Julie Kramer and I spent the first half of this year gathering stories, images, and recipes from the cast of characters that make up the Findlay Market community. With assistance from Karen Kahle of the market, we collaborated on The Findlay Market Cookbook, due out in October from Farm Fresh Books. The book celebrates the best of local food in Cincinnati, as it’s exemplified by our historic market. It captures the personalities that make the market special: rookie farmers like Annie Wood and old-timers like Marvin Barbian.
New Richmond, Ohio
“Local is better than anything else,” says Matthew Kennedy, the owner and designer of Sustain Brand. “It keeps dollars local, small guys stay in business, products are better and fresher, and it’s transparent.” With a back.ground in branding and marketing, Kennedy saw that cheaper, faster, and bigger drove the marketplace — but that didn’t sit well with him.… Read More
We know that most of you haven’t ordered your local turkeys for Thanksgiving yet so this is your official reminder to do so with a couple of shopping tips for buying a delicious bird.
Making the purchase can be a little daunting so here’s a quick cheat sheet.
Pick your breed:
Unfortunately you may never see the beautiful plumage on your bird, but what you’re invested in is the meat.… Read More
The families who make up Sunrise Farm in Winchester, OH, pool their labor and resources to farm on a larger scale than any of them could manage alone. For this Mennonite community, farming is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor, as men, women, and children collaborate to grow, harvest, and collectively distribute fresh produce to local retailers.… Read More
May’s Lick, Kentucky
Hickory King Collective Corn Chips are made in May’s Lick, KY, for Sunflower Sundries, a family business that sells locally and through an Etsy.com shop. Hickory Collective makes their chips from heirloom white Hickory King corn grown without chemicals or GMOs. The old-fashioned variety has more sugar and protein than most other corn.… Read More
Husk Sweet Corn is grown locally by Indiana farmers just east of Indianapolis. Supplied by four Indiana farms, Husk processes 200,000 pounds of sweet corn in just two months, preserving harvest at its peak so that it’s available to customers year-round. Husk’s frozen sweet corn is harvested from non-GMO crops and packaged without additives — you can taste the difference.… Read More
Kentucky is world-famous for bourbon, but Kentuckians do more than just drink it. At Bourbon Barrel Foods, they make an assortment of spices and sauces that are flavored with bourbon, aged in bourbon barrels, or smoked over repurposed barrel staves. Everything at Bourbon Barrel Foods is handmade and hand-bottled in Kentucky.… Read More
The Big Picture – Work HorsesPictures & text by Reed DeWinter
Farms are complicated. Equipment is complicated. People are complicated. And there is never just one right way to do something. Fuel or feed, equipment needs power. Rubber or steel, tools need traction. Electrical or intestinal, bugs need fixing. Fitting the yoke or easing the choke, control is crucial.… Read More