This is my first blog entry at TLC and I have grain on the mind. One of my first large tasks as the Farmer Training Program Manager has been to finalize the planning of our upcoming workshop on organic grain marketing. It has my head swimming with memories of my childhood riding in my dad's combine and running through the corn stubbled fields of central Ohio. To this day, the smell of soybean dust is a close second favorite to the smell of tractor grease.
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Back in February when I was sitting at the dining room table with my seed catalogs, I was planning big.
We're at the halfway point of our second season at the Champaign Farmers' Market, and it feels like a fitting time to reflect on the question at the heart of National Farmers' Market Week celebrations: why do I love my market?
I, for one, know how a busy week can quickly run away from you. Next thing you know - BLINK! It's Sunday again. You ask yourself, " I had SO many plans... what happened to the week?" That's me. If I'm not focused on the few things outside of work that I want to get done during the week, it just doesn't happen between kickball, glass blowing, yoga, tending to the garden..... and the list can go on.
In under a week, I leave the Midwest, and I’ll do so feeling hopeful. Despite a frightening political landscape and the frequent dread of checking the morning news, my time here has taught me that our hope should rest first in the people around us and the positive actions they take.
As I work through these final few days that I will be employed at The Land Connection, I can’t help but look back over the last two years with pride and awe at what we as an organization have accomplished.
For those of you who have been asking for the 2016 calendar recipes--I'm finally getting them posted!
Recipe for polenta with radishes
It's July, and we're approaching peak farmers' market season. The first major waves of anticipated foods have come and gone (asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, sigh), but we are readily consoled by blueberries, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, and my personal favorite, peaches.
Since running the sampling tent at the Champaign Farmers' Market this season, I've busted a big myth. I've witnessed it with my own eyes and I can validate that kids really DO like eating vegetables.
You may have heard that I am moving on from The Land Connection and from the Midwest. I’m writing this to tell you two things. The first is just how much this work here in Illinois has meant to me, and the second is that if there is anyone out there who cares about the future of our food system like I do, you should apply for the position I’m vacating.