Local Food

1:27pm

Mon May 20, 2013
The Salt

Washington State Butcher Spikes Pig Feed With Weed

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:25 am

William von Schneidau, who owns the BB Ranch butcher shop at Pike Place Market in Seattle, has made prosciutto from pigs fed marijuana.
Courtesy of BB Ranch

William von Schneidau, an intrepid butcher in Seattle, is giving a whole new meaning to "potbelly pig." Lately, he's been feeding marijuana refuse to the pigs he turns into prosciutto for BB Ranch, his butcher shop in the city's famous Pike Place Marke

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10:56am

Fri May 3, 2013
The Salt

How A Distillery Ages Bourbon In Days, Not Years

Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 12:54 pm

A bottle of Cleveland Whiskey's bourbon sits on a shelf with empty bottles at the company's distillery.
Courtesy of David Kidd

When it comes to bourbon, Tom Lix doesn't believe in age discrimination. Most bourbons might age in the barrel for eight to 12 years or more, but Lix figures his are ready to drink in less than a week.

Lix makes Cleveland Whiskey, a new brand of bourbon that exemplifies two major trends in American whiskey-making today: the desire to speed up the process and the effort to establish a local identity.

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12:27pm

Tue April 23, 2013
The Salt

Want To Forage In Your City? There's A Map For That

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:25 am

Falling Fruit tells you where you can pick peaches and other foods free for the taking around the world.
istockphoto.com

If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too.

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3:14pm

Tue April 9, 2013
The Salt

Vermont Bests The Nation In Local Chow

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 5:00 pm

A Vermont farm stand. The state excels at getting the produce to the people.
David Sucsy iStockphoto.com

Sure, it's a tiny state, but Vermont is powerful when it comes to shopping at farmers markets, ordering up veggies from a CSA, and developing distribution systems for local products.

That's why the Green Mountain State topped the 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, a ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on their commitment to local food.

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10:31am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Salt

Startup Wants To Redefine How Local Foods Get To Your Door

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 12:13 pm

Employees of Good Eggs deliver produce, meat and other local foods from producers in the Bay Area of California.
Courtesy of Good Eggs

Rising consumer demand for local foods has changed the job description for ranchers like Doniga Markegard.

Markegard, co-owner of Markegard Family Grass-Fed in San Gregorio, Calif., loves working with cattle, but she's not fond of the hours of phone calls and emails it can take to sell directly to a customer.

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