Focus - August 31, 2012

Farmers Markets

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

Focus - August 30, 2012

Kingdom Under Glass

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am

Focus - August 28, 2012

Encore: Cricket Radio: Tuning In the Night-Singing Insects

Guest: John Himmelman.

Today on Focus, award-winning writer John Himmelman seeks to reconnect us with the sounds of the night that so often escape our notice. He'll explain the purposes and meanings of the sounds made by various crickets and katydids. He also offers instructions on how to attract these insects to our own back yards.

Focus - August 28, 2012

Why the Constitution Matters

Mark Tushnet, J.D., William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, July 30, 2010, 10 am

Page 1 of 5 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›