Author name: Valerie Taylor

I'm a mom and writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. In trying to eat more locally and sustainably, I discovered something unexpected: looking for food locally allows me -- even forces me -- to examine very closely all aspects of feeding myself and my family. When I look nearby for food, I find a whole lot more.

Big Surprise: Farmers’ Markets on the Increase

The USDA (rather belatedly) began tracking farmers’ markets in 1994.Β  Although they’re still not very good at it (a check of their database shows exactly THREE in my hometown of Cincinnati which in reality hosts dozens every week) even with their limited knowledge of and connection with actual farmers (!) they’re seeing significant growth in …

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Free Online Home Canning Course

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is offering a free, online, at-your-own-pace course in home food preservation through the Universtiy of Georgia.Β  Topics include: Introduction to Food Preservation General Canning Canning Acid Foods Canning Low-Acid Foods For more details or to register, visit Preserving Food at Home: A Self-Study. More about home food preservation: …

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Drink & Democracy: A Stroll Down Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail

TableTours is offering a three-day local eating and drinking tour of Kentucky’s Bourbon country October 2 – 4. The price of the tour is $350 per person and includes diverse Bourbon tastings, customized breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus from some of Kentucky’s most celebrated chefs, distillery and museum visits, and lectures on Bourbon and Kentucky …

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Traveling Locavore: Tin Angel Cafe, Salt Lake City

Our family traveled through Salt Lake City, UT, during our National Parks Extravaganza this summer on our way between Grand Teton National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. As always when we travel, we try to find local independent restaurants that source locally. Generally this is easy to do by looking for foodie blogs in …

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The Locaquaffer: Fresh Peach Wine Spritzer Recipe

It’s peach season! Fresh peaches are abundant in many farmers’ markets right now, and they are delicious this year. Take advantage of a fresh, local, seasonal ingredient for your evenings on the deck with this summer-in-a-glass recipe for peach wine spritzers. Fresh Peach Spritzers 6 fresh peaches, quartered (I leave the peels on, but peel …

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Raw Milk: How To Set Up a Herdshare, and How To Evaluate a Dairy Farmer’s Herdshare Program

One of the more delicious ways to eat locally is to drink local milk. For most of us, this means raw (unpasteurized) milk. Unfortunately, raw milk is illegal to buy or sell in many U.S. states. But often there’s a way around it: A herdshare program. Drinking raw milk from a cow you own is …

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Traveling Locavore: Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Dining Room, Yellowstone National Park

When my family was planning this summer’s National Parks Extravaganza, I did a little research on local eating in the cities through which we were traveling as we moved from park to park – Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle. As expected, I was able to find multiple restaurants and often a farmers’ …

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