The Yorkshire-born award-winner is returning to his northern roots to pass on his skills at this year’s Homegrown Food Festival in Northallerton in the summer. The television regular will be heading a renowned line-up of chefs at the popular event, which is now in its third year and has grown from humble beginnings in 2012. Last year it attracted more than 4,000 visitors and 70 stallholders and also won a major award under the national Market Towns Alive initiative – and Mr Turner is a whole-hearted supporter of its aims. The Northern Echo story.
TA issues rally cry ahead of Restaurant Australia push
Tourism Australia is urging regional tourism and hospitality businesses to tap into the growing global appetite for food and wine-related travel experiences by getting involved in its latest Restaurant Australia campaign. The Restaurant Australia website will be unveiled on May 7 along with new broadcast, print and online content. From today, businesses can begin to submit the stories of their food, wine and beverage experiences for listing on the site. Travel Weekly story. Tourism Australia story.
Co-operative Secures 54 Pubs Sites for Convenience Stores
Co-operative Food has signed an agreement to lease 54 pub sites from the Marston’s public house portfolio owned by NewRiver Retail to convert into convenience stores. Finished unit sizes will range from 3,000 sq. ft. to 4,500 sq. ft., and the first of the new stores is expected to open early in 2015. Murrells commented: “The Co-operative Group has a clear vision to establish itself as the best local food retailer in the UK and over the coming years our focus will be to develop and grow our existing convenience estate of over 2,000 stores. National Account Managers News story,
Annie’s Homegrown Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Thursday community members, employees, and the company’s mascot gathered for a ribbon cutting for Annie’s at the former Safeway plant. The plant will begin making Annie’s products tomorrow. Plant leaders say they can make 3,000 cases in an eight hour shift. Four State Home Page story.
Local tips – Bob’s Shed, Yarragon, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
‘We thought it was a nice destination to visit, so we decided it would be a good place to live. We were right – we had a short term plan when we made the move, but now we’re here for good. We just love it.’ Bob reckons the variety of shops selling local art, antiques and collectables, giftware and local produce are the town’s drawcards. He also recommends the Yarragon Hotel, which is gaining a reputation for the quality of its restaurant to accompany the friendly atmosphere. ‘Then you can visit a couple of wineries, or go and pick yourself some afternoon tea at Sunny Creek Organic Berry Farm – it’s great produce and the kids love seeing where the berries come from and picking their own food.’ Visit Victoria post.
These are not Victory Gardens, but they are victorious in spirit
There was a day when everyone planted gardens and raised most of their own food. Then, along came mechanization and the middle man, the food processor, entered the picture. During World War II we briefly returned to homegrown food farming through the all-important Victory Gardens to support our troops. Now, there is another trend toward urban agriculture, one in which neighborhood gardens are beginning to provide healthy, locally produced, reasonably priced fruits and vegetables without the middle man. Trending further is the fact that trained urban farmers are entering the picture. Blair Enterprise Publishing post.
The Fair Food Movement in Australia — an overview
Like most countries, Australia has a long tradition of backyard food growing, yet this dwindled significantly with the rise of the supermarkets and fast food in the post-war era. Now backyard food growing is returning strongly, with recent surveys suggesting over 50% of adults are involved. Many are also involved in community food production, especially community gardens and school kitchen gardens, which have expanded rapidly since the 1990s. The permaculture movement, which began in the late 1970s, has also been influential in the growth of community and backyard gardening, as well as small-scale bio-diverse agriculture. The farmers markets movement in Australia is also experiencing rapid growth, from a very low base in 1999 to over 150 today. Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance post.
Keeping it home grown in the Hoosier state
A new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence aims to keep locally grown products here in the Hoosier state. With a large percentage of our food coming from out-of-state, many say this is something Indiana needs. Last week, Gov. Mike Pence signed the Indiana Grown Inititative into law. The initiative intends to promote Indiana agriculture by keeping it in the Hoosier state. Republican State Rep. Don Lehe says it’s something that was needed. WLFI News story.
What constitutes ‘farm-raised’? Well, that’s up to you. As the local food movement comes of age, we’ve become accustomed to filling our bags and baskets with more than just kale and tomatoes when we visit the farmers market. We bring home cheeses and chocolates, syrups and sunflowers, honey and homemade jellies. And with livestock and poultry currently available at more of the state’s markets, more of us are buying at least some of our meat there as well. This is a story about the spectrum of small meat producers in Massachusetts and how shoppers can know the origins of the meat they buy at the farmers market or through community supported agriculture (CSAs). Edible Boston story.
Paying Farmers to Welcome Birds
The Central Valley was once one of North America’s most productive wildlife habitats, a 450-mile-long expanse marbled with meandering streams and lush wetlands that provided an ideal stop for migratory shorebirds on their annual journeys from South America and Mexico to the Arctic and back. Farmers and engineers have long since tamed the valley. Of the wetlands that existed before the valley was settled, about 95 percent are gone, and the number of migratory birds has declined drastically. But now an unusual alliance of conservationists, bird watchers and farmers have joined in an innovative plan to restore essential habitat for the migrating birds. The New York Times story.
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Snacking Our Way through the Day
Snacks represent 50 percent of all eating occasions