mix (Big Springs, MO)Lee’s Farm Sweet Potatoes (Truxton, MO)Hilty’s Bee Yards Pickled Beets (Bowling Green, MO)Blue Heron Orchard Garlic (Canton, MO)Prairie {read more}

No Decaf For You!

In an effort to save money, Starbucks announced that it will stop brewing decaffeinated coffee after noon each day. Apparently, decaf isn’t so popular in the afternoon: “For many of our stores, the demand for decaf is greatly reduced in the afternoon,” the company said in a statement. Alas, don’t worry, lovers of the decaf {read more}

New Ag Secretary Lays Out Priorities For USDA

On Monday, new Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his priorities for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA): combating childhood obesity and enhancing health and nutrition, indicating that the USDA should play a key role in the public health debate and that nutrition programs should be seen as an opportunity to both alleviate hunger and prevent {read more}

Men Smell of Cheese, Women Smell of Onions

The latest issue of New Scientist includes a report on new research that found marked differences in the sweat from men and women. Apparently, researchers in Switzerland examined “armpit sweat samples from 24 men and 25 women after they had spent time in a sauna or ridden an exercise bike for 15 minutes” (umm, eww) {read more}

Farm and Food: What Should the Obama Administration Do?

American Farmland Trust recently released a list of farm and food policy recommendations for the Obama administration: reduce the federal government’s role in farmland loss; protect and promote Farm Bill regional food system programs; prioritize agriculture’s role in reducing greenhouse gases; support efforts to engage farmers in improving water quality; properly implement and fully fund {read more}

Hail To The Chief

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility—a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so {read more}

Greening The White House

As Barack Obama prepares to take office tomorrow, I offer you the following videos, which emphasize the important role that a new White House Victory Garden could play as part of a larger White House Greening project: Lawn is Your Lawn from roger doiron on Vimeo. Garden of Eatin’: A Short History of {read more}

My Latest Share

Here’s what’s in my first Fair Shares share for 2009: Lee Farms Sweet Potatoes (Truxton, MO)Sunny Ridge Farm Blackberries (?)Hilty’s Bee Yards Sweet Dill Pickles (Bowling Green, MO)Hinkebein Hills Farm Pork Onion Patties (Cape Girardeau, MO)River Hills Poultry Alliance Eggs (Silex, MO)Ropp Jersey Cheese Smoked Gouda (Normal, IL)Martin Rice Long Grain Rice (Bernie, MO)Tessa’s Peanut {read more}