This is a long review of the food movement in the form of a five-book review by Michael Pollen. It’s long but very good – this guy is the expert in the area and he provides great insights.
This is an awesome program in Detroit that teaches kids about food, cooking, and economics (among other things). This is a great model. Read HERE.
Interesting story about the benefits of starting a business in farmer’s markets before committing to an actual storefront. But, there are difficulties in doing this in California. Mainly, the wait times are long, but there are also regulations in place that limit non-food vendors. The good news is that we don’t have these problems in Florida. The bad news is that we don’t have the number of markets that we should.
I almost ate the screen on my computer. This looks great and would be even better with local produce. Definitely a flavor to think about in future sickles.
The author of this article calls markets inefficient with good reason. But she also praises the innovations that have occurred and calls for more creativity. I like a lot of her ideas – markets in transportation hubs, commercial kitchens located nearby, etc. Interesting ideas.
Here’s a story about a new kid’s book out that won an award for capturing the lives of Mexican children and young adults. I plan to pick up a copy just to find out what else you can do with a paleta (other than the obvious).
Here’s a little more “meatier” article about the ins and outs of is creative method of selling paletas. He uses fresh ingredients from local produce and makes them in the market. I like the description of them being kind of like a smoothie.
Here’s a story about a man in Atlanta that peddles Paletas. He has a cart and does all of his advertising on Twitter. You never know the flavors or the location unless you check his page. Interesting idea and great flavors.
Coke has introduced new machines that sell a variety of flavored sodas. Neat idea based on the notion that people want variety in their consumption patterns. Of course it still all comes down to fizzy water flavored with artificial flavorings and loaded down with artificial sweeteners. I’m all for increasing variety – let’s make it natural, fresh, and supportive of local farmers when possible.