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Local Food Buyers Exchange — Midwest

Local Food Association Previews Its Nov. 6 Buyers Exchange Event in Chicago

The Local Food Association (LFA) is the only national trade association for those in the business of local food. And it will stage its inaugural event, the LOCAL FOOD BUYERS EXCHANGE – Midwest, on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.

Mother Jones: U.S. Commodity Farming System is a Massive Money-Loser

A column by Tom Philpott of Mother Jones magazine says the current U.S. agricultural system, heavily oriented toward producing massive amounts of commodity crops such as corn and soybeans, is a huge money-loser for farmers… and for American taxpayers.

Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition's Green Pumpkin Gala

First Person: Chicago’s Green Pumpkin Gala Highlights Restaurants’ Sustainable Commitment

The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition is throwing its first annual Green Pumpkin Gala this Thursday. It will be fun with a purpose: to highlight efforts by many people engaged in the restaurant industry to make the nation’s food system more environmentally sustainable.

Henry Schwartz of MobCraft brewery in Madison, Wisconsin

Crowdsourcing Ferments Financing — and Recipes — for Wisconsin’s MobCraft Brewery

MobCraft, a start-up craft brewery in Madison, Wisconsin, has gotten some buzz lately because of their efforts at crowdfunding equity investment. But crowdsourcing has been integral to their operations — even their beer recipe development — since the get-go.

Kerri McClimen

Activists Ramp Up Efforts to Get Congress to Act on Overuse of Antibiotics on Livestock

Concerns about the routine use of antibiotics in livestock production is rising among consumers, prompting an increase in both market demand and supply of meat labeled as “antibiotic-free.” And efforts to get the attention of policy makers to this issue are increasing.

Enterpreneur panel at FamilyFarmed's Good Food Business Accelerator event
Chicago Independent Spirits Expo industry panel

Industry Experts Shared High-Proof Insights at Chicago’s Independent Spirits Expo

Craft spirits tasting events are, by their very nature, fun. But the annual Independent Spirits Expo in Chicago, the latest rendition of which was held Tuesday (Sept. 30), also has a highly informative side. A panel of industry experts ended with a roundup of insights on the outlook for the spirits industry in the years ahead.

Tiny But Mighty Popcorn's Gene Mealhow

Heirloom Popcorn Gets New York Times Spotlight With Focus on Iowa’s Tiny But Mighty

The rising interest in heirloom (or heritage) varieties of food — and the important role that popcorn producers such as Iowa’s Tiny But Mighty have played in that trend — has caught the eye of The New York Times.

Bourbon historian Michael Veach

Collaboration Seasons Chicago’s Beaver Dam Pepper Celebration: A Photo Essay

Collaboration among artisans and producers is a big part of the Good Food movement — and Good Food on Every Table attended the Beaver Dam pepper event and produced this photo essay showing how several of the food stands participating in the event incorporated the pepper into the foods they sold at the market.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood

Honey Butter Fried Chicken: A Fine-Feathered First Year in Chicago

When you write about the launch of a start-up business, it is often worthwhile checking back in to see how things are working out. It is especially rewarding to do when the enterprise has flourished — which is the case for Chicago’s Honey Butter Fried Chicken, which on Sept. 14 rounded out a smashing first year in business.

Baker Miller Bringing Power Flour To Chicago

by Grant Kessler, FamilyFarmed.org [Note: The original story, published Sept. 9, was updated Sept. 22 with photos from Baker Miller’s opening day.] There was surprise and some puzzlement in the Chicago food community late last year when Dave and Megan Miller revealed that they were selling their successful and critically acclaimed Bang Bang Pie and Read more about Baker Miller Bringing Power Flour To Chicago[…]

Mother Choriza sausage by Red Meat Market
McDonald's restaurant on Clark Street in Chicago, across the street from Wrigley Field

McDonald’s Can Make History — and Rescue its Brand — With Sustainable Food

McDonald’s Golden Arches are tarnished these days. To restore the shine, it’s time for the fast-food behemoth to chart a new course: one that acknowledges the growing consumer demand for Good Food, grown as close to home as possible, by sustainable, humane, and fair producers.

Let’s Discuss: Does Food 2.0 Have a Place at the Table?

The New York Times on Sunday (Aug. 24) ran an article titled “Rethinking Eating,” about “Food 2.0.” We at Good Food on Every Table hope you will share your opinions on Food 2.0 in the comments section to this story.

Enkir beer

First Person: New Brews and Ancient Grains Make Potent Combination

the direction of the robust brewing industry is shifting from the conventional ales of our uncles to the specialty beers produced by the microbreweries. Among the new wrinkles: Many grains that have not be typically used to craft beer in the United States are coming into vogue — a stylistic trend that has also been fueled in part by rising concerns among many consumers about gluten.

More Tips for Farmers Market Savings

Our previous article on stretching your dollars at farmers markets drew a lot of interest. Even better, it drew several comments — shared here — that are loaded with even more great money-saving ideas.

Those tips are shared here.