A kitchen counter with green tomatoes and other ingredients
Lisa Bralts
November 05, 2014

Ode to the October Tomato

The end of tomato season is generally a sad affair for local eaters. In this episode of Backyard Industry, Lisa Bralts discovers that green tomatoes are in disguise - they only LOOK like they're not ready to be eaten. 

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March 25, 2014

Ramen Shaman

Urbana, IL chef and culinary pop-up proponent Mark Hartstein is fond of pickles, Hello Kitty, and extremely mainstream pop music. He and his wife Leslie also prepare a mean bowl of ramen when the occasion arises, which it did this past January at their "Saru Ramen" pop-up. Not only did they bring together and feed many patient locals on that frigid Tuesday night (with proceeds going to benefit the Eastern Illinois Foodbank), they even let Backyard Industry's Lisa Bralts "help".


A man holding a squash talking to children.
Lisa Bralts
October 03, 2013

Kids - Meet Your Vegetables!

Convincing kids to eat vegetables isn't always easy. In this episode of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts explores a farmers market program that teaches kids that vegetables are far more interesting when you know where they come from.

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A man and a woman playing guitars in a living room.
Cynthia Voelkl
August 07, 2013

Social Feedia: House Concerts and Hotdogs

A Champaign, Illinois couple has been bringing new meaning to the term "dinner and a show" for the last several years. In this episode of In My Backyard, host Lisa Bralts watches a house concert come together, learns about Sonoran hotdogs, and explores the connection between food, friends, and music. (Photo by Cynthia Voelkl)

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Some business cards talking about a local butcher shop.
Lisa Bralts
May 23, 2013

Downtown Chowhounds

Cities and towns are in a constant state of re-envisioning their downtown areas. In this episode of In My Backyard - the second in her Food Enterprise as Economic Development (FEED) series - Lisa Bralts examines how one local downtown is finding itself at the center of a food renaissance of sorts.

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Two men walking on a pier toward a restaurant
Lisa Bralts
April 10, 2013

FEED Me

For In My Backyard's Lisa Bralts, part of the fun of going on vacation is checking out what and where people in other parts of the country are eating. In this episode, she does some comparing, discovers that the home location can learn from the vacation destination (and vice versa), and ponders the concept of FEED: Food Enterprise as Economic Development.

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Page of a catalog open to a description of a book
Lisa Bralts
August 22, 2012

In the Market For Something to Do?

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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A photo of a carton of eggs
Lisa Bralts
June 28, 2012

Fear and Poaching in Urbana

In this episode of In My Backyard, decidedly amateur egg-poacher Lisa Bralts gets a lesson from cook/author Millicent Souris that starts at a local farm and ends in the kitchen.

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Man onstage speaking to a large crowd.
Lisa Bralts
April 12, 2012

Slow and Steady

Investments don't have to be electronic transactions with faceless people involving companies based far away from home.  In this segment of In My Backyard Lisa learns a few things about Slow Money, risk, and investment in small, local food enterprises from Woody Tasch, the guy who literally wrote the book on it.

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August 04, 2011

A Rural Dream Come True

Sometimes following your dream doesn't mean you get to quit your day job. In this segment of In My Backyard, Lisa Bralts learns how local farmer Cathe Capel juggles work, marriage, and small farming while advocating for a better, healthier food system.

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