Backyard Industry

WILL - Backyard Industry - February 14, 2013

Food Connection, Part One

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(Duration: 5:37)

A young couple and their baby

We're all familiar with the idea of romance blossoming over a fancy meal. In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts kicks off the 2013 season with the first in a three-part series about romantic partnerships that have become life partnerships... with food as a major focus.

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WILL - Backyard Industry - December 12, 2012

See-Food Diet

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(Duration: 5:41)

A young woman taking a photo of food at a restaurant.

Some people eat their food and share their appreciation with others at the table. Others like to write about their food and share it with their readers. Still others prefer to take photos of their food and share the photos with, well, everyone. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts takes photos of her lunch and discusses the recent food photography phenomenon with professional photographer Justine Bursoni.




WILL - Backyard Industry - October 25, 2012

Chicken Wranglers, Urban Style

Three chickens foraging in grass.

Two and a half years ago, one of the first In My Backyard pieces was about keeping chickens in the city. WILL’s Lisa Bralts follows up with both new and, uh, seasoned chicken owners, and learns what happens when girl chickens crow (they don’t), that raccoons and possums aren’t chickens’ only potential enemies, and that people give their chickens really strange names.

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Categories: Agriculture


WILL - Backyard Industry - October 04, 2012

What’s An Aigre-Doux?

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(Duration: 4:43)

Jars of tomatoes on a shelf.

We’re lucky indeed here in central Illinois - our local specialty crop farmers grow gorgeous produce that lends itself for preservation so we can enjoy it year-round. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts talks pickles, preserves, and aigre-doux with Vie Restaurant’s Paul Virant - also known as "The Jarring Chef".

Categories: Agriculture

WILL - Backyard Industry - September 13, 2012

In the Pumpkin Patch

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(Duration: 5:14)

A large squash on the ground in a garden.

True autumn is just a couple of weeks away, and the cool nights mean the earth is about to offer up its bounty of cucurbits - pumpkins, squash, and gourds - for our eating and decorating pleasure. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts heads south to Arthur, Illinois, and learns that there’s a lot more to a pumpkin patch than prizewinner pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns.

Categories: Agriculture

WILL - Backyard Industry - August 22, 2012

In the Market For Something to Do?

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(Duration: 5:28)

Page of a catalog open to a description of a book

New to town? Wondering a) what the heck there is to eat around here, and b) if there’s any place that’s recognizable to you that can make you feel a little more at home? Try one of our local farmers markets. In this segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts talks to a farmers market fan who literally wrote the book on Midwestern markets, and ponders how new residents from anywhere can help create our ever-evolving local food culture right here.


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