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WILL - Focus - August 31, 2012

Farmers Markets

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(Duration: 55:01)

Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School

Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen

We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.

And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.

Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?

We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School.  She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

WILL - Focus - July 19, 2012

Eating Well Affordably

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(Duration: 55:01)

Linda Watson, Cook and Researcher; author of Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet All on $5 a Day or Less

Host: Celeste Quinn

This interview is part of a day of programming on local food airing on WILL-AM and WILL-TV on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

L is for Lovin’ Local Food is part of our media engagement initiative on health and wellness funded in part by a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation.

Categories: Food

WILL - Focus - July 19, 2012

Finding Food in Farm Country

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(Duration: 50:24)

Dave Bishop, farmer, PrairiErth Farm

Terra Brockman, founder and executive director of the Land Connection, steering committee member of The Edible Economy Project

Kenneth Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center (by phone)

Host: Kimberlie Kranich

Approximately 95% of the food we eat in Illinois, comes from someplace else.  The farmland in Illinois is some of the richest in the nation and the state’s economy is one of the worst. A growing number of people in central Illinois are working together to build clusters of regional food businesses to aid economic recovery and increase residents’ access to fresh food.  We’ll explore the idea of “local” foods as a strategy for economic recovery in Illinois and the nation and dig into specific efforts in central Illinois.

Categories: Agriculture, Food

WILL - Focus - July 18, 2012

Farmers Markets

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(Duration: 51:20)

Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School

Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen

We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.

And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.

Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?

We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School.  She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

WILL - Focus - June 19, 2012

The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet

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(Duration: 50:26)

Pierre Desrochers, Ph.D., Mercatus Center Affiliated Scholar; Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto

Host: David Inge
 

When selecting food for their dinner table, more and more people are looking for food produced close to home in the hope that it will boost food security for all. But University of Toronto economic geographer Pierre Desrochers says that while that might seem like a good idea, it does very little to solve our serious global food problems. We’ll talk about his new book "The Locavore’s Dilemma." In the book, he takes on some of the key points of the “eat local” agenda, including the ideas that local food is better for us and for the environment.


WILL - Focus - May 30, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

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(Duration: 52:57)

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."






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