GOOD FOOD NEWS
Volume 8 Number 44 November 1, 2016
FIELD NOTES: Upcountry Farms, Jackson Valley
We are happy to announce that we will be moving our farm to a new location down the hill in Jackson Valley. While we will no longer be upcountry, we're keeping the name "Upcountry Farms" because that's where our roots are! We are grateful to have had the opportunity to start our farming adventure in West Point, in the middle of Ron Brickman's beautiful apple orchard, and these past six months have been such a great learning experience.
In Jackson Valley, we will be leasing two acres of farmland with opportunity to expand in the future. In our first year we plan on cultivating the full two acres for vegetable and flower production (a big expansion from our first farm!) We will continue selling our produce and flowers at farmer's markets, through MLH, and we plan to expand our sales to local restaurants. We will also be establishing a flower subscription program, where businesses and individual customers can receive beautiful, seasonal, bouquets delivered weekly.
These first few months will consist of disking, tilling, establishing our irrigation system, building our greenhouse and cold storage, and preparing for an early spring planting. We can't wait to dig our hands into that beautiful soil!
Our lease starts November 1st, so we don't have many photos to share with you just yet...but stay tuned for exciting updates!
Tori and Dan
This 'n' That Corner
Talk about the weather! Today we have had rain, really hard rain, thunder, lightening and then when we thought that was about it- we had snow!! We are only at 1800 ft elevation!! It didn't stick so that was good! Now the sun is shining!! Now I know what they mean when they say the weather is unstable!!! Hope you all keep dry and enjoy your Halloween! Cheri Woods, DC volunteer
NEW IN YOUR BOX THIS WEEK: Arugula
Arugula, a peppery salad green, has been widely used in Italy since ancient Roman times. It was virtually unknown in the United States until the 1970s when it, along with other exotic mesclun greens from the Mediterranean region, such as radicchio and mache, caught the wave of interest in the new style of seasonal cooking known as California cuisine – and rode that wave into the mainstream American diet. --Mark Thompson, wwwseasonalchef.com
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Lab-grown meat is the future of food: are you ready to take a bite? (video)
Cultured meat by SuperMeat is a work in progress. The new food is designed to create meat without killing animals, an exciting prospect for people trying to be more environmentally and ethically conscious, but unwilling to become vegetarian, according to an article at alternate.org.
Rates of vegetarianism appear to remain steady, despite greater knowledge of the animal suffering involved in factory farming and the detrimental environmental effects of meat eating, according to
the Vegetarian Resource Group’s report on surveys from 2006
SuperMeat is racing to become consumer-ready and even rival the type of meat currently sold in supermarkets. “It will taste like regular meat, but the whole process is much more controllable, so
people will be able to personally adjust their meat, its ingredients and flavors, creating new exciting tastes,” said SuperMeat vice president Ronen Bar.
SuperMeat’s mission is to create a meat that is clean, healthy, environmentally friendly, and is anticipated to be produced and sold in grocery store kiosks and be affordable for consumers.
Read more and watch a video at:http://www.alternet.org/print/
Farm to school rocks!
October is National Farm to School month, and Farm Aid is celebrating the 42% of U.S. schools that are participating in farm to school programs.
The Farm Aid motto is Keep America Growing! through school programs that benefit kids, farmers and communities. Programs come in all shapes and sizes, according to the Farm to School Rocks website. Students learn in the living laboratory of school gardens. Produce from local farms is served in school cafeterias. A creative food and farm curriculum deepens knowledge.The site is interactive, guiding and inspiring everyone to get engaged in the farm to school movement.
Read more here: https://www.farmaid.org/farm-school-rocks/?utm_source=October+Farm+to+School
News article summaries by Joyce Campbell. email@example.com