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Resource Tue Mar 06 2012

Local Beet's Handy CSA Guide Released

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The Local Beet, Chicago's own locavore-centric blog, has released their 2012 CSA guide to help consumers wade through the often buzz word-heavy, detail-light world of local farming. Their list covers over 90 farms in the Chicagoland, Southeast Wisconsin, Northern Indiana, and Southwest Michigan. You can sort by frequency, cost, length of season, location of pickup (or the option for delivery), etc.

Don't get too stuck in the details. Find a CSA that is easy for you to pick up, and that will provide you with enough produce to keep you cooking and not too much to overwhelm you. The truth of it is, you will at some point get too much of produce X so be willing to wash, cut up and freeze what you don't use. I'm still working through last year's broccoli.

Personally, I've subscribed to Iron Creek Farm's summer and fall shares for the past two years and am already signed up this year. And despite all of the extras (farm tours, the option to swap out a veggie or two, and having a real relationship with the person who's growing your food), I still hold that we get the best produce at the best price in Chicago. If it's good enough for Rick Bayless, then it's good enough for me. Happy shopping.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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